Ranking the uniforms of the 30 MLB teams for the 2020 season
What makes a good uniform?
Is it creativity? Tradition? Design? Colors?
This is why uniform grading is so difficult: there are so many factors that go into grading a uniform, the main one being subjectivity. What looks good to you may not look so good to someone else.
But it’s a little easier in baseball considering there are no bad uniforms in the league in 2020. There are no Buccaneers creamsicle jerseys here. And, given that so many franchises are so steeped in lore and familiarity, there’s not much wiggle room for a total overhaul of the look. So many teams rely on blue and red. Many rely on script lettering.
There’s a strange dichotomy in baseball, where tradition reigns supreme and fans are generally ok with things staying the same. In some cases, forward-thinking franchise decisions have met with disastrous backlash (we’re looking at you, Arizona).
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for creativity in uniforms. We’ve seen teams such as the Padres and Brewers step forward with their kits for 2020, reviving tradition while looking to the future.
So whenever we see these uniforms on the pitch, they will be a feast for the eyes. Considering colors, logos, alternatives, and design, here’s how they rank:
When the Diamondbacks embarked on their uniform overhaul in the mid-2010s, a healthy dose of ridicule was thrown around. Some of it was justified – the pants with snakeskin patterns at the shoulders and ankles looked weird – but they deserve some credit for having an identity and owning it.
This is where Arizona is bitten by a snake: while some teams have three primary colors, D-backs have five, just a few shorts of a rainbow. (“Rainbow Snakes” is a much cooler name than Diamondbacks, for what it’s worth). Also, the “D-BACKS” on the chest look a bit amateurish.
Arizona deserves a lot of credit for trying, but a simpler, sleeker, more streamlined look would probably work best for them. —Joe Rivera
The Rangers are doing…a lot this year. Along with the addition of the new ballpark, they also rolled out a brand new closet. Several of these uniforms are good, like the powder blue and the new Rangers script. Other elements, like the new belts, caps, logos, and mismatched drop shadows are just plain confusing.
The Rangers become the new Diamondbacks with their six (six!!! Who needs six!!!) unnecessarily complicated uniforms and rebranding. This uniform overhaul was blessed to be good, but all we really needed from Rangers was for them to pick a dang primary color. Red or blue, guys? That’s all we want to know. -Emily Carson
It’s the fine stripes. It is more or less that.
The Yankees would surely benefit from the introduction of a third uniform to their traditional two. Yeah, it’s almost a sacrilege to say. We do not care? An alternate Friday night blue uniform with white NY on the chest would be really cool. It’s the Yankees, who would sell their body odor in bottles if it meant making money, after all.
That said, the uniforms have remained largely unchanged – aside from some minor font updates – for the better part of a century. It would be hard to update such an iconic look, after all, but introducing a third alternate, one night a week, wouldn’t be a bad idea. — Joe Rivera
First, we need to start with the color scheme. There’s just something inherently fun, pretty and iconic about the green, white and gold colors of athletics. They are truly unique, especially in a sport that is so used to the traditional red, white and blue color combinations that virtually every other team has.
Next, we have the alternate uniforms. Things can get a little dicey with alternative baseball uniforms, but not with the A’s; their kelly green alternating with white lettering and gold trim is one of the best alts in baseball.
Altogether, it’s a wonderful set of uniforms that captures the identity of the team, while using a unique set of colors. —Joe Rivera