As for logos that have been used over the years in, for example, San Diego, Baltimore, Seattle and Toronto, let’s just say it’s a good thing these teams have since changed it up. Here are my top four worst logos ever:

Throughout the history of baseball there have been blunders and mishaps, good receptions and questionable calls. And I’m not talking about the play on the field.


I’m talking about the very symbols of the teams: the logos. Some of them have clearly withstood the sands of time. Just a few that come to mind: the Cardinals, Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox.


But over the years, some of the other teams in Major League Baseball haven’t really made the best decisions when it comes to their symbolic identity.


Now the interlocking STL and NY for the Cardinals and Yankees along with the simple C and B for the Cubs and Red Sox are tough to beat. Not only are they simple in design, but they’re pretty cool for those fan bases to show off.


As for logos that have been used over the years in, for example, San Diego, Baltimore, Seattle and Toronto, let’s just say it’s a good thing these teams have since changed it up. Here are my top four worst logos ever:


4. 2000-03 Toronto Blue Jays:No other team has gone through logo changes as much as the Blue Jays in recent years. They finally got it right when they introduced their current logo, but in the early part of the decade they used a red “T” with a muscular blue bird holding a bat and tossing a ball, which looked more like a Triple-A team than an MLB franchise.


Not only is it cheesy, it always looked amateurish. Almost like someone from the Blue Jays front office held a contest with the local high schools. Luckily, they’ve changed things around to where the Jays actually look fearsome and competitive.


3. 1977-86 Seattle Mariners:I’m all about working schemes and themes into logos. That’s the whole reasoning behind them, isn’t it? But really, the logos Seattle had in their first decade of existence were about as dumb as they get. A three-pronged Greek mythological spear that serves as an “M”? Really? I’m sure there was a different route that could’ve been taken outside of that. The logo screams late ‘70s, but it’s pretty dull, even for that era. A silver “S” and a compass on a baseball is quite the recovery logo for Seattle’s second AL franchise.


2. San Diego Padres:I get the whole friar mascot around the ballpark, but couldn’t there be a better look to this guy when he’s illustrated? The goofy-looking friar trying to swing a bat is not appealing. A more fearsome friar would probably do the trick. Not this one. I’d actually prefer Porky Pig dressed up as Friar Tuck rather than this drawing the Padres have used since their 1969 inception.


1. 1966-88 Baltimore Orioles:A smiling bird wearing a hat? Really? If there’s any logo in the history of baseball that shouts amateur, it’s the Orioles’ logo of a smiling cartoon bird wearing a baseball cap. Why the Baltimore franchise would chose to wear such an awful logo is beyond me. It’s really a slap in the face to every player on those great Oriole teams that had to wear that logo.


Nothing says “go get ‘em” like cartoon. Even the Toledo Mudhens (Triple-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers) has a similar look on their caps, but the Mudhen at least has a look on its face like it’s ready to battle. Baltimore never even did that. This Baltimore logo looks like a little league team that’s sponsored by the local drug store. But like all these other teams, the Orioles came to their senses and now have a more appeasing look as they hit the field.