CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – The Cleveland Indians will look a little different when they take the field in 2019.
Specifically, since the club has announced changes to their uniforms for the upcoming season.
Fans will notice several distinct tweaks to the jerseys, which will include a fourth, red, jersey to be worn during home games in 2019.
The addition of a red jersey marks the first time the Indians have made it an official jersey color since 1976.
Also, gone is the familiar smiling Chief Wahoo logo on the left sleeve of the jerseys and home cap. In Wahoo’s place on the jersey, the 2019 all-star logo. The block “C” will replace Wahoo on the home cap.
Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio said the club is still in the process on developing a permanent logo to replace Wahoo.
“I’m not even sure where we are on that path, but the All-Star game patch gives us some more time to work through those issues to see if we get a third logo,” DiBiasio said. “Obviously the block “C” is the primary logo. Script “Indians” is our secondary logo and whether we move to a third logo is still up for debate.”
The removal of Wahoo from the jersey and cap comes as the club has made an effort to de-emphasize the logo in recent years.
“He’s been a part of our history. We’ve been around a long long time,” DiBiasio said. “This is coming up on our 119th Opening Day. I’m sure some (fans) will miss it and some will applaud the removal.”
The Indians also made changes to their midnight navy blue jersey, replacing the script Indians font with block “Cleveland” lettering, similar the current road uniforms.
Both the grey and navy blue will be worn on the road with grey pants and the navy block “C” cap. The home uniforms will feature the traditional white jersey and the new red jersey. Both will be worn with white pants.
The home uniforms will be accented with the navy cap and red bill with the block “C.”
The combinations will give the Indians two defined road combinations and two defined home combinations. There will be no day-specific uniforms for the Indians this season.
“When we came out with the cream colored jerseys, that was a weekend holiday uniform. I don’t think we are stuck with that situation (with these uniforms), DiBiasio said.
The 2019 All-Star game will mark the sixth time the mid-summer classic has been played in Cleveland. The other five previous All-Star games were in 1935, 1954, 1963, 1981 and 1997. Cleveland becomes the only city with one team to hold the event six times.
Retooling the Indians’ uniforms has been a year-long process that included discussions with league officials as well as the players.
“You always like to talk to guys to tell them what you’re up to so they’re not shocked,” DiBiasio said. “Some have an opinion and others, I think the shoes are more important. You saw Mr. Clevinger’s tweets about the freedom to do what you want with your shoes. I think that’s more important to the guys today than the jerseys.”
The decision on which uniform the team will wear on a given day will be a players decision, primarily the starting pitcher.