by Rob Joyce

Every year the MLB All-Star Game designs uniforms for each player, coach, Home Run Derby participant, trainer, etc. Yet during the actual game, the players wear the regular uniforms of their respective teams. It makes little sense – outside of being another way to generate revenue – but in nearly two decades since being introduced, there have been some doozies.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

5) 2013 American League

I like the bridge underneath the logo, and I like the outline of New York City above it. But having both makes the whole thing too cluttered. This is forgivable, but the back of the jersey makes it unappealing. It is a blue jersey with blue numbers on the back, outlined by white. Having the uniforms and numbers be the same color is a no-no. Putting tiny stars on the numbers only makes it worse.

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Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

4) 2005 National League

It is one thing to look past the orange. After all, host city Detroit has orange in their cap logo. But the font looks like it belongs on a fluorescent sign on a Vegas casino or a 24-hour diner off the highway, not on the front of a baseball uniform. And the shoulder stripe is unnecessary. However, props for putting flags of the players’ countries on the breast.

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3) 2007 American & National League

Many of these uniforms try to incorporate part of the city in their design. Some are classy, like the Cardinals putting the Gateway Arch into their 2009 jersey or the Yankees putting the famed frieze above the 2008 logo. The Giants failed with their attempt to integrate the Golden Gate Bridge. The fonts are hard to read, especially in the American League unis, featuring an orange font on a white backdrop. The bridge also looks too cluttered.

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Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

2) 1998 National League

In Colorado, the American League side wore nice black uniforms. But look at Mark McGwire on the right. The Rockies’ colors are purple, black and grey. Why would Major League Baseball think a green jersey would be okay? It’s especially egregious considering there is a purple silhouette of the Rocky Mountains in place of the second “A”. Green + purple ≠ acceptable.

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1) 1999 American & National League

First off, they are vests. Secondly, the numbers were vertical. Let me repeat: THE NUMBERS WERE VERTICAL. This is maybe the greatest All-Star Game spectacle ever put on. Yet the images from Fenway Park during the Home Run Derby features terrible, terrible uniforms.

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