MLB: The Ugly Hat Countdown

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MLB: The Ugly Hat Countdown
Photo: New Era

Go to your local mall and walk into a Lids store. 

Wall to wall, you're bombarded.  There's this to your left.  Then this is to your right.  Look out!  This is behind you!

After making a beeline for the door, once your head stops spinning, you're bound to ask the same thing we all do—first, why are they making so many horrible looking baseball caps?  Even more frightening, who's buying them?

Somewhere along the past decade, it became en vogue for MLB team hats to appear in a variety of incorrect and loud colors, with gaudy images, and flat-brims you could use a level on—all complete with original gold size stickers intact.

These tacky things are flat-out offensive to the eye.  It's as if a rainbow exploded on a clown, and then that clown exploded onto a hat. 

The worst part is, these caps can go upwards of $35 a piece.  In an economy that's down the toilet, that's highway robbery, especially when the end result will earn you a position juggling for Ringling Bros.

The main culprit here seems to be the Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company, the official on-field cap manufacturer of every MLB team.  Specifically, their "59Fifty" line.  

For every spot-on replica cap they produce, there's a plethora of oddball-colored and showy noggin-toppers just itching to thin out your wallet in the blink of an eye. 

Well, New Era, you're on.  Here are some of the worst—a countdown representative from each MLB team showcasing just what happens when bad taste meets a manufacturing plant. 

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