Today it is National Hat Day in the USA (who comes up with days like this anyway?). Here is a list with my 10 favorite MLB/MiLB hats.
10. Ogden Raptors
Many don’t like this cap but I think this is a great one. This cap is way better than the previous home cap the Raptors had. There is a special thing about this cap too. I got it from a player who played for the Raptors.
9. Toronto Blue Jays
I always liked the original Blue Jays logo, especially on the all royal blue cap. This one is a nice spinoff of that logo and I must say it even is an improvement.
8. San Diego Padres alternate
I have always been a sucker for the original Padres’ Taco Bell cap. So it doesn’t come as a surprise I like this spinoff. I hardly can wait until next year when the Padres come up with their brown based uniforms.
7. Corpus Christie Hooks
Unlike many others, the Corpus Christie Hooks do not change their look a lot. So, as a result, they sport this home cap for several years now. I like the quirky C shaped hook. It is a nice wordplay as a hook is baseball slang for a curveball but also relates to the fishing industry Corpus Christi is known for.
6. Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
As soon as the Quakes came up with this home cap, I fell in love with it. It is different than all the other caps as the lid is adorned with a fault as the Quakes’ ballpark is built on such a fault. Also, the “shaking” Q is something I like.
5. New York Yankees
Since I am a Yankee fan, this hat may not be missing in this list. Of course, I like this hat because it is of my favorite MLB club. But the logo is a classic of course. What is not to like about it?
4. Everett AquaSox (road)
This cap is a nod to the trident the Mariners once wore on their home cap. That one functioned as an M. The AquaSox turned the M to the left so it becomes an E.
3. Stockton Ports (alternate)
This cap sports a sailor as a referral to the name Ports. The sailor is carrying asparagus since the area around Stockton is known for the cultivation of that vegetable. This is a perfect example of the quirky looks some minor league clubs have.
2. Lancaster Jethawks
Before I got this cap from a friend in the USA, I never was too fond of this cap. But that was before I saw one in real life. As soon as I got this cap, I liked it a lot. I like the golden outline of the logo, the golden MiLB logo on the back and the 2018 California League All-Star game patch on the side.
1. Eugene Emeralds alternate
The moment the Ems came out with their new look, I fell in love with this alternate cap. I like the green color as it is not as common blue, red and black. But what I like most is the E shaped footprint. As far as I am concerned it fits into the same category as the smart logos of the former Montreal Expos and the Milwaukee Brewers.