The Good, The Bad, And The Meh Of 2014 MLB All-Star Hats

Written By:  •  Wednesday, July 16, 2014

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A while back, we reported on the news that every player in the MLB All-Star Game would be wearing hats that were similar to what the Twins wore for batting helmets back in the ’70s. In that post, you only saw what the hats would look like for each team. Now, since the Derek Jeter Lovefe-I mean, the 2014 MLB All-Star Game has come and gone, so now we’ve gotten a good look at how the hats look with each uniform. As expected, some look pretty bad, but there are a few that actually look pretty good. We’ll take a look at those below:

GOOD:

Since they were the home team, most of the American League hats actually looked pretty good alongside the white jersey. The best example of this, in my opinion, would probably come from 3 AL West Teams: The Angels, the Athletics, and the Mariners. All 3 of these teams actually had a vibrant color scheme going, and their logo really popped off of the white background.

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Of course, this look also worked for the host team, the Minnesota Twins. It was based on something that they used to wear, so of course it had to work.

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This also worked for the Orioles and the Blue Jays, since it’s so close to what the team actually wears or has worn in the past.

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Another look that worked was for certain teams who had a colored background on their hats. The first teams that came to my mind were the Atlanta Braves, St. Louis Cardinals, and Washington Nationals. Both of these teams have plenty of red in their road uniform, and the red in the hat nicely complimented the red in the rest of the uniform. This didn’t work for a few other teams, but we’ll get to that later.

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Lastly, the hats with gray backgrounds. The only 3 that I saw utilize this design were the Brewers, Cubs, and Dodgers. It was similar to how the A.L. teams with white-background hats worked. Instead of being the focal point, it was a compliment to these teams’ uniforms.

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So now that we’ve gotten through the good, it’s time for the bad.

BAD:

The Red Sox normally have some of the best uniforms in all of baseball. Last night, however, was a prime example of how important a hat is to a uniform. With their normal all-navy hat, it’s one of the best in the big leagues. With this, it looks decidedly mediocre.

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Most of the teams with random splashes of colors in their hats didn’t pan out so well. The Astros were one of them. So were the Royals.

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Even the Reds fell victim to this. Despite the fact that I praised the Braves, Cardinals, and Nationals for having hats with red backgrounds, it didn’t work as well for the Reds because of all of the black in the rest of their hats. Seeing as how the Reds have minimized black in their color scheme with their current identity, it looked a bit out of place and it brought back bad memories of the dark ages for this team.

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Then we have the Phillies. If this hat was reversed, it probably would have been halfway decent. Instead it wasn’t, and we got this. Yikes.

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Thankfully, we’ve maneuvered our way through the “bad,” part. Now, it’s time to apathetically wade our way through the “meh” section. Thankfully, it’s short because there’s only 3 teams involved here.

MEH:

Remember when I said that hats with white backgrounds worked well if your team had a vibrant color scheme? Well, if your team has a navy-and-white or black-and-white look, then it wasn’t good or bad. It was “meh,” and that’s basically what I felt when I saw the Yankees, White Sox, and Tigers last night.

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Then, we have an interesting note: Oakland A’s pitcher Jeff Samardzija was on hand and was recognized as an All-Star since he was voted in. However, since he was elected as a player for a National League team and was traded to an American League team before the All-Star break, we got to see Samardzija show up to the game wearing what was actually described as a “Generic National League All-Star uniform.” Generic basically sums up the word “meh,” so it had to be included in this section.

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So that concludes the review of the 2014 MLB All-Star hats, one in which we saw Minnesota’s batting helmets from the ’70s translated onto today’s caps. What did you think of the experiment? Were you a fan of it, or do you think that they should just leave the experiments on the drawing board? As always, we’d love to hear how you’d feel about it, and if we missed anything, let us know and feel free to post some in the comments!



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Demetrius is an avid sports fan, a dedicated student of the uniform and logo game, and a prolific user of twitter. You can follow him at @fergoe and read his personal blog at fittedcapfiend.blogspot.com