If you’re a baseball fan, you probably caught the Arizona Diamondbacks’ massive uniform overhaul a few years back. They arrived suddenly one offseason — with eight different styles in all — and went places where MLB unis had never gone before. In retrospect, most people never really wanted ball clubs to go there, and D-Backs management acknowledged it right away.
“We were just trying to go with what is popular and trending today,” Team President Derrick Hall told SportsLogos.net at the release party. “It’s out there enough that you open yourself up to criticism, but … if you do what you think is right for baseball and for the team, you just hold your head high and don’t look back.”
Soon enough, players were not holding their heads high; they were looking back constantly instead. Players mocked them, and celebrities piled on, too.
So changes arrived for the 2017 season. In response to a backlash by fans, players, and good taste, some of the more bizarre innovations disappeared. However, what remains still puts the Diamondbacks ahead of the pack when it comes to ugly uniforms. In the history of baseball, there may have been more cringeworthy designs. But right now Arizona stands alone in the terrible uni department.