The Miami Marlins made waves over the winter when they revealed their new uniforms, which, depending on your viewpoint, either are baseball's best fashion statement since stirrup socks or the worst since rainbow jerseys.
Before I get to the Marlins verdict in my major league uniform rankings, we need to settle on what makes a good uniform. I mean, other than it being worn by Derek Jeter. For the answer, I went to the expert, Paul Lukas, who writes the spectacularly comprehensive Uni Watch column and website.
"Aside from the obvious stuff -- nice color scheme, decent logo, etc. -- the uni should fit the city," Lukas says. "What's right for Chicago isn't necessarily right for Seattle or Arizona. Also, the basic structure of a baseball uniform is still pretty quaint -- the jerseys have buttons, the pants have pockets -- so a snarling logo character with a furrowed brow and gritted teeth isn't going to work. Save that for football. Baseball logos -- whether on the cap or the jersey -- should be a mix of the three Cs: cute, classy and clever."
Well put. The only thing I would add is that a great uniform should also make even Bartolo Colon look good. Now on to the rankings, but first, a couple of important disclaimers:
1. The rankings are based primarily on the standard home uniform -- jersey, caps, pants and socks (not that you can see the socks anymore) -- but there are so many alternate jerseys it is sometimes hard to tell which is which. So alternate jerseys have some effect on the rankings.