Last week, the Indians announced some changes to the uniforms for this season. Jon brought you the initial news, and I’ve been waiting to hear a few more details before discussing it here. I don’t know if I’m the most opinionated one on the site about uniforms or not, but I certainly do pay attention and probably voice my opinion more than the rest of the guys.
The changes aren’t major, but could definitely be an upgrade. The most notable differences to the Home white and alternate jerseys are the removal of the trim along the collar and down the button panels. That piping has been part of the Indians’ white and blue tops in some form since the team switched to the new wordmark and uniforms in the ’90s.
The Tribe’s 2011 uniforms
Another change is the outline around the script Indians. It will be more subdued, with only a two-tone approach. The white features a red script with thin blue outline, and the blue will have a red script and white outline. Another change that is hard to see from the top image is the outline around the neck. The white uniforms feature a “thin navy blue outline” and the alternates feature a “thin gray outline”. The gray is more visible against the navy undershirt.
These changes most fans will get used to right away. They make the uniforms a little less formal. I’m not sold yet on the neck outline. Especially on the blue. If you wanted to get rid of the piping, why not make a clean break?
Paul Lucas’ Uni-Watch brought to my attention another subtle change. The font itself has been altered a bit. Take a look at this comparison. The new style matches the club’s official logo. Apparently that is what Kurt Schloss was referring to here-
“It’s really about brand continuity more than it is about retail,” said Kurt Schloss, Indians senior director of merchandising. “That’s one of the things we want people to understand. Retail doesn’t drive the uniforms. Instead, it’s about how we want the brand to look in the marketplace.”
That isn’t the end of the tweaks however.
I’ve been critical of the Tribe’s alternate cream uniforms in the past. It appears the team is taking some steps to improve many of the problem areas I had with the uniform. The first problem is with the size of the block letters. On a smaller player, the lettering consumed the bulk of the front of the jersey. This year the font will be reduced slightly to help with that issue. Another reason I haven’t been wild about the look is the mis-match of accessory colors. The Indians wore the red hats with blue socks and sleeves under these last season. The look just seemed awkward. This year the Indians will pair the red hat and cream uniforms with red socks and red sleeves underneath according to Terry Pluto.
I’d like to see these together, as I think the changes will greatly help. I bet it will still be my least favorite of the four uniforms, as I’m just not a fan of the cream in general. But perhaps they will look better.