Prior to the 2022 season, Audacy Sports ranked the Minnesota Twins as having MLB's 24th best uniforms, opining that "the Twins feel like the San Diego Padres a few years ago -- they aren't the worst uniforms in the league, but they can do a lot better."
Evidently, some people in high places agreed with our assessment.
In a conversation with Phil Miller of The Star Tribune -- H/T Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.Net -- Twins' president Dave St. Peter revealed that the Twins will be refreshing their uniforms in 2023. Not only that, but they are taking inspiration from the aforementioned Padres.
"Our uniforms are going to evolve and take a step toward the future," St. Peter said. "There is always a sensitivity to paying respect to the history and the heritage of the franchise, but there’s also a desire to move it forward, much like we did in the mid-’80s.
"We're in a little bit of a different world today, and we've seen several brands go through a refresh. The Padres are a great example — they went with a refresh that actually reached back to their origins, but they did it in a really bold, dynamic way," St. Peter said of San Diego's re-embrace of its brown-and-gold, swinging-friar history. "It wasn't just a cookie-cutter of what Steve Garvey wore in 1984. And our goals are the same. How do you pay tribute to that history and heritage, but do it in a very modern way?"
Aiming to have a new uniform glow up be as well received as the Padres is a pretty good goal. The Padres refreshed their look in advance of the 2020 season, and checked in at No. 5 on Audacy's preseason countdown of the best uniforms in baseball.
Details are scarce about what the rebrand will look like, but St. Peter says that the Twins will continue to use the colors of red, white and blue. Adjustments will be made to "the lettering, the logos, the look of the team," St. Peter says, while adding the teaser that the new look will feature "tweaks or in some cases, more than that." Apparently, the new uniforms have already been completed, but won't be unveiled until after the World Series.
The Twins scrapped pinstripes on their gray road uniforms in 2010, also ceasing to wear their much-debated "M" hats away from Minnesota a few years later. Before the 2015 season, the Twins also removed pinstripes from their white home uniforms.