November 09, 2010
The Cleveland Indians announced on Monday afternoon that their road look in 2011 will be a decided blast from the past. Instead of the usual script, the city's name will be printed in block letters across the grey chest, just as it was during the franchise's inaugural season as a charter member of the American League in 1901.
It's a solid move and one that should also be adopted full-time for the Indians' great cream-colored jerseys that will remain the home alternates (albeit with a new all-red block 'C' cap that the team could do without). As Hardball Talk notes, it's time to move on from the script jerseys, which seem like a relic of the '90s.
One other thing, too: The Indians are going for an early 20th century retro look — which is awesome — but then they muck the whole thing up by insisting on including Chief Wahoo on the sleeve.
Many of you know that I'm not a big fan of the crude caricature — not even all the Ricky Vaughn nostalgia in the world can change that — but I dislike the patch in this instance because it's a melding of eras that doesn't quite work. If you're going to go retro, go all the way retro.