What makes a good uniform?
Is it creativity? Tradition? Design? Colours?
That’s why ranking uniforms is so difficult: there are so many factors that play a role in ranking a uniform, the most important being subjectivity. What looks good to you may not look so good to others.
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But in baseball, it’s a bit easier considering that there are no thoroughly bad uniforms in the league in 2020. There are no Buccaneers cream jerseys here. And given that so many franchises are so deeply rooted in tradition and familiarity, there isn’t much room for a complete makeover. So many teams rely on blue and red. So many rely on script labels.
There is an odd two-way division in baseball, where tradition is at the top and fans generally agree that things stay the same. In some cases, franchise companies’ fashion choices have had catastrophic effects (you see, Arizona).
But that doesn’t mean that uniforms have no room for creativity. We have seen teams like the Padres and Brewers make progress with their kits for 2020 to revive tradition and look forward to the future.
When we see these uniforms in the field, they are a sight for sore eyes. Taking into account colors, logos, alternatives and design, they have the following ranking:
MLB uniform ranking
The “C” logo (if we can call it that) used on the hats of the Indians is quite boring and generic, and probably no team uses its color scheme worse. And there are lots by teams that rely on red, white and blue as the primary colors.
If Chief Wahoo (luckily) leaves the rotation, will the Indians be faced with a complete restart of their franchise? Maybe a return of the Cleveland Spiders? The Cleveland Bluebirds? Whatever the case, the generic look of the strain needs to be updated. “Major League” is damned. – Joe Rivera
While the Phillies’ alternate uniforms are beautiful – cream-colored uniforms are generally pretty and, as an alternative, underused, while powder blue in fashion again – the whole package is somehow eh.
Philadelphia benefits from recognizable writing on the chest, but there is also something about the red pinstripe that hits the eyes hard. Given its locale, Philadelphia would probably use a little more Americana in its uniforms – using the Liberty Bell logo a little more than the current “P” logo would be a welcome sight. – Joe Rivera
When the Diamondbacks redesigned in the mid-2010s, there was a lot of ridicule. Some of it was justified – the snakeskin-patterned trousers on the shoulders and ankles looked weird – but they deserve recognition for having and having an identity.
Arizona is snaky here: While some teams have three primary colors, the D-Backs have five, just a few just before a rainbow. (“Rainbow Snakes” is a much cooler name than Diamondbacks, what it’s worth). The “D-BACKS” on the chest also look a bit amateurish.
Arizona deserves a lot of credit for trying, but a simpler, leaner, slimmer look would probably work better for them. – Joe Rivera
Arizona deserves a lot of credit for trying it out, and a simpler, sleeker, slimmer look should probably work for them, but they desperately need to tone it down a bit when it comes to their colors. – Joe Rivera
The new look that the Marlins unveiled a few years ago was a welcome sight. But the uniforms, especially with the addition of black, just don’t stand out on the field.
Even with the pronounced pink-teal embellishments and outlines of Miami, these uniforms aren’t particularly noticeable, and that’s annoying when you consider that the color scheme is very “Miami Vice”. But the uniforms are very Miami Un-Nice. Or so. – Joe Rivera
26. White Sox
White and black work in certain sports on certain occasions. It should Work for the White Sox, to a point: the logo is a classic, and its alternating black uniform tops are also smooth. The setbacks are nice too. (Nobody tells Chris Sale that I said that).
But this is exactly where it ends. It is difficult to get creative with a white-black scheme, which is why the South Siders should try to incorporate their silver a little more into their uniforms. – Joe Rivera
The tigers suffer from one main problem: simplicity.
The old English D on the cap has been used since Methusalah entered the planet. The uniforms have largely remained unchanged since then.
Tradition can go a long way, but the tigers have no actual tiger images anywhere on their uniforms. Which is one thing I think. They also don’t have alternative uniforms, which is an interesting way Not sell goods in 2020. – Joe Rivera
The Nationals had a different look since they started a business in DC, and none was particularly inspiring. The joke that the main Curly W logo looks like a Walgreen logo is less humor than fact-finding, and their scripting unis are pretty boring overall.
Like the Phillies, a team based in the nation’s capital could use a little more flavor of ‘Murrica’. There is no eagle and the star banner is available in one of their alternative uniforms. – Joe Rivera
The Orioles are one of three teams in the MLB that use black and orange as two of their primary colors, which doesn’t cause much excitement and joy. More like darkness.
That said, the Orioles uniforms are pretty simple: lettering on the front and no stripes, piping or anything else on the top. A single leg strip on the pants serves as the only decoration.
There really isn’t a lot going on here, but you get points for using the cartoon bird over the realistic one of a few years ago. – Joe Rivera
The Rox have one of the best color schemes in the league, but their uniforms have something about them. Could just be a helping of genericity: the pinstripes feel like they don’t fit, while the removed shades of gray are essentially just cliparts to cut and paste.
The primary “CR” cap logo doesn’t really give the Rockies an identity. Western jerseys are generally terrible – not mine – even though the black alternatives they have are pretty daunting. The purple alternatives they have are nice too. But the whole set needs More. – Joe Rivera
The rays did some good things with their uniform. They brought Devil Rays rainbow jerseys back in 2019 (which they should wear all day, but I digress).
Your jersey is smart enough with its “sunbeam”. You have a nice blue leotard. They are just nothing special. But hey, that could change if you move to Montreal. – – Emily Carson
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The cardinals are as traditionalist as it gets when it comes to their uniforms, and that helps them a bit here.
The Birds-on-Bat logo on the chest has been used since 1998, but it only seems to be time for an update. This is all the more true if you consider that the logo is used for all iterations of your uniform – at home, on the go and alternately.
The “StL” cap logo will be slightly revised for 2020 – although the outline of the letters is not as thick – so that it looks a little less blurry on the cap. It’s a small but welcome change so it looks a little crisper. – Joe Rivera
The Rangers … are doing a lot this year. With the new baseball stadium, they have also launched a brand new wardrobe. Some of these uniforms are good, like the powder blue and the new Rangers script. Other elements like new belts, caps, logos and mismatched drop shadows are just confusing.
The Rangers become the new Diamondbacks six (six !!! Who needs six !!!) Uniforms and unnecessarily complicated rebranding. This uniform redesign had a chance to be good, but all we really needed from the Rangers was that they chose a damn basic color. Red or blue, people? That is all we want to know. – Emily Carson
The Braves’ uniforms work for them. You can identify them with the script and underline Tomahawk on the front. Your color scheme is generally okay considering that almost everyone else in baseball uses it.
You lose a few points on the cap logo: The “A” is fine, but like many other teams on this list, it lacks any kind of identity or enthusiasm.
But this cream takes turns … *Fan yourself. * Hot. – Joe Rivera
The orange teams did not fare well in this ranking. You can blame personal prejudice or whatever, but who likes orange so much?
The Giants are probably one of the best-known orange franchises (not that there are many orange or iconic franchises that you can compete with). The home kits are not bad. They keep the orange to a minimum, except for the alternatives, which is the right choice. An advice? Wear the black jerseys more, the color will keep you warmer when you are in the bay. – – Emily Carson
16. Red wines
The Reds will have a much less exciting uniform season than they did in 2019 when they unveiled 15 fallback uniforms to celebrate their 150th anniversary in Cincinnati baseball. However, you have added an alternative red jersey with “Reds” in the lettering on the front. Not an exciting off-season – at least uniformly – but still a nice addition. – Emily Carson
Perhaps the angels should be higher on this list. After all, they are definitely not the worst uniforms here. They are pleasing to the eye, the design matches the logo and they look sharp in the field.
But just like their multi-year superstar Mike Trout, none of this will bring them a trophy. The uniforms are better than some, but not a winning material.
The lettering on the chest is distinctive, but it also appears to be very distant – maybe that’s because teams in baseball are still using scripts en mass. – Emily Carson and Joe Rivera
How do the Astros, one of the few teams that wear orange, still manage to wear horribly boring uniforms? How do their controversial tequila sunrise setbacks trigger more joy?
Did we think that while the Astros knocked on trash bins, they really wanted to say, “This is where our uniforms belong”?
The uniforms are fine, they’re just not great .;– Emily Carson
13. Blue Jays
The Blue Jays, like many other teams, have added powder blue uniforms and look pretty chic. Between this and their “tidy” Blue Jay logo, it was a productive off-season for the Jays, seen consistently.
When the Jays reintroduced their uniforms before 2000, it was the only change they really had to make. But of all the primary blue uniforms in the game, these are probably the best. – Emily Carson and Joe Rivera
The pirates only have good uniforms. Scientifically, they’re extremely cool. The black and yellow is elegant, stylish and a fitting homage to the city. What else can we say?
Oh, how about the pirates bringing fan-favorite “Pittsburgh” script back to their away kits this season? Well done guys. – Emily Carson
The Mets have looked more like Queens pizzerias over the years, and they have all been pretty good (including Queens pizzerias). Their current line of uniforms is the simplest in years, with a house, a street, and two alternative uniforms.
One of the alternatives is sneakily sexy, with silver / gray lettering on the chest with an orange outline against blue uniforms. All around, the Mets have a great uniform line-up. However, you should bring back the cream-colored uniforms (no, I won’t let it go). And with Pete Alonso and others beating the drum to get the black universities back, the Mets can boast one of the best casts in the sport. At least consistently. – Joe Rivera
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10. Red Sox
The Red Sox have the greatest variety of all “classic” teams. Of all the “classic” teams, however, the Red Sox were never afraid to change the look of their universities, even when they were minors.
The label is definitive Boston. Everything about the uniforms is. Maybe they could get away with a portrait of Ben Affleck just to crank up Khovdah a little. – Joe Rivera
The Mariners have silver and teal in their color scheme, and that alone deserves a place in the top 10 of the uniform. It’s a perfect Seattle uniform. The only reason the Mariners didn’t do better is that they should have used more teal and silver. They have a blue-green alternative that’s great, but it wouldn’t hurt to wear more of these colors every day. I wouldn’t even mention her cute yellow and blue cream setbacks. You could also wear them more without complaining here. – – Emily Carson
The twins introduced beautiful alternative uniforms with gold stitching in 2018. This year they again introduced powder blue uniforms to get back into the trend of the sport.
The twins probably have too many alternative uniforms – the red ones with the “TC” on the front should be the odd ones – but the overall outfit is nice. They also have cream alternatives because they want to please the baseball gods. – Joe Rivera
You may notice a trend in us as we summarize the “more classic” uniforms. There is a reason why these uniforms do not change: there would be an uproar. A typical example: The Cubs. Classic jersey, classic franchise, an unbeatable uniform.
Your only problem this year is that, like the Yankees with their logo on the right side of the shirt, they too will suffer from the dreaded Nike Swoosh placement. It’ll just look so weird on these beautiful, timeless uniforms. – Emily Carson
It’s classic, it’s timeless, it should probably have a higher rank, but everyone else did funny things with their jerseys this year, it’s … the Los Angeles Dodgers. A uniform so pervasive that they often play street games in gray “Dodgers” jerseys, even though they have a nice “Los Angeles” script for their away universities.
Well, that’s the price of being loved. – Emily Carson
It’s the pinstripes. That’s all.
The Yankees would surely benefit from introducing a third uniform to their traditional two. Yes, it’s almost a sacrilege to say. Who cares? An alternative blue uniform on Friday night with white NY on the chest would be really cool. These are the Yankees who would sell their body odor in bottles when it finally meant making some money.
Despite this, the uniforms – with the exception of a few minor font updates – have remained largely unchanged for most of a century. It would be difficult to update such an iconic look after all, but introducing a third alternative that lasts one night a week would not be a bad idea. – – Joe Rivera
From all the blues of all teams around the world, there is nothing as inviting and soothing as the K.C. Royal blue.
They are simple, pretty, and straightforward. Really, there’s nothing you don’t like here. Everything from the logo, the colors that go perfectly together, and the plain look are all beautiful. Good job, Kansas City, and never change. – Joe Rivera
The Padres have finally made it. They’ve brought back their classic brown uniforms, a color no other team wears, and thrown over the boring Navy jerseys that they never distinguish. It’s darker brown than their original uniforms and they keep the script away from their old navy jerseys, but this is definitely a step in the right direction. These jerseys attract the attention of a team on the field.
If you want to make it even better, you should bring back the funky fonts of the late 70s / early 80s. This is a fun jersey. – Emily Carson
With the unveiling of the Brewers’ new away uniforms, they easily have the best road kits in sports. It’s nice to see that the shades of gray are slowly coming out of rotation. Their new blue plains with gold lettering on the uniform tops are instantly one of the best alternatives in all of baseball – and they weren’t even on the field yet.
It’s also always cool to see teams hug the cities they play in, showing nods and innuendo in their uniforms. The Brewers’ off-white color is an indication of the off-white brick for which Milwaukee is famous – seriously, off-white and off-white, MLB. The team has also reintroduced the best baseball logo with some updates. – Joe Rivera
First we have to start with the color scheme. The colors green, white, and gold of athletics are naturally fun, pretty, and iconic. They are truly unique, especially in a sport that is used to traditional red, white and blue color combinations that practically every other team has.
Then we have the alternative uniforms. Alternative baseball uniforms can be a bit tricky, but not the A’s. Her Kelly Green alternates with white lettering and gold rim and is one of the best alts in baseball.
Overall, it’s a wonderful set of uniforms that captures the team’s identity – all using a unique set of colors. – Joe Rivera