The last time the Twins changed their home whites, they had a new manager who immediately won a World Series.
Worth a shot, right?
Minnesota players will have a new, pinstripe-free look when they take the field for rookie manager Paul Molitor next April, the team announced Monday.
The pinstripes, which they adopted for the 1987 season — their first World Championship season — are out, and “a cleaner, more contemporary look with Kasota gold accents” will be the new standard home uniform, Twins President Dave St. Peter said.
“Understanding that we introduced a throwback uniform with pinstripes five years ago, we thought that gave us the liberty to look at something without pinstripes now,” St. Peter said. “Major League Baseball introduced the Kasota gold trim for the All-Star Game, and we really liked it. The color is symbolic of the sandstone that you see in Target Field, that comes from a quarry near Mankato.”
The gold serves as a “shadow” color on the team’s name on the front, and also as a stripe between the red and navy blue trim around the neck and sleeves.
The color also outlines the traditional TC logo on the team’s new navy home caps; their traditional navy hats will remain as an alternative.
The cream-colored throwbacks are unchanged, as are road grays, and the navy blue alternate uniforms.
The various uniforms will continue to be worn occasionally, as equipment manager Rod McCormick determines with the players, but the solid white tops will be the main uniform.
“We know our fans take great pride in the team’s brand and uniforms, and we think they will appreciate this update to our look. We’re excited about it,” St. Peter said. “And if we’re as successful in changing these uniforms as we were the last time, that’s a good thing, too.”