If you’re not from Boston or St. Louis, it is time to lose the ball cap. There is nothing sadder than a fan rocking his team’s logo long after his boys of summer have been booted from the fall’s playoffs. Instead of wearing that tired Yankees cap or, worse, the Astros’ puzzling proud “H,” try a deeper cut and rock an affiliated minor league team’s hat. No one will make fun of you, and you’ll be showing off your deep appreciation of the game. There is also this: Farm system teams have long competed for fans by embracing eccentric mascots and outrageous logos. Teams like the Richmond Flying Squirrels, the Vermont Lake Monsters, and the Bowling Green Hot Rods are bringing the fun and helping give minor leaguers a reputation for sporting cooler caps than the pros.
Here are the best hats from the farm system, where they’re growing great designers like corn.