No matter where you go in the world, you will see some sort of sport being played, either professionally, or at the amateur level, or by a bunch of ordinary people or kids who just want to have some fun. It is true that sports, whether it be through actual participation or just simply watching, is amongst the best ways to pass the time, as sports is not only enjoyable, but it also offers people something that they really want: competition. It is because we love seeing competition so much, that the sports industry now makes billions of dollars every year, money which is primarily generated by major sports leagues all around the world, and North America is home to four of those leagues.
In North America, we have the National Hockey League, The National Basketball Association, Major League Baseball, and the National Football League, all of which are considered to be the epitome of their respective sport. These leagues may have some big differences in terms of the the sport’s overall popularity, television ratings, and generated revenues, but they all share similarities as well, including the fact that each league has teams that all possess unique looking jerseys. Like the other leagues, a jersey in Major League Baseball is more than just a marketing ploy to sell merchandise, it is actually a part of the team’s heart and soul, which is why there are so many good looking baseball jerseys available, but where there is good there is bad, meaning that there are also some bad MLB jerseys out there. Most of the time, what makes a jersey good or bad is its color scheme and lettering, and the purpose of this list is to identify the seven best jerseys currently used by MLB teams, as well as eight of the worst.
15 Worst: San Diego Padres
Major League Baseball currently has several teams that have been fairly bad for a prolonged period of time, and the San Diego Padres are one of those teams as they have now missed the postseason ten straight seasons. The Padres have been around since 1969, and at one point, they had some pretty nice brown jerseys, and they currently have a great army style jersey which they wear whenever they show support for the troops. Anyone would agree that those jerseys should be the ones they wear all the time, but unfortunately, the players have to go onto the field wearing less enthusiastic jerseys, including the recently introduced alternate brown jersey, which ruins the memory of the old jerseys by placing dull-looking yellow letters on it.
14 Best: Chicago Cubs
It may have taken 108 years, but the Chicago Cubs finally managed to end their championship drought by winning the World Series last fall, and based on how stacked their team is with talent, it is quite possible that they may be able to repeat next season. The Cubs are a franchise which has been around since 1893, and in that time, not only has the team managed to win three championships, but the team has also managed to produce some of the better looking jerseys in the Majors. The Cubs currently use three jerseys, and each one looks good and different, but their best jersey has to be the one they use for home games, as it comes with stripes, and a well blended color scheme that utilizes white, blue, and red; plus their logo looks good positioned over the player’s heart.
13 Worst: Houston Astros
The state of Texas is currently home to two MLB franchises, both of whom will be appearing on this list, and this entry will be focusing on the Houston Astros, who have been in the league since 1965. As a team, the Astros have made the postseason a total of nine times in their history, and as things stand right now, the franchise and its current roster of players have a bright future ahead of them, but no matter how bright their future is, their current jerseys have to change. Just by looking at it, you can tell that the Astros jersey is missing something, like a new color to give it some more flare, but the biggest problem that these jerseys have is the fact that the size of the player’s names on the back is the same as the team’s name on the front, which actually devalues the team’s name a bit from a visual standpoint.
12 Best: Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have existed since 1901, and although they have not made it into the postseason since 2014, they are still a competitive team that has to play within one of the hardest divisions in all of baseball. Currently, the Tigers only use two jerseys, and to be entirely honest, their away jersey may need a bit of work because of the orange color used in the spelling of “Detroit”, which just makes the cursive lettering look more confusing. The team’s home jersey though is great, and can even be considered as one of the best home jerseys in all of baseball as it pulls off a superb simple look of white and midnight navy blue; but what really makes this jersey great is the use of the old English “D” which looks perfect resting over the players’ hearts.
11 Worst: Atlanta Braves
As a franchise, the Atlanta Braves have been playing baseball since 1871, and for a good fourteen years (1991-2005), they were one of the most competitive teams in all of baseball, but despite their long history, they have only won a total of three World Series Championships. In regards to their jerseys, the Braves’ current home and away uniforms have remained virtually the same for decades now, which is a testament to how good the jerseys look on the field, but not all of their jerseys have the same appeal. The team’s patriotic alternate jersey looks terrible, as its color scheme includes red, blue-on-blue, as well as some stars and stripes, which is a pattern that just does not sit well with the eyes, and when you compare it with their other jerseys, it is without a doubt the worst looking of the bunch.
10 Best: Chicago White Sox
Like the other major sports leagues, Major League Baseball has more than one franchise located in the same state, but it is the only league that has more than one team in the city of Chicago, as the Cubs have to share the city with the White Sox. Since 1901, the White Sox have been playing to try and win the World Series, a feat which they have accomplished three times in their history, and although more people today may like the Cubs, the White Sox can take pride in the fact that they have the better looking jersey. All of the White Sox’s jerseys look good, even the colorful throwback one they sometimes wear, but their best jersey has to be their main alternate jersey, which sports an entirely black jersey with the team’s logo placed over the player’s heart, a logo which in this case also happens to be written in the color white.
9 Worst: Seattle Mariners
Some of the teams on this list may currently be on a decade long stretch of underperformance, but the Seattle Mariners have been even worse, seeing as 2001 was the last time that the team managed to get into the postseason. Like the aforementioned Padres, the Mariners used to have some pretty nice looking jerseys, which had a color scheme that included the use of blue and yellow, but now the team continues to use the same stale-looking home and away uniforms. The team’s current everyday jerseys sport a color scheme of teal and silver, which may have looked somewhat good when they were first introduced, but now it just looks outdated and dull, which is why the team should just go back to its retro look, seeing as the colors are far more appealing.
8 Best: Toronto Blue Jays
There was a time when there were two baseball franchises located in Canada, but after the Montreal Expos were relocated in 2005, Canada was reduced to just a single team: the Toronto Blue Jays. As it turns out though, the Blue Jays are/were the more successful of the two franchises, as they have won the World Series twice, and during those championship wins, the team had a very good logo and jersey, which they ruined in the early 2000s with a terrible redesign. Luckily though, a few years ago, the owners and front office decided to go back to the traditional look, and the result is just gorgeous as all three of their jerseys look great, especially their alternate jersey which beautifully combines the colors royal blue, navy blue, white, and red, as the entire shirt is blue, with "Blue Jays" written in white, and the team’s beautiful logo placed on over the player’s heart.
7 Worst: Colorado Rockies
In 1993, Major League Baseball officially expanded and welcomed the Colorado Rockies into the fold, but things have not gone all that well for the relatively young franchise, as the team has only made it into the postseason three times, with the final time coming in 2009. The Rockies have been around for nearly 25 years now, and in all that time, the team has basically kept their jerseys the same, which might be bad for some teams, but not for them, as their home jersey in particular still has a classic yet modern look to it. The team may still have good everyday jerseys, but the Rockies also happen to have an alternate jersey that is just horrid, and the main reason for that is because it is predominately purple with white letters, and this shade of purple just does not look good unless the right colors are added to it, and white is definitely not that color.
6 Best: Los Angeles Dodgers
Aside from the Yankees and the Mets, there was once another team that called the city of New York its home, and that team was known as the Brooklyn Dodgers, and in 1958, they ended up moving to Los Angeles where they have been ever since. In total, the franchise has won the World Series six times, with five of those wins coming after their move to Los Angeles, and for the past few years, they have been considered as true championship contenders. Since coming over from Brooklyn, the Dodgers have basically been wearing the exact same uniforms, which is a big positive because the Dodgers just look so good when they take to the field. In all, the team uses three jerseys, all of which are just a different color variation, but it is their home jersey that is the best, as it is full white and shows “Dodgers” written in beautiful blue, cursive letters.
5 Worst: Washington Nationals
In 2005, much to the despair of many Canadian baseball fans, the Montreal Expos were relocated to the U.S. capitol where they became known as the Washington Nationals, and in terms of postseason appearances, the franchise has been more successful in Washington than when it was in Montreal. The franchise may have once been located in Canada, but it also had the good fortune of having a nice logo and great-looking jerseys, which is something that was not carried over in the move to Washington. As it stands, only the Nationals’ away jersey looks decent, but their home jersey and alternate jerseys are utterly boring and lackluster, as they all heavily emphasize the team’s cursive W logo, which should not be the focal point of any professional team’s jersey, primarily because it somewhat resembles a pretzel.
4 Best: New York Yankees
Each of the four major professional team sports have at least one team that is fortunate enough to have an incredibly storied and rich history, as well as a plethora of championship wins, and in baseball that team is without a doubt the New York Yankees. The franchise has been around since 1901 and in its 116 year history, the team has not only won a record 27 World Series championships, but it has also had a multitude of great players who now line the halls of the Hall of Fame. Many baseball fans loathe the Yankees for various reasons, but no one can argue that their home jersey is not iconic, because it is, in fact you can even go as far as to say that the home pinstripes are the most iconic jersey in all of sports; and adding to its great look is the placement and boldness of the team’s famous logo.
3 Worst: Texas Rangers
The Houston Astros may have appeared earlier on this list in the worst category, but at least they are fortunate enough to not have the worst looking jerseys in Texas, as that is an honor that belongs solely to the Rangers. Since 2010, the Rangers have been a very competitive team who made it to the World Series in 2010 and 2011, and based on how their team is built, it is possible that they may dominate their division for another couple of years. This possible dominance though, will likely take place while the team continues to wear their current jerseys, which all look dated except for their red and blue alternates. The problem lies solely on the team’s everyday home and away jerseys, which should both have the word RANGERS on the front instead of TEXAS, seeing as they are not the only team located in the state; plus the ornate letters used in the wording give off the appearance that the front of the jersey is needlessly cluttered.
2 Best: St. Louis Cardinals
If the New York Yankees are the most successful team in MLB history because of all their championships, then that means that the St. Louis Cardinals, with their 11 World Series wins, are the second most successful franchise in baseball. The Cardinals may be behind the Yankees quite a bit in terms of titles, but at least they have a logo which is actually a lot better than New York’s, and it is due to the fact that St. Louis emphasizes this logo on the front of their jerseys that they have the best Jersey in baseball today. There are a total of three jerseys used by the Cardinals, all of which are great, but the one used for most home games really stands out, as the jersey features a predominantly white shirt, with the word “Cardinals” spelled in bold cursive, red letters, as well as a yellow bat with two red cardinals perched on each end of the bat.
1 Worst: Arizona Diamondbacks
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been in Major League Baseball since 1998, which means that the franchise is actually younger than the Colorado Rockies, but unlike Colorado, they at least have a World Series win under their belt. You would think that with the name Diamondbacks, the team would have both a good-looking logo and jersey, but in reality, they somehow managed to end up with neither. The logo in it of itself is bad, but that is not the real issue, as the team actually possesses several terrible alternate jerseys, as all of their fonts look terrible and unbefitting of an MLB team, but their worst alternates are without a doubt the one that utilizes a white and turquoise color scheme, and their retro jersey which has stripes, and a white, purple, and turquoise color scheme is even worse; but thankfully they only bring that one out whenever they want to commemorate the team’s 2001 World Series win.