Here’s how we rank Major League Baseball’s Nike City Connect uniforms from boring to brash

If you’ve spent any time in Houston for the past two weeks, you probably won’t be surprised to hear that the Astros’ Space City uniforms are a big hit. Jerseys, t-shirts and caps seem to be everywhere, which the Astros confirmed Wednesday when they sent out a statement that the day Space City gear went on sale was the second-highest sales total out of game from their team store, trailing only the day after the team won the 2017 World Series.

Space City uniforms are part of the Nike City Connect project in which Nike and every Major League Baseball team work together to come up with a uniform that correctly and creatively represents their community. Seven teams wore City Connect uniforms last season and seven more will reveal their new misses this season, with only the Nationals and Astros showing theirs so far. The Royals (April 30), Rockies (June 4), Angels (June 11), Brewers (June 24) and Padres (July 8) are yet to come.

The Astros, who have incredible details throughout their Houston-related gear, will wear their Space City uniforms for the first time Wednesday night against the Angels.

We’ve taken the nine City Connect uniforms we’ve seen so far and ranked them from worst to first…

9. Dodgers

Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Trea Turner looks on during a game against the New York Mets on August 20, 2021 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The Dodgers unveiled their Los Dodgers City Connect uniforms in 2021.

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Did the designer of the Dodgers’ City Connect uniform receive the assignment the day before it was due? It’s way too close to the usual Dodgers jerseys — which, admittedly, are kinda cute — but get creative, instead of just putting “Los Dodgers” on the front. And that “Los Dodgers” hat is just plain ugly.

8. Giants

Thairo Estrada of the San Francisco Giants reacts to a ground fly against the Washington Nationals in the top of the seventh inning at Oracle Park on July 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California.  The Giants wear an alternate uniform called City Connect.

Thairo Estrada of the San Francisco Giants reacts to a ground fly against the Washington Nationals in the top of the seventh inning at Oracle Park on July 10, 2021 in San Francisco, California. The Giants wear an alternate uniform called City Connect.

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The designer gets an A-plus for the cool silhouette of the Golden Gate Bridge on the sleeves and on the side of the caps, but that narrow G logo? Swing and miss. They also sniffed around playing with a gradient at the bottom of the logo and the bridge on the sleeves to give the impression of the ever-present Bay Area fog. Surely there are cooler things in San Francisco than the fog, right?

7. Cubs

Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs plays against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on June 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois.  The Chicago Cubs launched their Wrigleyville City Connect uniforms in 2021.

Ian Happ of the Chicago Cubs plays against the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on June 12, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. The Chicago Cubs launched their Wrigleyville City Connect uniforms in 2021.

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This one is probably lower on the list simply because of how they were outplayed by the rival White Sox. “Wrigleyville” is cool splashed across the front and the navy jerseys with the matching pants are striking. The light blue accents depicting the Chicago flag are also a nice touch, but it’s still a bit boring.

6. Diamondbacks

Caleb Smith of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on June 18, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Diamondbacks unveiled their Serpientes City Connect uniforms in 2021.

Caleb Smith of the Arizona Diamondbacks delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field on June 18, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks unveiled their Serpientes City Connect uniforms in 2021.

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The Diamondbacks stuck with their usual team colors — Sedona Red and Sonoran Sand — but reversed them to make Sonoran Sand gold the primary color and red more of an accent. Hats off to their Hispanic fan base by changing the name to “Serpientos” is much cooler than “Los Dodgers”.

5. Marlins

Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at LoanDepot Park on June 27, 2021 in Miami.  The Marlins unveiled their City Connect uniforms in 2021.

Sandy Alcantara of the Miami Marlins delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at LoanDepot Park on June 27, 2021 in Miami. The Marlins unveiled their City Connect uniforms in 2021.

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These units pay homage to the Havana Sugar Kings, the Class AAA team of the Cincinnati Reds based in Cuba in the 1950s. They are a hit with the large Cuban population in South Florida, and everyone is glad the designers did not choose too obvious a reference to Miami Vice.

4.Red Sox

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts reacts while wearing the Nike City Connect jersey before a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 17, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston.

Boston Red Sox’s Xander Bogaerts reacts while wearing the Nike City Connect jersey before a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 17, 2021 at Fenway Park in Boston.

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This is probably the most controversial of all the City Connect designs, simply because of the affinity fans have for the traditional Red Sox plains and the huge step away from that tradition with these uniforms. As odd as it may seem to see the Red Sox in yellow and blue, it’s a nod to the Boston Marathon and Patriots Day, which is huge for the city.

3. Nationals

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals heads for the dugout during the game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 9, 2022 in Washington, DC.  The Nationals unveiled their City Connect uniforms in 2022.

Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals heads for the dugout during the game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on April 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Nationals unveiled their City Connect uniforms in 2022.

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Putting pink on the jerseys was daring and it looks really good combined with the gray. The nod to the city’s cherry blossoms connects perfectly to the area and is so much better than trying to go with something presidential.

2. Astros

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman models the new City Connect uniforms that will debut in the April 20 home game against the Angels.
Astros third baseman Alex Bregman models the new City Connect uniforms that will debut in the April 20 home game against the Angels.Courtesy of the Houston Astros

The all-navy look is sharp, and the hat, which features the team’s iconic Star H log but with a rainbow gradient and planetary tracks around it, might be the best of all the City Connect options. The NASA-inspired font works great, and the number on the pant leg is also a cool homage to 1970s Astros uniforms.

1.White Sox

Tim Anderson (7), Nick Madrigal (1) and Danny Mendick (20) of the Chicago White Sox pose for a photo before the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 5, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.  The White Sox launched their Nike City Connect Southside uniforms that day.

Tim Anderson (7), Nick Madrigal (1) and Danny Mendick (20) of the Chicago White Sox pose for a photo before the game against the Detroit Tigers on June 5, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox launched their Nike City Connect Southside uniforms that day.

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Southside in this gray gothic font makes these uniforms hard to beat and popular with anyone who lives south of any city (thanks to Alief, Texas). Head-to-toe black with pin stripes is also razor sharp.



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