Seamheads can gripe and moan all they want about the length of major league games, the designated hitter, instant replay, umpires, metrics geeks, uneven fields, Hall of Fame standards, even Alex Rodriguez in a TV booth. But baseball looks marvelous. That’s right. The uniforms have never been better.
Truth is, the motivation to look good in the bigs has never been greater. Hats and jerseys do boffo business in pro sports, but especially baseball because of its individual nature, larger roster size and longer shelf life. From alternates to throwbacks to weekend specials, there are more options than ever.
That was never more apparent than before the 2019 season, when Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper hit the equivalent of a 600-foot homer before he played a game with his new team. According to online retailer Fanatics, his No. 3 jersey set the pro sports record for sales in 24 and 48 hours. By the last cha-ching, it had moved past Aaron Judge's jersey as the most popular one in the game. Team merchandise sales had shot up more than 5,000 percent from the same time one year earlier.
Just as money talks, so do uniforms. And some speak louder (and better) than others. Here's how all 30 MLB team uniforms rank, based on the past and present, with bonus points for consistency and historical significance.