MLB Power Rankings: Rating the Teams Based on Their Best Current Uniform
In 1960, fashion designer Richard Blackwell started his famous "Ten Worst Dressed Women List," a list that he faithfully submitted each January until his death in 2008.
Blackwell would later add a best-dressed list as well, but his lists were legendary in that they became a lightning rod for critics and supporters alike.
For many years, people looked to Blackwell for his views on the latest looks and fashion trends, and he was often imitated.
The game of baseball has their own version of Blackwell in many forms.
Websites are actually dedicated to critiquing the look of each team on a yearly basis, and forums all over the web can be found for people who value the fashion aspect of the sport.
I am not one of those people, nor will I ever pretend to be a Blackwell wannabe.
However, I will give my opinion on the MLB uniforms of the 2012 season. Keep in mind, it's just my opinion—I am not a fashion designer, nor do I play one on Bleacher Report.
Note: All team uniform photos courtesy of ESPN.
30. Miami Marlins
For many years, the Florida Marlins featured a variety of uniforms with varying color combinations of teal, black, silver and white.
Now, it's a color splash.
The new-look Miami Marlins feature the letter M in a rainbow style with an equally colorful Marlin off the first top point of the letter itself.
The home whites I would consider the best of the bunch, but that's still not saying much. I'm sure the Marlins will tweak as they go along, but I'm just not sold on the current look at all.
29. San Diego Padres
The San Diego Padres are another team that has largely been undecided about its color scheme throughout the years, at one time featuring brown and white and now largely navy blue and white.
I won't even comment on the camouflage look. I love the fact that they honor the military, but do they have to do it in a way that looks jungle warfare?
I'll give a nod to the alternate road jerseys—I was always partial to the interlocking "SD" logo.
28. Houston Astros
The Houston Astros were once the proud owners of one of the most hideous uniforms in MLB history, circa 1975. The multi-shade stripes of orange, red and yellow wrapping around from front to back was just a complete fashion faux pas.
Now, the Astros are a bit more simple in their look, but they still fail in my eyes to cut it. Now featuring red, black and white as the primary colors, the alternate home white is probably the only one that I'm not bored with.
27. Cleveland Indians
Does anyone else think that the Cleveland Indians have an identity crisis?
The Indians still feature Chief Wahoo on their home cap, but a plain C on the road. Do they think people outside the city of Cleveland will attack them because they still favor an offending Indian on their cap?
I'll take the alternate blue jersey as my favorite of the bunch.
26. Seattle Mariners
The Seattle Mariners feature three primary colors in their uniforms—navy blue, Northwest green and metallic silver. The alternate home jerseys feature the Northwest green look, which to me looks way too much like the old teal of the Florida Marlins.
My favorite of the bunch is the home whites—simple and not overpowering.
25. Pittsburgh Pirates
The whole color scheme of the Pittsburgh Pirates has me totally confused.
For a team that featured black and gold for many years, including a bumblebee-type look in the 1970s, now all of a sudden, they can't decide on colors at all.
Why is the away uniform green? Okay, I'm color-blind—but it doesn't look like a typical gold color to me.
I at least like the home alternate jersey—the black and gold is at least back for a few games a season.
24. Colorado Rockies
From pinstripes to white to black to purple—make up your mind, Colorado Rockies!
Seriously, what is the overall look here? Other than one of confusion, that is.
I prefer the traditional road greys to anything else presented here.
23. Texas Rangers
The only real problem I have with any of the Texas Rangers uniforms is actually quite simple.
They don't feature the team nickname on any of them.
It's great that they're proud to represent the state of Texas—I totally get that. But what if a fan not well-versed in nicknames shows up at Arlington Stadium and wonders about the team nickname? Just a thought.
22. Cincinnati Reds
Honestly, there is nothing bad I can say about any of the jerseys currently used by the Cincinnati Reds.
However, I would have loved to have seen them return to the sleeveless jersey first worn in 1956 and used as the alternate home jersey. That would have been a nice touch.
21. Tampa Bay Rays
I will say this about the jerseys and uniforms worn by the Tampa Bay Rays—everything is uniform, so to speak.
Each uniform features the same logo for both the jersey and cap, unlike other cities who utilize different logos at times for alternate jerseys.
20. Milwaukee Brewers
Much like the Cincinnati Reds earlier, I don't have much of a problem with the various uniforms worn by the Milwaukee Brewers either.
However, just one small gripe.
Couldn't they have at least one uniform that features the old ball-and-glove logo? The one with the letters M and B shaped in the form of a glove? That to me was one of the best baseball logos ever created.
19. Washington Nationals
I have become a fan of the Washington Nationals jerseys.
I'm not blown away by them, but they're simple; they utilize the letter W in a way that honors previous Washington franchises, and they're not overstated.
Well, except for the all-red jersey, that is. Where are my sunglasses?
18. Kansas City Royals
The Kansas City Royals made a slight tweak to the lettering on the away jerseys this season, and they did away with the powder-blue crown caps as well.
However, I am not a fan of the dark-blue jersey, preferring the powder blue much more. At least they're not wearing powder-blue pants.
17. Chicago Cubs
I absolutely love the traditional Chicago Cubs logo—always have and always will. The big C in the circle in the home whites is a recognizable feature for even the most casual of fans.
I have never been in love with the away jerseys, however. Just a little too non-descriptive for me.
16. Minnesota Twins
I am definitely a fan of the traditional home uniforms for the Minnesota Twins. A big, bold and red Twins logo on the front in pinstripes is a nice look.
Not a fan of the alternate blue Twins jersey with pinstripe pants, however. I would also love to see one alternate uniform utilizing the Minnie-and-Paul logo in some form as well.
15. Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies may not be playing with much style right now, but they are styling when they're playing.
Another team that features a unified look with all jerseys—the iconic Phillies with blue stars dotting the two lower case "i."
One gripe, however. Get rid of the blue helmet used with the alternate jersey.
14. Arizona Diamondbacks
After going through some curious looks in their early years, the Arizona Diamondbacks have settled somewhat lately.
Personally, I'm a bigger fan of the A logo used on their alternate jersey—I'd rather see that featured on the traditional uniforms rather than the D currently used on the caps.
13. New York Mets
I've never not been a fan of the New York Mets jerseys. The distinctive Mets logo on the home whites has become a trademark feature that is instantly recognizable.
However, I wish they would incorporate the use of their famed New York skyline logo with at least one of their jerseys. It is currently featured as a sleeve patch only.
12. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels, like other teams, feature a unified approach to all of their jerseys.
The Angels logo on the front of home, road and alternate jerseys all feature the upper case Angels nickname with the distinct halo running through the A itself.
It's a better look, considering they'd have a tough time figuring out the Los Angeles or Anaheim name on the jerseys—or the combination of both.
11. San Francisco Giants
I absolutely love the alternate San Francisco Giants grey jersey; it proudly features the interlocking SF on the left breast.
I am not a fan of the orange jersey in any way, shape or form. But the alternate grey jersey is a big hit.
10. Chicago White Sox
The uniforms of the Chicago White Sox have remained largely unchanged since about 1990, utilizing the vertical Sox logo used by the team since the early 1950s.
Why they ever decided on a red pinstriped alternate uniform is beyond me, however.
9. Oakland Athletics
Shortly after Charlie Finley bought the Kansas City Athletics in 1960, he changed the team's color scheme, featuring the green and gold that is seen in their colors today.
I'm a huge fan of the alternate jerseys specifically for that reason. The A's have been known for those colors for close to 50 years. As long as they don't wear yellow pants, I'm a happy camper.
8. Boston Red Sox
Aside from a period of time in the 1970s when they featured a pullover-style jersey, the Boston Red Sox have used the same uniforms at home for decades.
The road greys have changed somewhat at times, featuring either blue or red lettering, now back to blue.
I'm not the biggest fan of the alternate home red jersey, but I am in favor of the alternate road blue jersey.
7. Detroit Tigers
Call me a purist, but I love the simplicity of the Detroit Tigers uniforms.
The old-English D on both the cap and the home uniform has been utilized for many years and has become as recognizable as any other logo in professional sports.
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
If you travel back in time 50 years, you can picture Sandy Koufax wearing the iconic uniform of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Nothing has changed.
The Dodgers have made virtually no changes to their uniforms or caps at all since moving to Los Angeles in 1958.
Why mess with success?
5. Atlanta Braves
As much as I don't like the Chief Wahoo logo for the Cleveland Indians, I do very much like the tomahawk for the Atlanta Braves.
They proudly feature the tomahawk on four of their five uniforms pictured, and the traditional road uniform is my personal favorite.
I also think the rallying cry heard at Atlanta home games for many years is one of the most recognizable in all of sports.
Just thought I'd throw that in there as an aside.
4. Toronto Blue Jays
The Toronto Blue Jays pulled a Marty McFly and went back to the future with their uniforms, so to speak.
Bringing back their inaugural Blue Jay logo with the Canadian maple leaf, the Blue Jays knocked it out of the park with their new uniforms.
Sometimes, going back is a great move going forward.
3. Baltimore Orioles
Part of the reason I really love the uniforms of the Baltimore Orioles so much is for one simple thing—I love the bird.
The Oriole on the cap, for me, makes the uniform. The O's got away from the funky uniforms worn in the 1970s and 1980s, now opting for more simplicity and featuring the Maryland state bird.
I'm not totally crazy about the orange alternate jersey, but you can't have everything in life.
2. New York Yankees
Personally, either of the top two I have on this list are worthy of being No. 1.
The New York Yankees have proudly worn the pinstripes with the now-famous interlocking NY since the days of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, and they make no apologies for not changing.
Nor should they.
1. St. Louis Cardinals
Picture Dizzy Dean in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform, circa 1935.
Now picture Stan "The Man" Musial in the same, circa 1950.
Now try Bob Gibson, circa 1968.
Now look at the above.
Much like the New York Yankees, there's just no reason to mess with a good thing.
Doug Mead is a featured columnist with Bleacher Report. His work has been featured on the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, SF Gate, CBS Sports, the Los Angeles Times and the Houston Chronicle.