It seems like in recent years, more and more teams have been adopting retro uniforms. That trend has continued this year, with plenty of teams across the league unveiling new throwback-style uniforms to be worn for everyday play.
Among those new uniforms are a few powder blue combinations. The Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays and Minnesota Twins all released some variation of a blue uniform over the offseason, and while we'll have to wait longer to see them in action now, we can still stare in awe at their beauty.
The Twins were the first team to release their new blue jerseys, doing so all the way back in November. These uniforms are meant to be reminiscent of the Twins' alternates from 1973-1986.
While the Twins didn't see much success during that time - the team didn't even make one postseason appearance in that timespan - there were some individual successes.
Hall of Fame infielder Rod Carew won five batting titles during those years and fellow Cooperstown inductee Bert Blyleven had some of his best years on the mound in Minnesota in the 1970s.
For a team that's had playoff berths in two of the last three years, but been unable to get past the first round, maybe a change of uniform is just what they need.
I'm a fan of what Minnesota has going on here, mostly because it stands out from what other teams do when they wear powder blue. The Twins put their front lettering in red, contrasting with the light blue jersey, and I think it works well for them.
The Rangers were the next team to announce their new blue uniforms, releasing them in early December of last year. It will be the first time since 1976-1982 that the Rangers will regularly wear powder blue uniforms.
While I like the way the Twins' uniforms contrast the light blue coloring of the jersey with the bright red script on the front, the Rangers also do a great job with these uniforms. The white lettering on the front flows really well with the red and blue trim. I also love the red, white and blue piping on the sides of the pants. Altogether, this is a really good look from Texas.
Toronto Blue Jays
The last team to introduce new blue uniforms this year is the team that arguably has the most iconic of them all. If your team name is the Blue Jays, it's only fitting to have multiple shades of blue uniforms.
Toronto is adding to it's dark blue alternates this year by bringing in a complete powder blue uniform, jersey, pants and all. This is a throwback to the Blue Jays' uniforms of the 1970s and 80s, which have become some of the most popular uniforms for teams to return to.
The uniforms are great enough on their own, but the Blue Jays also win for best reveal. That video is extremely well-done. A+.
According to my count, and information from Uni-Watch, seven MLB teams now have powder blue uniforms as part of their regular rotation. The three teams that unveiled new blue uniforms this offseason join the Phillies, Cardinals, Royals and Rays on the powder blue train. The Royals and Rays light blue uniforms consist of a blue jersey on top of white pants.
There are some great options out there for light blue jerseys, and I'm not sure I can pick a favorite one. All of them are well-done and look fantastic, except for maybe the Phillies.
Now if we could only get the Braves to bring back these beauties.
Matthew Atkins, Journalist and Baseball fan.