Happy Memorial Day Weekend, everybody! Time for a blog post.
Once again, all 30 Major League Baseball teams will be wearing special uniforms decked out in camo for Memorial Day.
Every time this day comes around, the decision to tinker with uniforms gets baseball fans in a hot fuss. Camo doesn’t look particularly great on a baseball uniform and since every team is wearing practically the same colors, it can take away from team identity.
However, this is one day of the year and it’s for a good cause. The camo gear seems to sell pretty well and a portion of the proceeds go to a good cause. Quit complaining over something so little and just enjoy a great weekend of the three B’s: barbecue, beer and baseball!
Now even though every team’s uniforms are similar for Monday’s games, some are clearly better than others. Whether it’s about the if the camoed-out font is readable, the clash of camo with other colors or just the overall sleekness of the uniforms, some teams will look a little nicer on Monday than their opponents.
Here’s a full ranking, 1-30, of all 30 Memorial Day uniforms with a picture for reference. Remember, I’m not blaming individual teams for any miscues – everyone had to follow pretty much the same template.
Click on this link for a bigger view of the graphic below.
30. Cleveland Indians
Ok, I lied. I am blaming the Indians for this one.
Notice what’s different about this one than all the others? The shoulder patch. Obviously, some would take offense to the controversial Chief Wahoo logo being colored in with military green like the shoulder patches on the other jerseys, but why is it a big deal?
If the logo seemed out of place on the original jersey (which it didn’t), the awkward color scheme really makes it seem to be on this one.
Also, why go with the boring block “C” on the hat? Chief Wahoo would have stuck out much more and is normally the hat logo that goes with the home white jersey anyway.
29. Seattle Mariners
That shoulder patch logo is all out of whack with the new coloration. It works for some teams, but the Mariners are definitely not one of them.
Also, good luck trying to figure out which logo is on the hat by taking a glance at it. This is a trend you will notice throughout this list.
28. Pittsburgh Pirates
These jerseys are fine in their normal colors, but the font with camo just gives it too busy of a look. The Pirates should have gone with the black alternates with just the “P” logo on the chest.
27. Philadelphia Phillies
I’m breaking my promise again here and blaming the Phillies. This is based on their alternate jersey and while I can understand why they wouldn’t want to put a camo pattern on their home jersey (white with red pinstripes), camo doesn’t look good with cream.
26. Miami Marlins
The Marlins’ font is tacky on their normal jerseys. Adding camo did not exactly help it…or the shoulder logo.
25. Cincinnati Reds
Not an awful uniform, but another case of the font and camo clashing to create too busy of a look. Also, something seems a little off about the shoulder patch…the coloration could have been done a little better.
24. Atlanta Braves
This is more of a reflection of the original uniform than the Memorial Day one. The script font without any sort of tailing and/or number to go along with it always makes it look like something’s missing. The camo only magnifies this.
23. Milwaukee Brewers
The Brew Crew gets moved up a few spots because of the use of the old glove logo. Nice move.
At the same time, though, this may be the best case of camo making a script illegible. Take a couple steps back from your screen and see if you can tell that the jersey says “Brewers”.
22. Houston Astros
A slightly better version of what the Marlins have going on. The font is just tacky.
On the plus side, the star on the logo looks pretty cool on the hat…once you take a few seconds to search for it.
21. San Francisco Giants
Too many letters with camo. Looks great in black and orange, but this edition is less-than-stellar.
20. Colorado Rockies
Like the Braves, this is more so a reflection on the original jersey. The Rockies need to update their font and maybe get rid of the pinstripes. That’s for another time, though.
On the plus side, the green on the shoulder patch is actually a really nice touch. One of the better ones out there.
19. Los Angeles Dodgers
The camo looks pretty good without a black outline around it, but there are two glaring mistakes with this uniform.
- Should have gone with the “Dodgers” script instead. Would have been a much cleaner look.
- What is with the shoulder patch? Why is it black? Doesn’t fit well with the rest of the jersey.
18. Minnesota Twins
We’re still in “a little tough to read” territory but these aren’t awful. The hat is okay and the coloration seems to work with the shoulder patch.
17. New York Mets
Now’s about the time to get a little nitpicky. No complaints about the script, but the logo on the hat is nearly invisible and the shoulder patch doesn’t look too great.
16. San Diego Padres
Really no major complaints about this uniform. The letters are a little gaudy and maybe too thick and rounded, but these are better than these abominations.
15. Texas Rangers
This one is right in the middle of the pack. Nothing great, nothing terrible.
14. Boston Red Sox
Very similar to the Rangers, but this one gets the nod because the hat logo seems a little more visible plus the green socks on the shoulder actually look fantastic.
13. Chicago Cubs
Refreshing to see camo on something other than script writing, but this uniform isn’t too great other than that.
The pinstripes still don’t fit too well with the camo look, plus the cap really shows just how boring the “C” logo is without the contrasting blue-and-red color scheme.
12. Detroit Tigers
The Old English D would look better in this template, but that’s not a possibility since the Tigers are playing in Anaheim.
Not to worry, this is still a pretty decent-looking uniform other than the near-invisible hat logo.
11. Chicago White Sox
Using the same camo pattern for every team really shows how similar some teams’ uniforms are to each other.
Chicago’s duds are almost identical to Detroit’s, but they get the edge in the rankings because the lack of piping gives the White Sox a cleaner look.
10. Washington Nationals
The team from the nation’s capital has some pretty solid duds for Memorial Day. Even though “Washington” has a lot of letters for a camo script, it is very legible and looks nice.
9. Oakland Athletics
The shoulder logo doesn’t really waver much from the original since the A’s are actually green, which is maybe why this uniform looks so nice.
Plus, the script looks nice and clean on the white jersey and the cap looks pretty nice.
8. Baltimore Orioles
Maybe it’s just the graphic, but is seems like the Orioles were pretty much the only team that made an effort to make the logo on the cap stick out. That moves them way up the ladder.
To combat it though, the Maryland flag shoulder patch with camo colors just looks like a jumbled mess.
7. Kansas City Royals
Nice touch by the Royals to go without an outline around the script or numbers.
6. New York Yankees
Honestly, six through one could go in any order.
This jersey gets right to the point. No logos, no player names, no nonsense. Just a clean “New York” script and a number, both in fonts that work perfectly with the logo.
5. Tampa Bay Rays
The “Rays” script looks really good in the camo, but it’s the shoulder patch that puts this uni over the top. The green gives the logo an unintentional nod to the Devil Rays days.
4. Toronto Blue Jays
What’s really frustrating is that this would have been No. 1 because the Canadian camo looks great and the Jays’ jersey template is perfect for this treatment.
Unfortunately, they really messed up the cap by making the logo nearly invisible. Why???
3. St. Louis Cardinals
Those birds sitting on the bat. A classic logo with a twist – and it works to perfection.
The camo doesn’t muddy anything up and the Cards’ patented script logo gives a unique take on the Memorial Day template.
2. Arizona Diamondbacks
The camo really suits the Diamondbacks well, especially since they’re a team from the desert.
The script is unique and clean, the snake head shoulder logo is fantastic and the hat isn’t too bad.
Of the seven thousand jerseys Arizona will wear this year, this may honestly be the best one.
Thank goodness the D-Backs are paying at home on Monday, though. Camo with the ridiculously dark away jerseys may have put them dead last on this list.
1. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Tough to pick a No. 1, but the Angels get the nod.
The jersey is clean, unique, legible and has a really solid-looking shoulder patch. To make things even better, the logo really seems to pop on the cap; something hardly any other team can say.
This one passes all the tests.
**This post was done in honor of all of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of others. Not only our American soldiers, but firemen and policemen as well. Thank you all for your selflessness and may God bless you and your families**