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Ranking Every Current MLB Uniform

Baseball has always been an aesthetically pleasing game to watch, thanks in part to the clean and minimalistic uniforms. Most teams just use lots of white combined with reds and blues. They also don’t mess around with the pants. If you look at other sports, say football for example, you can easily find teams with colored pants. In baseball? None at all. Baseball tried and failed at that. Now, creating an MLB uniform is practically down to a formula. White pants if you are the home team, gray if you are away. Some may find them boring, but you have to admit, teams do a good job at remaining consistent and not convoluting the uniforms like they did in the 1970s and 80s.

If baseball clubs are going to take risks, it's generally at the top of the uniform, on the jersey and hat. That's where you will find a team like the Orioles using a cartoon bird on their cap, or the Marlins highlighting the word "Miami" with multiple colors on their jersey.

For this article, we will rank all 30 team’s uniforms. That includes the home, road, and even alternate jerseys. Each team will have all their uniforms receive a grade from 1-10. The average grade of all their uniforms combined will determine where they rank amongst the other teams.

30 Arizona Diamondbacks

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 3.5

Road: 3.5

Alternate: 2.5

Average: 3.16

I commend the Diamondbacks for trying something different. I really do. But this is just bad. The only good comment to make on this uniform would be that baseball needs more teams taking risks. The snakeskin design on the shoulders and pants is something we have never seen before.

Pinstripes and piping has become the norm. It’s the safe option for teams to use because they both look great, but baseball uniforms will never make any progress if teams don’t take chances like the Diamondbacks. The bad thing about taking chances is that you run the risk of looking weird since fans aren’t accustomed to the change. But who knows, maybe this uniform will grow to be loved by fans and uniform critics. Until then, the Diamondbacks will stay on the bottom of most uniform rankings.

29 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Kenny Karst-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 4

Road: 3.5

Alternate: 3

Average: 3.5

First things first, their name is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Translated from spanish to english, that means The Angels Angels of Anaheim. As far as team names go, it doesn’t get more ridiculous than that. Second, they use the word “Angels” across all their jerseys. It would be nice to see a “Los Angeles” or “Anaheim” across one jersey. Third, the Angels seem to be one of the teams who don’t necessarily need to use the overly utilized red and white color scheme. If they were called the “Devils” then it would be understandable, but they are the Angels – or in other words, the exact opposite of a devil.

28 Texas Rangers

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 5

Road: 5

Alternate: 4

Average: 4.66

They might as well change the team name to the Texas Texas, because nothing about this uniform depicts a “Ranger,” They are the only team that uses the location of the team on all their jerseys. They have a capitalized “T” for Texas on all their hats. The color scheme derives from the Texas flag, which is patched on the sleeve of all the jerseys. We get it, you represent the state of Texas.

27 T26. San Diego Padres

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 5

Road: 4.5

Alternate: 5

Average: 4.83

The Padres are moving in the right direction since they brought back the retro brown and yellow jersey as an alternate uniform. They even plugged some yellow into the primary home uniform this year. Hopefully, they also plug some yellow into the road uniform since the current version is incredibly plain.

26 T26. Colorado Rockies

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 3.5

Road: 6

Alternate: 5

Average: 4.83

The Rockies have a rare opportunity to use a color (purple) that no other team has, yet they fail at using it correctly. Why does the home uniform use black pinstripes? The font on the jersey is white with a black outline. The numbers and name on the jersey are black. The belt is black. Socks? Black. It’s really disappointing to look at this uniform because it could be more exciting than what it currently is. All they have to do is replace purple with black and it could be a mid-tier uniform. They didn’t seem to forget to use purple for the “CR” on their hats.

25 Tampa Bay Rays

David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 5

Road: 5

Alternate: 5

Average: 5

When the Rays updated their uniform in 2008, it was a much needed change. However, they went from having a unique green to an overused navy blue. They may have paired navy with light blue, but they should have used the light blue as the primary color instead to make the uniform really stand out.

24 T23. Milwaukee Brewers

Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 5

Road: 5

Alternate: 6

Average: 5.33

The Brew Crew is messing up by not embracing their retro royal blue and yellow uniform with the glove logo. Granted, they do wear those on occasion, but it’s still not their primary home jersey. When your team is named after the large amount of breweries in the city, then it’s safe to say you don’t need such a clean-cut, boring look. The retro jersey has a good balance of quirkiness and style.

23 T23. Miami Marlins

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 5.5

Road: 5

Alternate: 5.5

Average: 5.33

The Marlins uniforms are disliked by many, but they do deserve some love. The uniform does a good job representing the city of Miami by using multiple bright colors to highlight "Miami" on the jerseys. The red-orange jersey looks decent and doesn’t remind you of the Orioles or Giants orange jerseys.

22 Chicago White Sox

Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6.5

Road: 6

Alternate: 4

Average: 5.5

The home uniform seems too much like a Yankees ripoff. Dark pinstripes with the logo over the heart area. It’s not that the uniform looks bad, it just gives off the feeling that they are trying to be something they aren’t. Back in the 1953-61 seasons, they used a uniform similar to this but with a red outline on the logos and numbers. If they brought that back (since they don’t mind embracing their older uniforms), it would add an extra element to this uniform to separate themselves.

21 Philadelphia Phillies

Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6.5

Road: 6.5

Alternate: 4.5

Average: 5.83

The cream colored alternate is one of the best jerseys in baseball, but the red alternate jersey with the red font really brings the overall grade down. As for the home uniform, it’s hard to make red pinstripes look spectacular, but the Phillies do a noble job of it. The significance of the blue stars is questionable, but it does add a little something help to break up all the red and white.

20 Minnesota Twins

Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6.5

Road: 6

Alternate: 5.5

Average: 6

The Twins recently added a third color (yellow) to their color scheme in 2015, which was a risky move being that they already have red and navy. They call the color “Minnesota Kasota Gold,” which symbolizes the limestone featured in Target Field. You have to give them credit, because the addition of yellow was done correctly, as they only use it to highlight letters. This uniform adds some flavor to the typical red and navy color combinations. However, they haven’t embraced that change in all their uniforms, like the road and a couple alternate uniforms, which brings their overall grade down a bit.

19 Cincinnati Reds

David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6

Road: 6.5

Alternate: 6

Average: 6.16

The Reds made a mistake by ditching the pinstriped vest jersey of the early 2000s. Sure, it wasn’t the prettiest, but it distinguished themselves from every other team that uses red. Now it’s a forgettable uniform. If going back to the vest days is too much, the least they could do is inject some more black to break up the monotony of red and white while looking tougher at the same time. Maybe a black rim on the cap or a black “C” on the cap or jersey. Something to spice it up.

18 Cleveland Indians

Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6.5

Road: 6

Alternate: 6.5

Average: 6.33

The Indians made the right move to get rid of Chief Wahoo as their main logo, but the replacement logo seems like a homework assignment done the night before it’s due. It’s just a “C,” which is fine for a cap logo but not fine for the overall team logo. I only mention it because the lack of creation in the logo creeps into the uniform as well.

17 Atlanta Braves

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7

Road: 7

Alternate: 6

Average: 6.66

The home and road uniform is fine, but the cream colored alternate doesn’t add anything. The removed tomahawk should be placed on the cap to give them an alternate cap exclusive to that uniform. Personally, I think they should trash the cream uniform altogether and come up with a different idea for an alternate since this seems like a copy of the Indians cream alternate that was introduced the year before the Braves introduced theirs. The alternate jersey, which uses stars in the lettering, is too similar to the Nationals alternate jersey.

16 Detroit Tigers

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 6.5

Road: 7

Alternate: N/A

Average: 6.75

The Tigers home uniform is loved by many for the old school “D” and its clean look. But it just seems odd to me that a team named the Tigers wouldn’t use orange in their home uniform. Yes, the uniform does look clean, but it also looks a little empty at the same time. To me, they look like the Yankees without pinstripes.

15 Houston Astros

Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7

Road: 7

Alternate: 6.5

Average: 6.83

The Astros made the right decision to update their uniform a few years ago. Using orange trim for the lettering really makes them pop. Using navy socks is fine for the away uniform, but the home uniform should be using orange socks, possibly with navy stripes. An orange hat as well would help make the home uniform look more vibrant.

14 Kansas City Royals

Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7.5

Road: 7.5

Alternate: 6

Average: 7

The Royals seem unsure of what their secondary color is. On some alternates they use gold and, on others, sky blue. Dropping sky blue would make sense and allow them to get creative with other blue and gold alternate jersey options.

13 T12. Washington Nationals

Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7

Road: 7

Alternate: 7.5

Average: 7.16

It’s hard not to make fun of the “W,” since it resembles the Walgreens logo, but the Nationals do a good job creating a classic, yet modern feel with their uniform. The best jersey they have is easily the navy blue one with the patriotic “W.” It makes me wonder why more teams don't mess around with simple patterns over the lettering. They used to have an interlocking “DC” uniform with the same pattern that they parted ways with.

12 T12. Pittsburgh Pirates

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7.5

Road: 7

Alternate: 7

Average: 7.16

The city of Pittsburgh really likes black and yellow. Those colors have helped distinguish the Pirates from every other baseball team. They smartly use black lettering with the gold trim instead of gold lettering with black trim, which is what most teams would do. Using a print font is really fitting for the Pirates, who play in a city too tough for anyone to write in cursive. Speaking of tough, that logo patch on the sleeve is scary.

11 T10. Boston Red Sox

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8

Road: 7

Alternate: 7

Average: 7.33

The Red Sox have a classic look to all their uniforms. They follow the unwritten uniform rule of using the team name on the home uniforms and the team city on the road. Unlike the White Sox, who lie to our faces by using black socks, the Red Sox actually have red socks. It’s just better when things make sense like that.

10 T10. Seattle Mariners

Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7.5

Road: 7

Alternate: 7.5

Average: 7.33

Ken Griffey Jr. made this uniform look cool in the 90s and it hasn’t changed since. A lot of inspiration is drawn from the city they play for, as the logo is said to represent "the sea, technology, and the great outdoors, all of which are indigenous to the great Pacific Northwest."

9 T8. Chicago Cubs

Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8

Road: 7

Alternate: 7

Average: 7.5

The logo found on the Cubs home jersey was created in 1979 and has been unchanged since. The home uniform has become a classic and the use of brighter colors helps to differentiate themselves from the Chicago White Sox. It give them more of a “lovable losers” feeling, even though the White Sox haven’t been an overly successful organization either.

8 T8. Oakland Athletics

Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 7.5

Road: 7.5

Alternate: 7.5

Average: 7.5

The Oakland A’s are one of the few teams with colors that are completely unique to them. This uniform is significantly underrated by uniform lovers who consider the colors too wacky, which is why you see so much red and blue in baseball. Not only is the color scheme unique to them, but they also have a majestic gold alternate jersey. The A’s uniform has the perfect amount of quirk and class that most other teams struggle to find a balance of. Also, those white cleats are spectacular, stop hating on them!

7 T6. New York Mets

Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8.5

Road: 7

Alternate: 7.5

Average: 7.66

When your crosstown rivals are the Yankees, who use a darker color scheme, it’s good to contrast yourselves by using brighter colors. That’s exactly what the Mets have done since their inception in 1962. Using blue and orange helps to make the uniform look fun. The blue and orange colors were actually taken from the former New York teams that left for California, the New York Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers.

6 T6. San Francisco Giants

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8

Road: 7

Alternate: 8

Average: 7.66

The Giants sport one of of the best home jerseys in baseball: an off-white jersey with orange trim around black lettering. Their orange alternate jersey has a nostalgic feel as it displays a unique font used in the late 70s and early 80s. The yellow outline on the jersey is a bit random, but it does help to make the lettering pop against the orange background. The black jersey also uses the interlocking “SF” symbol, but in a way that makes it look more like a maze than two letters.

5 Baltimore Orioles

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8.5

Road: 8

Alternate: 7

Average: 7.83

The uniform looks clean and doesn't remind you of the previously stated San Francisco Giants uniforms – despite using the same colors. Unlike the Giants, the Orioles incorporate solid orange lettering against the black jersey, making it easier to read. Also unlike the Giants, the home jersey is white rather than cream colored, giving the uniform a livelier feel.

4 Toronto Blue Jays

Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 8

Road: 8

Alternate: 8.5

Average: 8.16

Toronto deserves a lot of credit for going back to the basics with this look. Remember the silver, black, and blue uniforms they wore in the mid to late 2000s? They were arguably one of the ugliest teams in baseball until they reverted back to a classic look associated with the Blue Jays World Series Championships.

3 New York Yankees

Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 9.5

Road: 7

Alternate: N/A

Average: 8.25

The Yankees have done an excellent job of not making any changes to this uniform. There isn’t even an alternate jersey in use. By doing this, their uniform has become a classic in the minds of baseball fans and every Yankee who has put on the uniform is remembered with this look. When you say the word “pinstripes,” the first thought for most people is the Yankees, despite the fact that many other teams use that style of uniform. Highlight reels of the Yankees winning championships has ingrained this uniform in the minds of baseball fans.

2 Los Angeles Dodgers

Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 9

Road: 8

Alternate: 8

Average: 8.33

The Dodgers uniform has stayed the same since the 1950s and that's because this sleek minimalistic look is loved by the fan base. The fact that the Dodgers don’t include any pinstripes, piping, or colored alternate jerseys adds to the allure of this uniform. It’s a bold move that is only acceptable if you have a rich history like the Dodgers.

1 St. Louis Cardinals

Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Home: 9.5

Road: 8

Alternate: 8.5

Average: 8.66

The logo on the jersey is perfect. It’s the best one in baseball and has been for years. The two cardinals perched on each end of the bat is as creative as it gets when it comes to jersey logos. Since there is so much action in the center, no piping is necessary on the sleeves or pants. The logo is so good that they copied and pasted it to the away jersey, which will lose points since it doesn’t fit as well on the gray as it does on white.

The cream colored alternate uniform with the city name on the jersey are a nice addition to mix things up. The Cardinals are one of those teams who you would have considered too classy to add an alternate uniform, but they made the smart choice to include one without using a red jersey. The quality and depth of this uniform lineup easily makes it the best in baseball, and one of the best in all sports.

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