The Emperors’ New Clothes: Kansas City Royals Unveil Updated Uniforms for 2022

Major League Baseball’s Kansas City Royals are hoping some updated uniforms will help in their quest to reclaim the World Series throne in 2022 and beyond.

On their Twitter account and website Friday morning, the team released photos of four new uniforms slated for use starting in the 2022 season: a home primary; a home alternate; a road primary; and a road alternate.

“We’re excited to introduce to our fans, our new uniform set for the 2022 season,” Royals Vice President/Major League Team Operations Jeff Davenport told the team’s website. “These updates reflect fresh variations on our brand esthetic, that generations of Royals fans have come to identify with, while also offering newer classic looks to the overall uniform set. We see these as an ode to the traditions of the past yet refined and updated for inspiration of what’s to come.”

The biggest change is a new “KANSAS CITY” wordmark on the road uniforms that is set in vertically arched varsity block letters. This replaces the script wordmark the club had used on its road uniforms since 2012.

UPDATE: As graphic designer extraordinaire and frequent collaborator Todd Radom pointed out on Twitter, the new road wordmark appears to be a carbon copy of lettering the team used in 1971 and 1972 — warts and all.

The primary road uniform is grey with royal blue lettering and numbers. White piping has been removed from the striping at the sleeve cuffs and from around the names and numbers on the front and back of the jersey. The sleeve stripes have been thickened on all four uniforms.

The alternate road uniform is royal blue with white lettering and numbers. Again, piping has been removed, this time the powder blue that used to feature on the sleeves and around the numbers. In the unveiling photos, Royals players are wearing the royal blue jersey with grey pants from the primary road set.

The primary home uniform hasn’t changed much from the previous iteration; it’s still white with royal blue lettering and numbers. The piping on the sleeves has been updated and thickened to match other uniforms in the set.

The home alternate uniform retains the popular powder blue base, but does away with royal blue. The logos, letters and numbers are all white — including the TV number on the front, which used to be royal blue. Royal blue piping around the “ROYALS” script and on the sleeve stripes has been removed.

The unveiling photos and video show Royals players wearing the powder blue jersey with the white pants from the primary home set.

All four jerseys feature a patch with the team’s primary logo on the left sleeve. And all four are pictured in the unveiling paired with an unchanged cap that features a white interlocking “KC” monogram on a royal blue base.

Authentic versions of the new jersey will be available exclusively at the Royals Team Store location at Kauffman Stadium starting at 8 a.m. on Black Friday (Nov. 26) until Dec. 3. Fans will also be able to pre-order replica versions starting on Black Friday, with delivery expected in February.

All photos, including feature photo, courtesy @Royals / Twitter and