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Former Astros Logo Ranks Highly In List Of All Time Greatest In MLB History

Sure the 2011 Major League Baseball season is in full swing, but that doesn't mean there's not time to squeeze in a good old fashioned conversation-starting list. The subject? The greatest logos in the history of MLB baseball, which as the name implies, means former logos are up for consideration. Who better to put together the fun power rankings as he calls them than Grant Brisbee, the managing editor of McCovey Chronicles and a contributing editor at Baseball Nation? Brisbee's mixture of sound analysis and laugh-out-loud humor are always enjoyable.

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So, to the list. Here's the top five:

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1. Kansas City Royals - 2002-present

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The general rule of thumb is that the more classic the logo, the higher it will rank. Other, more historic franchises have had the same logo for longer, but the Royals vault to the top because they stuck with the same basic theme for their logo, and they held steady from their infancy through the weirdness of the ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. It still came out cool and respected on the other side. The Martin Scorsese of logos.

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2. New York Yankees - 1947-present

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3. Los Angeles Dodgers - 1958-present

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4. Colorado Rockies - 1993-present

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5. Houston Astros - 1975-1993

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For as much guff as the Astros' ‘70s uniforms get, the logos were kind of cool. They have baseballs in orbit, a nod to science. Baseball is usually a little wary of science, so we'll take what we can get. And the logo includes the Astrodome, one of the modern wonders of the world -- a permanent fixture on the baseball landscape that will never, ever, ever go away.

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I don't disagree, and I doubt most Astros fans will either. That orange and the awesomely ancient font choice won't soon be forgotten.

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Check out the rest of the list and join the conversation over at Baseball Nation.

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