27. 1993 Seattle Mariners (Home)
Few teams changed their logos and uniforms for the good in the 1990s. The Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Cincinnati Reds and New York Mets all made mistakes trying to modernize their color schemes, which essentially ruined otherwise good-looking uniform combinations. However, one of the teams that got it right was the Seattle Mariners.
The Mariners put forth a good first effort with their trident M logo and quirky lettering, which was used from the franchise’s first season in 1977 until 1986. However, the M’s logo that followed from 1987-92, as well as the simple S logo on the cap ranks among the most boring uniform sets of the modern era.
But, in 1993, the Mariners went full ‘90s and added “Northwest Green,” which most people across the country would call teal or aqua, and added it to a dark navy blue cap and accented the logo with silver (a far under utilized color across Major League Baseball). To many fans, the new colors were a garish departure from baseball’s traditional color schemes. However, the Mariners did a very good job of modernizing its uniforms while maintaining a classic look. The decision has stood the test of time, having changed only slightly since.
Nevertheless, the Mariners no longer use one of the best aspects of the color change: the Northwest Green bill on the team’s helmets and caps. A solid navy lid is certainly more traditional, but in many cases, adding a team-colored bill to a navy crown elevates the look of a cap, and Seattle is no exception. The silver bill the team flirted with at times in the ‘90s was a miss, but the Mariners should bring back the green.