Tampa Bay Rays Win More Road Games When They Don't Wear Grey Jerseys

BALTIMORE, MD - JULY 25:  David Price #14 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles on July 25, 2012 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)
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Jamal WilburgCorrespondent IJuly 26, 2012

The Tampa Bay Rays should stop wearing their road grey jerseys immediately.

This isn't solely because I have a personal distaste for the traditional road baseball uniforms and feel they are outdated. Honestly, there is nothing worse on a HDTV than a bland grey uniform. However, for the Rays the numbers support a change in wardrobe.

They are horrible in grey.

Again, by horrible I'm not simply referring to the visual sense, but in their actual performance on the field when wearing grey jerseys. The numbers prove it and are very shocking.

In 2012, the Rays are 9-17 (.346) when they wear their grey jerseys, by far the worst win/loss record out of any of their four jersey options. In fact, it is their only jersey in which they are below .500 when they wear it.

They are 20-17 (.541) in home whites, 17-7 (.708) in dark blue and 5-5 (.500) in light blue this season.

Some would probably dismiss the trend and assume the Rays are just a horrible, below .500 road team. However, they are 23-22 (.511) on the road this season. When you break down their road record they are 9-17 (.346) in grey and 14-5 (.737) in blue.

It only makes sense for the Rays to change their uniform frequency to increase the amount of times they wear blue on the road compared to the traditional and archaic grey.  As superstitious as baseball is as a sport, I'm surprised the change hasn't already been made to stick with what appears to have been working.

Rays fans should be more excited when they see blue jerseys instead of grey. Like Seinfeld said, fans are simply rooting for laundry.

 

Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Uniform stats courtesy of Tampa Bay Rays Communications Department game notes.

Follow his thoughts, rants and adventures on Facebook or Twitter @JWilburg or visit his website www.jamalwilburg.com.

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