Are the Royals using a custom variant of the standard MLB block? I've been trying to replicate it in Illustrator by taking the standard MLB block and making it a bit thicker with outlines, but it's not looking how I'd hope. I have both the standard block and a condensed variant, so it seems like there was a thicker variant that was made.
It's not the standard MLB block that's used by teams like the Mets, Cardinals, and Orioles; as you noted, it's a thicker variant. The Royals' font is similar (but not identical) to the numbers used on the front of the Dodgers' uniforms. To my knowledge the exact typeface is not readily available on the Internet.
Here's how to make a close approximation in Illustrator:
1) Download the Mets font off of Conrad's website.
2) Type out the numbers at 26.5 pt size in Illustrator.
3) Add a .55 pt outer stroke or 1.1 pt regular stroke.
That will get you extremely close to what the Royals use.
Good to know, thanks. My issue was taking the standard MLB block font (the one provided by Conrad), and doing an offset path of about .25'' or so. It made everything look too bloated and not formed properly.
When you say Mets font... isn't that standard MLB block?
I would not recommend using the font labeled "MLB Block 1" on Conrad's website. I'm not sure why, but the number 5 is off in that typeface. I chose to use the Mets font from this link: https://fontsbyconrad.wordpress.com/2014/05/19/mlb-fonts-update-by-conrad/. You could just as easily use a bunch of other teams, the Mets just happen to be the team I chose.