The Best and Worst of MLB’s NHL Jerseys

Just recently a co-worker (shout out to James) sent me a photo with hockey jersey designs for all 30 MLB teams. Being the logo aficionado that I am, I was couldn’t get enough of seeing what the designs were like and if they actually matched each teams’ personality. Like all logos, there are some good ones and some bad ones, but I will look at a few that stand out for the right — and wrong — reasons.

AL East Jerseys Make Senese

All of the jerseys here make sense when you think of how the teams did last season. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees were at the top of the division and played a fairly simple style of baseball. The Tampa Bay Rays were next and played a completely different style than, well, the rest of baseball. Then there was the Toronto Blue Jays and Baltimore Orioles. ‘Nuff said.

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It’s really a tie for me between the Red Sox and Yankees — for second place, that is. The Blue Jays far and away take the cake as my favorite in the AL East, maybe of all 30 teams. Blue-on-blue isn’t one of my favorite things, but for reasons I can’t explain, it just works for this jersey. Maybe it’s the logo altogether; maybe it’s the red maple leaf; I honestly don’t know. What I do know is that I like it and it works for the team.

The Red Sox one is simple, but I like the two stripes at the waist instead of one. It gives it a little more character. I’m also glad Ferry Designs went with the actual socks logo instead of just “Boston” across the chest because it makes it a little more interesting.

The Yankees have a simple jersey as well — a lot like the Detroit Tigers (see below) — but I appreciate the nod, whether intentional or unintentional, to the Yankees iconic pinstripes. The stripes at the waist, around the wrists and the shins keep the tradition alive while not being overbearing.

The Rays have an interesting jersey. I’m not much of a fan of the modern devil ray logo, but it works with a white base here. I could do without the blue-on-blue stripes and go for a simple block stripe in either one of the two shades of blue, as long as it’s consistent.

Ah, the Orioles… What a team. They had one of the worst seasons in baseball history, but at least these jerseys are a little better than their season. I think the Orioles and the San Francisco Giants (see below) could have flip-flopped jersey designs here because the “O’s” logo could have had more white and popped more to the eye. It’s not a terrible jersey, but I think black would have been a better choice as the base color instead of orange.

The NL East Is… Interesting

It was an interesting year for the NL East in general with the unexpected progression of the Atlanta Braves and the unexpected regression of the Washington Nationals. The Philadelphia Phillies were in the mix for a little while, but c’mon, it’s the Phillies. The New York Mets and Miami Marlins took their usual places at the bottom of the division.

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As far as jerseys are concerned, rock on, Phillies fans. I love the maroon jerseys and the old school “P” logo, but what I like most about it is the white gloves. Very rarely, if ever, do teams wear white gloves, but I’m a huge fan whenever a team gets the chance like the Detroit Red Wings did in 2015-16 during the Stadium Series. They definitely have one of the best jerseys on the list.

Next up in the NL East is the Nationals. It’s simple yet effective, and once again it has white gloves. It has a good mix of all their primary colors — red, white and blue — and clearly has a simple logo. Nothing too fancy, but I’m a fan of simplicity, so it stands out to me for that reason.

The Braves jersey is pretty good except for one reason: whatever is going on in the stripes. I get it’s adding some personality to the uniform, but all of the zig-zag lines draw me away from the actual logo itself. That’s not the case with Arizona’s design (see below), and the only thing I could attribute that to would be the color. The zig-zag is white which stands out from the other two colors, but changing the color of the zig-zag might hinder it even further. My thought is to just do away with it completely.

The Mets jerseys are kind of strange to me. I like the white base and the way the blue and orange are implemented, but having the same color from the collar all the way down the sleeves isn’t a great look, in my opinion. I’m also not sure about the stripes where the numbers are on the sleeve. It looks a little out of the ordinary, but not in a good way.

I love the Marlins old logo – the black and teal swordfish — but now that they have the multi-colored “M” as their primary logo, combining the two is tough. This jersey almost looks like one of those color-changing cars that fade to a different color when you look at it from different angles. It would have been awesome to see the classic black and teal logo come back to life in the form of a hockey jersey.

The AL Central Is Finally Good

The AL Central is by far the worst division in baseball, but the team who usually wins the division — the Cleveland Indians — would probably be in last place when it comes to these jerseys. Maybe it’s my bias toward these kinds of jerseys, but I think the Detroit Tigers have the best jerseys of the five teams here. I’m a sucker for the white stripe across the torso — see the Florida Panthers home jersey and the Toronto Maple Leafs Centennial Classic jersey — but the simplicity of the jersey makes it stand out in a group of what I would consider fairly complex jerseys.

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After the Tigers, it’s really a toss-up for second place between Kansas City and Minnesota. Kansas City seems to be going with a Vegas Golden Knights-like vibe with four different colors along the sleeves. It works well because the gold works as an outstanding accent color, just as the red does on the Golden Knights jerseys. Minnesota’s jersey is simple in terms of color scheme, but all of the white stripes makes the red around the waist, wrists, shoulders and knees pop, as well as the logo on the chest.

The White Sox jersey is an interesting one because it’s white, gray and black, but I would have liked to see something done with their red, white and blue logo from the 70s and 80s. That’s not to say the design is bad — it’s actually quite good — but it’s just kind of there.

The thing that turns me away from the Indians logo is the red stripes going from the collar down the sleeves. It feels like it’s just too much in a jersey design that has a primarily red logo and red pants. Again, it’s not bad, just the worst of the AL Central mock-ups. However, in my opinion, the AL Central jerseys are the best of the six divisions, something that is far from the case in the baseball standings.

The NL Central: The Standings Match the Jerseys

Like the AL Central, the NL Central has some very solid hockey jerseys. There aren’t any that are bad, but the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are at the top of the list in terms of these jerseys.

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The Brewers jersey is unique because of the design inside the stripes. I think this sets it apart from the Cubs and Cardinals because it adds more eccentricity and complexity to an otherwise simple design. Imagine if those were block stripes just filled in with yellow. It definitely wouldn’t be the same, and I’m glad Ferry Designs went with the glove logo instead of the spelled-out Brewers to set it apart from the Dodgers design (see below).

The Cubs jersey looks very similar to the New York Rangers jersey. It looks to be about the same color, but the logo with the actual cub is a nice touch. Their circle logo could have worked, but I don’t think it would have looked as good.

The baby blue Cardinals jerseys are amazing, as with most baby blue uni’s. One thing I haven’t grown accustomed to, however, is the blue-on-blue. I know I said I liked it with the Blue Jays earlier, but it just looks different with the Cardinals logo. The Winnipeg Jets have tried this with their alternate jerseys this year, but I am still not sold on the colorway. The red with the baby blue is outstanding, but if the color of the pants could change, I think the all-around design would be a bit better.

The Pittsburgh Pirates jersey looks a lot like the Pittsburgh Penguins 2017 Stadium Series jerseys, just with a little more white. Taking out the white could be beneficial to make it more simplistic, but it’s a middle-of-the-road design that I would need to see on the ice to judge.

The Cincinnati Reds mock-ups… Wow. Lots and lots of red, which is fitting given their team name. They’re a red-and-white-colored team, but it looks all too similar to the Carolina Hurricanes home uniform. Honestly, I’m not sure how to make it any different, but that’s what experimenting is for.

The Colorful AL West

The two most basic jerseys in the AL West are the most eye-catching, for obvious reasons. I was a huge fan of the Oakland A’s Kelly Green alternate jerseys, but I’m torn for the hockey jersey. The only hockey team to successfully pull off a green jersey was the Hartford Whalers which is one of the most iconic logos in all of professional sports. What might be the deciding factor is the yellow in the logo. I understand it’s one of the A’s primary colors, but it’s just a little too vibrant for my liking.

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Speaking of yellow, the Seattle Mariners have no shortage of it in their hockey jersey. I like the blue and yellow logo the Mariners have sported over the past few seasons, and while it’s just two colors in the mock-up, it’s still a lot of color. It’s not as vibrant as the A’s, but a close second.

Whether we’re talking baseball or hockey jerseys, the Astros have a strange color scheme. The hockey jersey is decent with what Ferry Designs had to work with, but what I would have liked to see was a play off of their logo from 2000-2012. A lot could have been done with either, but as far as their current logo goes, it’s a good design for a strange colorway.

The Texas Rangers mock-up is a lot like the Twins one — fairly simple yet eye-catching. There’s not much to say about it other than it gets the job done.

The Los Angeles Angels jersey is fine, but it appears to be playing off the old Anaheim Mighty Ducks logo — you know, the most iconic logo in sports. The Angels logo is fine, but nothing will ever match the teal and purple colorway. It’s also a little confusing since red is the Angels main color, but the base color for the hockey jersey is navy blue.

The NL West Has Flair

I really enjoyed looking through the NL West jerseys. They match the teams in the division quite well and provide just enough color to make things interesting.

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It’s a really close tie for first place between the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks. I’ve always been a fan of the Rockies batting practice logo — I even have the hat — but something about the purple sweater is endearing. Accented with black, this is one of the best for all 30 teams involved. It could be cool to see a reverse logo as well, one with a black sweater and purple accents.

The Diamondbacks jersey looks to be playing off of the Arizona Coyotes alternate Black Kachina jersey which has always been one of my favorites. Something about teal and purple always looks good on a hockey jersey, and the cream accent color was a perfect fit for the colorway — much better than white would have looked.

The Los Angeles Dodgers jersey is about as simple as can be. It’s a lot like their home baseball jerseys which are also very simple. The only thing I’m not sure about is the number in red under the logo. It looks great on a baseball uniform, but I would have to see it in action during a hockey game to get a better look.

The San Diego Padres hockey jersey isn’t awful, but it’s not great either. Again, fairly simple, but the orange is a nice touch instead of just their all-blue “SD.” It definitely would have been better than their old brown and yellow logo… I can only imagine what that would look like.

I had to really zoom in to see the San Francisco Giants logo on these jerseys. The black and orange is fine — the Philadelphia Flyers have proven it can work — but I think the logo needs to be more clear without being too overbearing.

Ferry Designs did an amazing job with all of these logos — it’s no easy task to put all of this work together. Obviously, this article is just one person’s thoughts, but I don’t have the design skills to put together my own. Like everyone else, I have my own preferences and I’ve expressed them above. Now the only thing left to do is to see what hockey jerseys would look like in the form of baseball jerseys.

All images in this article were screenshots from Ferry Designs on Twitter. Follow him @Ferry_Designs.

 

 

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