The Tigers home uniform is classic to the point of being sacred. It is untouchable. And, in fact, since 1934 the classic dark blue Old English D on the bright white jersey has remained almost unaltered.
But the off-season is a time to dream. What if we were to throw tradition aside for a moment and try on some new clothes?
To be fair the Tigers have mixed in a little unique style. There have been various Detroit Stars throwbacks for Negro Leagues weekend such as this one the Tigers wore on April 27, 2013:
And also this look for Fiesta Tigres.
I initially thought this uniform was pretty bad as it looked too much like the Dodgers uni. But I softened once I learned it was a 1960 throwback.
But outside of obvious throwbacks, what new ideas are there?
Scott D. at his blog The Concept Corner took a shot. Here is what he came up with:
Really good looking set here. I especially love the dark blue jersey with the gray pants. And ALWAYS high socks. I don't care for the pinstripes though (for obvious reasons), and an orange brim with a blue hat always looks cheap to me.
Mark Rabinowitz developed an entirely new logo for his away look:
Nice use of the Old English D in the Detroit word mark. You'll see that is a theme in more the designs below.
Bowen Hobbs on his blog 44th & Goal did a whole set of redesigns including these away jerseys I really like:
The orange lettering and numbers on the dark blue works well.
Ian Baker of did an entire Tigers redesign. Logo, wordmarks, uniform, the works.
I like the Tiger face, but the type face looks a little too Kirby's Dreamland, that is, a little too poofy for me.
Here is a video game rendered style from user CircleChange11:
Can we say an absolutely no to the vest look? The vest is stupid.
A user at sportslogos.net, Unwind, came up with this pair of designs:
I never liked the Tiger poking through the D logo. There is logo floating around that is just the Tiger's head (a la the CoPa logo) set inside a circle. That one works pretty well I think.
Greg Seher did a host of MLB designs on his blog. He stayed pretty standard with the Tigers but I think these look sharp:
The more I see it designed, the more I could be talked into an orange alternate jersey, especially paired with the home white pants.
Sportslogo.net user kingssss isn't afraid of the vest look. Kingssss did a few variations around this look:
Also on that website, user jkdevil offered up this design:
After reviewing dozens of concepts the consensus remains: never touch the home uniforms. I would be up for changing the road unis though.
Instead of the script word mark I would go back to the block style they had in the late 80's early 90's. Like this:
But I would never do a pullover, ditch the stripes on the collar, make the sleeve stripes both blue, and add the modern "Y" style piping.
This is quick and dirty, but it would look like this:
Sexy eh? Pair this with high blue socks with orange stripes (the stripes give a nod to tiger stripes without being Cincinnati Bengals fugly) and you would have the sharpest look in the league.
What do you think? Any new designs to contribute?
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