[RANKINGS]: The 15 worst uniforms in Major League Baseball
Welcome to CSN's 2015 MLB "Worst Uniform" Power Rankings
By Peter Hailey, CSNWashington.com: Baseball is America's pastime, which means it has some of the most historic and recognizable uniforms in all of sports. This countdown will feature exactly zero of those jerseys. Instead, our "Worst Uniform" power rankings is meant to celebrate the poor taste that went into the development of some of the game's most questionable looks. And there is only one rule: The jersey had to have been worn recently, within the past year or two. It doesn't matter if it's part of the franchise's normal rotation or if it was just a one time wear; if it made it onto the diamond, it's eligible for this list. Click through the gallery to see which uniforms make up the MLB's worst, and find out who takes home the crown(?) that comes along with the title of Baseball's Worst Uniform.
15) Arizona Diamondbacks
Arizona's alternates, which the team isn't shy about wearing, are pretty dreadful. The font is an eyesore, and it looks like it belongs more on the chest of a struggling Arena Football League team than an MLB club. Meanwhile, the logo -- which had the potential to be cool and possibly even save the look -- is too simple. This is a bad jersey for a mostly bad team.
14) Cleveland Indians
No, surprised baseball fan, this isn't some old throwback that the Indians have only worn a few times in the past couple of seasons; these gray uni's are actually Cleveland's regular road design. The incredibly plain hat and boring jersey that looks like it belongs in the 1940s is the team's uniform of choice when they take the field in the other 31 stadiums that aren't the team's home, which makes us shudder at the thought of what the team chose not to wear. This one is a real head-scratcher, and because the Indians keep using it, it finds itself on our list.
13) Miami Marlins
The Marlins home and road uniforms are a polarizing look: some fans love them and some fans hate them. With that being said, there's no split in opinion on these orange alternates -- they're awful. For a franchise that's made so many poor choices in their past (building that strange new stadium, the 2012 offseason where they acquired a bunch of big names then got rid of almost all of them within a year), these highlighter orange jerseys are just another sketchy decision.
12) Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh likes to roll out these throwbacks on occasion, which the team used to wear in the 70's. But like many things from that era, it'd be best if these uniforms were simply left there, never to be seen again. The pants, with their elastic waist and no belt, and the hat, with its nasty yellow color, both get uglier the more you look at them. Jung Ho Kang and Neil Walker are high five-ing about something in this photo, but it surely isn't because of their wardrobe.
11) San Diego Padres
Every so often, the Padres will take the field at Petco Park in these sandy camouflage uniforms. We wish they didn't. The look is full of different shades of brown, and each one is more unsightly than the one before it. No piece is spared: the belts, the hats, the helmets, the jerseys, and even the undershirts are all brown. As a whole, San Diego has one of the most boring home designs in the majors, but it looks perfect when compared to these tan disasters.
10) Boston Red Sox
For some reason, Boston insists on sprinkling in these blue alternates when they play on the road. It's an odd move, to say the least. The Red Sox have some of the more storied uni's in baseball history, but every so often they leave those on the hanger in favor of jerseys that look like ugly spring training outfits. You're better than that, Boston.
9) Colorado Rockies
Sleeveless jerseys should be banned, and if a team ever wears them, they should automatically forfeit the game they're playing in -- scratch that, forfeit the series. The Rockies are one of the only teams in baseball that still step between the lines without sleeves when they stroll out in these outfits, but it's hard to imagine why. These uni's look cheap and also make no use of the organization's purple, a terrific color that should never be left on the shelf. A totally inexcusable move by Colorado's equipment managers.
8) San Francisco Giants
In an attempt to spice up their uniforms, the Giants introduced a couple of alternates to be worn in addition to their normal set. This is one of them, though we're not really sure why. San Fran has black and orange in their repertoire, but it seems like they'd rather rock the classic gold-font-on-white-jersey look. The Giants may be good at throwing no-hitters and winning championships, but they certainly aren't any good at coming up with sweet alternates.
7) Atlanta Braves
Atlanta gets an "A" in the patriotism department, and a huge "F" in just about every other area when they rock these red jerseys. The uniform looks like it should be on the backs of minor leaguers in Albuquerque or Idaho instead of Atlanta's big league squad. Goodness, there's a lot going on here.
6) Seattle Mariners
It's hard to understand what Seattle is doing with these disgusting alternates. It's as if someone broke into the Brewers team store, stole all their inventory, then removed the "Brewers" from the front and stitched "Mariners" on instead. Whenever a team uses a color scheme that's different than their normal one, the result is almost always awkward. This one, though, surpasses awkward altogether, and reaches "uncomfortable" status very quickly.
5) Milwaukee Brewers
The last time the Brewers wore these dijon mustard-inspired uniforms (as of June 23rd), Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck them out sixteen times. Milwaukee needs to take that as a sign, and put these jerseys on the bench forever. Whoever in the Brewers organization thought these were a good idea needs to buy a round for every fan whose viewing experience was ruined by them.
4) Arizona Diamondbacks (again)
The Diamondbacks are the only club to make a second appearance on the list, but they deserve it. It was thought that when Arizona went to their new color scheme a couple years back, these hideous jerseys would be retired, but apparently not. The team most recently dusted off this look during a mid-June game against the Angels, much to the chagrin of baseball fans everywhere. There has to be another, more attractive way to pay homage to the 2001 World Series champion D'backs, right? Right?
3) Chicago Cubs
Apologies in advance to the Windy City, as its two teams finish in the top three of our countdown. First, we have the Cubs, who "paid tribute" to the 1915 Chicago Whales on May 31st against the Royals by suiting up in the Whales' old uni's. To put it simply, everything in this picture is abhorrent, especially the hats that have nothing on them and the whale that actually looks like a gerbil inside of the "C." Unfortunately for the Cubs, this jersey isn't bad enough to win them the title of MLB's worst look, meaning they yet again fall just short of winning a championship.
2) Chicago White Sox
If it weren't for the next team, our quest to find the worst of the worst would've ended in the south side of Chicago, and with these 1983 throwbacks that the team wears a few times a season. A lot of the times, throwbacks are awesome. Sometimes, they're putrid. Can you guess which category these fall in? Where do we start -- the random numbers on the top of the pant leg, that ghastly chest logo, or the revolting color scheme as a whole? No matter which way you look at it, this design is deplorable. It's almost shocking that another franchise was able to beat the Sox, actually.
1) Tampa Bay Rays
This Rays 70's throwback is so abominable it almost was disqualified from our rankings; it's the LeBron James of ugly uni's, and having it on here is (almost) unfair. But in the end, a jersey this bad needs to be crowned baseball's worst look. Nothing about Tampa's design is redeemable, and there's no point in pointing out its flaws because they're all so obvious. So yes, go ahead and dump the cooler on each other, Rays players, because you guys are the undisputed, unquestioned winner of CSN's worst uniform in baseball title. Now, only one question remains: When's the parade?