The Kansas City Royals announced on Wednesday that they would be unveiling a new uniform on Friday, November 19th. Of course, this is exciting for fans and players.
The Royals Twitter posted a mysterious teaser with a silhouette of Whit Merrifield indicating a new uniform would be revealed. Fans immediately responded with excitement. Color combination began to race through a lot of people’s minds. Will we see the return of the black jersey top? Will we see the uniforms with no sleeves? Are the new jerseys being worn at home or on the road?
Some fans resorted to technology and lightened the image to see if they could get a sneak peek. The boys in blue were prepared and posted “nice try” in the center of Merrifield’s chest.
Royals Add Alternate Black Jersey Tops
According to mlb.com, on Sunday, April 10th, 1994, Kansas City introduced an alternate home royal blue top. In 1995 the team would introduce a grey baseball cap worn for road games. In the same year, they unveiled an alternate black uniform (pictured below). Many fans enjoyed the look of these uniforms even though the team played subpar baseball.
Royals’ Home and Away Jerseys Lose Sleeves?
In 2002, the away grey jersey would lose its sleeves, and the players wore a black undershirt. In 2003, the home white jersey would lose its sleeves, and the players wore a blue undershirt. From that point, the jerseys did not receive an overhaul.
The Royals Commemorate Their 2015 World Series Win
In 2016, the Royals would commemorate their World Series victory by adding gold flakes to the front of the white home jerseys. The same gold color replaced the white KC logo on the baseball cap (pictured below).
What Are Your Thoughts on the Royals New Jersey?
My guess for the new uniform is going to be a full, powder blue uniform. I predict they will be worn on the road, similar to the 1973 powder blue uniforms. My theory behind this lies in the mysterious image released by the Kansas City Royals Twitter account. For me, the base of the jersey sleeve is blue, white, blue. When you look at the powder blue uniforms from 1973, you will see a similar sleeve (pictured below).
If this is true, I hope they bring back the high pants with stirrups. A perfect example of an old-school look, and baseball players enjoy honoring the past. We will have to be patient and wait until Friday, November 19th.