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Red Sox eyeing ‘new and different concepts’ for uniforms

Alex Cora

The Boston Red Sox have one of the most well-known looks in all of baseball, but that doesn’t mean they’re immune to potential changes.

Red Sox president Sam Kennedy suggested recently that the team is looking at possible concept changes for its classic uniforms, though he added that the club is “respectful” of its traditional look.

“We are looking at changes as we go forward,” Kennedy said, via Chad Jennings of The Athletic. “(The changes will be) likely geared to get us to a uniform that is geared towards high performance. We will always be respectful of our incredible traditional look and feel, but we are always open to new and different concepts as time goes by.”

Fear not, traditionalists. It sounds like the Red Sox are more focused on changing the fit than the aesthetics.

“I think our folks on the ownership side are really more focused on fit,” executive vice president of partnerships Troup Parkinson said. “They think that, for example, Nike can bring tons of technology to the fit and hopefully help the performance of the athlete, which has happened in basketball and in football, but, amazingly, in baseball it hasn’t. The (players), if you talk to them, they will say the uniform doesn’t fit.”

It’s hard to imagine major changes to Boston’s uniforms, especially the home whites. If it’s more a performance issue than anything else, that seems easily adaptable.

There was some modest outcry when it was announced that the Nike “swoosh” would appear on MLB uniforms going forward. It would be much worse is even bigger changes were made.

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