By Cliff Corcoran

The World Baseball Classic is fun for many reasons. Among those is the opportunity for some new baseball fashion. Here are the five best uniforms from this year's tournament, giving equal weight to the three key components: the cap, the home jersey and the road jersey, each of which I've graded on the 20-to-80 scouting scale. (You can buy them at the MLB Shop.)

5. Japan

This home uniform is by far the best in the tournament. The jersey and pants have a black, dotted pinstripe on white. The lettering, name and number all in a unique, old-school font with black outlined in gold, and the jersey has a thin stripe of gold around the collar and sleeves. That's gorgeous in and of itself, but a tremendous added detail is a thin stripe of red on the inside of sleeves, which compliments the red sun on the Japanese flag on the right sleeve.

The road set has the same basic look, including the red inside the sleeve, on a black jersey with a white, dotted pinstripe, which is paired with white pants with one line of black pipping down the side. That's a handsome look, as well, but the numbers and lettering are still black outlined in gold for black-on-black look that fails to pop. That black-on-black approach is even worse on the cap, which has a black "J" outlined in gold on a black cap with gold trim around the bill.

Home jersey: 75
Road jersey: 60
Cap: 45
Total: 180

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4. Colombia

Colombia made great use of Majestic's charcoal road template by using a bright yellow outline on the letters and numbers on their road jersey. That yellow, taken from the largest stripe on the Colombian flag, makes everything pop out of that dark background and is further enhanced by the neon yellow undershirts worn by many members of the team. The resulting charcoal, royal blue and bright yellow combination is unique and very pleasing to the eye, especially on the team's darker-skinned players, such as highlight-reel centerfielder and Yankees prospect Tito Polo.

The home jersey is less striking with the same color scheme on a white jersey with yellow sleeves, but is still a good look, and both jerseys benefit from the number on the front being tucked up neatly under the team name on the left. Colombia's cap, all blue with a red "C" outlined in white, is unexceptional, but does nothing to detract from the uniform and adds a necessary splash of the third national color.

Home jersey: 60
Road jersey: 70
Cap: 55
Total: 185

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3. Australia

Australia's national colors are green and gold, chosen in 1984 to represent the national flower, the golden wattle. As a result, Australia often looks great in competition, as green and gold (or yellow) is an underutilized combination. In baseball, that is likely due to how closely associated those colors are with the Oakland A's. Indeed, the Aussies, in their green caps with yellow brims and buttons with a predominantly white capital A on the front, do look like the A's. Of course, that's not a bad thing, and the use of the stars of the southern cross on both the cap and over the heart make these uniforms uniquely Australian by echoing the national flag. Unfortunately, that flag is blue and red and clashes as a patch on the green hat and the jersey's green sleeve. Still, the yellow outline on the letters and numbers helps that charcoal jersey pop and the overall look is both unique and refined.

Home jersey: 60
Road jersey: 60
Cap: 70
Total: 190

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2. Mexico

Using the font from the 1968 Mexico City Summer Olympics (one similar to the Blue Jays' old jersey font), Mexico's cap boasts both a unique look and a unique color scheme of green and red (Italy, which shares the same stripe pattern and colors on its flag has a century-old tradition of wearing blue in competition, to its detriment). Mexico scores further points by breaking with the Majestic template to wear solid-color jerseys both home (white) and away (green), both over white pants. The home jerseys are particularly attractive, with "Mexico" in green outlined in red and the uniform number on the lower left abdomen in red outlined in green (with the latter color scheme for name and number on the back). The red number on the front recalls the Dodgers' contrast-colored front numbers, particularly on first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, but the set as a whole is unmistakably Mexico's. They get some demerits for their dark-green batting helmets, which don't match the caps or jerseys, and the red "pit stain" ventilation panels under the arms of both jerseys. Still, Mexico's uniforms have been consistently near the top of the class in the Classic and, four tournaments in, the team has a well-established visual identity rooted in the country's sporting history that is both unique and a personal favorite.

Home jersey: 70
Road jersey: 60
Cap: 70
Total: 200

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1. China

China is the best example of the Majestic template, with its national colors of red and yellow popping brilliantly out of Majestic's charcoal road jerseys, the best road set of the tournament, and looking elegant on the white home jerseys, as well. Topping everything off is a cap whose only fault is a lack of clear national identity. On its own merits, the red cap with a yellow brim and button and yellow Old English "C," sans any needless outlining or shading, is beautiful.

Home jersey: 60
Road jersey: 75
Cap: 70
Total: 205

It's a shame China got eliminated, but at least it went out in style.

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Cliff Corcoran is a Sports on Earth contributor and a regular guest analyst on the MLB Network. An editor or contributor to 13 books about baseball, including seven Baseball Prospectus annuals, he spent the last 10 seasons covering baseball for SI.com and has also written for USA Today and SB Nation, among others.