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Ranking every current AL Central uniform

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Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins

In the last couple of weeks, Twinkie Town and the rest of SB Nation looked at the best teams that didn’t win a championship. This week, there is also a theme: uniforms. Today, I will be looking at all of the current uniforms in the AL Central, and decided that a tier grouping would be the best way to go about ranking them. So, without further ado, here’s my tier grouping of every uniform in the division.

Tier A: The best of the best

Twins Alternate Reds

The Minnesota Twins squeak by the Kansas City Royals winning 4-3

This is one of my all-time favorite Twins jerseys. It has everything I want in a jersey: one bold, dominant color, a good logo, great accents, and great text. The stripe down the pants looks great, and it is simple, without much going on. The red is bright, but not blinding. This is what I like in a jersey: one dominant color, and great accents to support that color, and that’s exactly what this jersey has.

Indians Alternate Reds

Detroit Tigers v Cleveland Indians Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

Just about everything I said about the Twins red alternates is relevant here: one dominant color, and great backups. I bet you can probably tell by now that red is one of my favorite colors, and this jersey pulls it off well. The Indians script on the front is great, and the white outline separates the two colors well. Overall, the jersey is worthy of being here in the A tier.

Royals Alternate Blues

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images

The Kansas City Royals only have one fully royal blue jersey, and this is it. The royal blue looks amazing on this jersey, and the white and light blue outlines are an amazing addition. The white looks great with the royal blue, and this once again fits all of my requirements for a great jersey. This jersey just looks really clean, and it definitely deserves to be in the top tier.

Twins Alternate Powder Blues

Minnesota Twins/Twitter Page

For the 2020 season, the Twins brought back their powder blue uniforms, and they couldn’t be better. The navy blue outlines replicate those on the ones that the Twins wore in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and yet they still bring a new feel to these unis. The blue-white-red stripes look really nice on these uniforms, and the patch is really clean. Overall, these could be the best Twins jerseys right now, but I’ll have to see them in a real game to tell. Right now, though, they deserve to be up here in Tier A.


Tier B: Pretty good

Twins Alternate Oldstyle Blue/Red

Tampa Bay Rays v Minnesota Twins

I know that this uniform is controversial, and some like it and others don’t. This is partially because they used these instead of the beloved off-white pinstriped jerseys. In my opinion, though, they have a nice color scheme, and I really like these. The gold accents give these a good shine, and even though it makes the blue and red clash, I still like this. Ultimately, though, there’s too much going on here for it to deserve to be in the A tier.

White Sox Alternate Blacks

New York Yankees v Chicago White Sox Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

If I had to choose one more uniform to put into Tier A, this would be it. It has one clean main color, a nice backup color, and good accents. The black looks great, the white backs it up well, and the silver accents are spot-on. The pinstriped pants are also a great addition to this uniform. The only reason that this isn’t top-tier is because of its lack of color, although their colors are black and white, so you can’t expect much. This look is great for the Sox, and it is a very nice jersey.

White Sox Alternate Throwback

MLB: MAY 05 Red Sox at White Sox Photo by Quinn Harris/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

I know that you guys probably won’t like this, but I am putting this in the B Tier. This is not a mistake. The stripe across the front of the jersey is great. Navy blue and red together looks amazing on any jersey, and the “SOX” script looks amazing. Also, the pants are great. The navy blue and red stripe down the pants looks very clean, and the red number on the pants is a great addition. Overall, this jersey gives off a simple, clean feel, and that’s what I want in a jersey.

Royals Alternate Light Blue

Chicago White Sox v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

This jersey is one of my favorites, and I think that the sky blue being the dominant color on these was a really good choice. The Royals cursive script on the front is great, and I love how they used the Royals logo patch on the sleeve. The use of the classic Royals cap here is used well, and I am happy that they used it instead of something else. The only thing that I would change on these is the accents. I don’t think that navy blue is the best fit here, but other than that, this is a great looking jersey.


Tier C: Good, but not great

Twins Alternate Blues

Minnesota Twins v. New York Mets Photo by Alex Trautwig/MLB via Getty Images

I like this look a lot, especially compared to their other road jersey. It is a good, simple, clean, and colorful-enough, which is exactly what a road jersey is supposed to be. One of my favorite features of this is the simple, thin, red stripes near the buttons and by the sleeves. It doesn’t attract much attention, but it definitely adds a lot to this jersey. It’s a good jersey at the end of the day, but it isn’t great.

Twins Home Whites

Atlanta Braves v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

This is exactly what a home jersey should be: team name on the front, simple enough, and white. I love the white look, and the Twins script is modernized and cool-looking. There’s one bad thing here, though: the accents. Call me picky, but I think the red is too bold, and the silly Kasota Gold has no place here. Overall, this is a great jersey dragged down by the small details.

Royals Alternate White

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim v Kansas City Royals Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

This is a good jersey, and a great concept, but there is a lot of room for improvement. For example, if I were to put gold as one of the main colors, then I would feature it a lot more. I like this, and the gold looks good here, but it simply isn’t featured enough for my liking.

Royals Home Whites

New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals - Game Two Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

This jersey is really good and really simple, and I love everything about it. The glossy royal blue is really nice here, and everything is good. I like this jersey a lot. The reason that it’s here in Tier C is because it’s perfectly white with one other color that’s barely there. How good can this type of jersey really be?

Indians Home Whites

Toronto Blue Jays v. Cleveland Indians Photo by Kirk Irwin/MLB via Getty Images

I like this jersey a lot, but it is once again in that weird category where isn’t enough going on. The pants are just plain bad, and the only reason why it is in Tier C is because of the “Indians” script. The shiny red and the blue are a great combo on this jersey, and it is pulled off very well.


Tier D: So-So

Indians Alternate Blues

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

This jersey is in the middle for me. There’s nothing wrong with it, but it’s not exciting or flashy or anything. I like the blue, and the “CLEVELAND” script on the front in red is nice, and the white outlining is nice, but as I said earlier, there’s nothing special about it. The cap looks great, and I like the lettering on the back, and there’s nothing I would change, but it’s not outstanding or good.

White Sox Road Grays

Chicago White Sox v Baltimore Orioles
Look who it is!
Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images

Again, this jersey has nothing wrong with it; it just isn’t spectacular. Also, I just don’t like gray jerseys. I can’t put a finger on the reason why, so I’m assuming that it’s just personal preference. One thing that’s really nice about these, though, is the “Chicago” script on the front. It looks very well with the gray, but that’s just about all I like on this jersey.

Tigers Away Grays

MLB: MAR 31 Tigers at Blue Jays Photo by Gerry Angus/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

These are gray, so they can’t be anything too special (at least to me), but this jersey is all right. The orange accents give this jersey color, which is valuable to me, and they go well with the white accents as well. The slanted Detroit script it’s not my favorite, but the orange and white accents go perfectly on this jersey, and they save this from being outright horrible.

Tigers Home Whites

Minnesota Twins v Detroit Tigers Photo by Mark Cunningham/MLB Photos via Getty Images

White is better than gray, I guess. That’s the only reason this jersey isn’t F tier. The white base without anything but the logo on the front looks subpar. Can you at least have the player’s number on the front? Please? Overall, the jersey being white is the only reason that it’s OK.


Tier F: Not my favorite

Twins Away Grays

Minnesota Twins v Kansas City Royals Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

I know this is going to be controversial, and I know that I probably shouldn’t put a Twins jersey in the F tier, but I’ve just seen this too many times and thought, “This jersey isn’t very good.” Call me crazy, but I just don’t prefer this jersey.

White Sox Home Pinstripes

Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

The Sox logo is outstanding, and it makes this jersey. They are similar to the black jerseys, and that isn’t a bad thing, but the blacks look exponentially better than these. There is just too little going on here. There are two colors here: White and black. This jersey desperately needs something else.

Indians Away Grays

Cleveland Indians v Minnesota Twins Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images

I’ve said it a lot in this article: I just don’t prefer gray. This uniform is below average in my opinion, and the “CLEVELAND” script looks a lot better on the blue version of this then on the gray. I just don’t think it looks all that good.

Royals Away Grays

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

I don’t know what it is, but that cursive font they used to create the “Kansas City” script just doesn’t look right in my opinion. In fact, this whole uniform just looks somehow off to me. I don’t know why, maybe it’s just personal preference, but I don’t like this jersey that much.


Maybe I went too in-depth about this, maybe I didn’t, but either way, thank you so much for reading my article, and I hope that this made your day just a bit better!