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Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Posted on: November 11, 2011 10:19 pm
Edited on: November 12, 2011 9:13 am
Marlins new uniforms

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Every step of the way it looked like the Marlins were poised to make some disastrous choices leading up to their announcement of new uniforms to coincide with the name change from Florida to Miami.

First it was the logo -- and that wasn't too good.

Then the hat -- another strike.

But you know what? Like David Freese, the Marlins delivered with two strikes. The final uniform is, dare I say, much better than the sum of its parts and actually, well, good.

No, it's not traditional and it's not the Yankees, Red Sox or Dodgers -- but it's not boring (looking at you Padres) or monumentally ugly (like the Mo Vaughn-era Angels or the original Rays). Nope, they're different and good -- or at least some of them are.

The actual colors are red-orange, blue and yellow.

The red-orange piping on the all white home set works well, actually giving a nice change of pace from the usual or even the overdone pinstripes. The plain gray road uni does seem to have something missing, which oddly, may be a splash of color.

I'm still not sure how the hat works on its own, or as a fan's symbol of his support. But in the context of the uniform, the black hat is fine. The team appeared to stick to just one hat -- the solid black number we'd seen before was used with all combinations of the uniform during Friday's unveiling. Some "leaked" mock-ups of the team's uniforms show all sorts of color combinations, but the black lid was worn with all the team's color combos. However, the store has this red-orange hat for sale and it's labeled as the road cap (and may help the road grays break their gray-ness):

Marlins new hat

One thing that is odd, is that the word "Miami" is on both the home and road uniforms. Usually the team name is on the home uniform and the city name on the road kit. WIth the change to Miami as the team's primary geographic locator. The red-orange alternate does have "Marlins" across the chest, while the black alternate sticks with "Miami" across the chest. I'm interested to see how often they're used, but I like the red-orange alternates much better than the black ones -- they're different, while just about every team (it seems) has a black jersey. That said, the white trim on the black road jersey looks nice.

Overall, the look fits Miami -- it's a little garish and something you won't find anywhere else, but that's how it should be. It's also not a throwback, which fits in with the futuristic looking ballpark. If the Marlins wore something more traditional while playing in the game's most forward-looking home it would be out of place. What they are wearing, for the most part, looks the part.

Of course, all that said, this monstrosity is still expected to be in center field. 

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Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:01 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The Marlins wanted to rebrand themselves as the Sharks since Teal IS a best seller. I have no idea where the author of this article gets his info, but most people would rather wear teal than look like a Sunkist soda can.

Since: Sep 30, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:00 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

And so the streak of ugly new sports uniforms continues.....

Since: Dec 31, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:52 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Im sorry. Im not under 30, nor am I rapper, so I just to honestly say that these are the UGLIEST uniforms I've ever seen, and when you outdo the Padres, and the White Sox, with the shorts and collars, that's saying something!

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:42 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

I am assuming they chose those colors to go with the same type colors as the Dolphins. They will have a color theme in Miami for their professional teams

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:31 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

I'm sorry to say it but these uniforms are ugly.  Their choice of colors is very strange and almost girly.  Still, I'm very happy for the team because they've been the underdogs each year and always find a way to compete.  With some decent free agent signings, they will continue to contend.  Yes, Miami has the least supportive fans in all sports but it's because they have tons of things to do in Miami.  The stadium looks cool so hopefully people make it out to more ball games than years past.  

Since: Nov 4, 2006
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:31 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

OMG..... What are they trying to say? "Look MA I have the Gayest uniforms on the planet" ? Go getum Boy's.

Since: Mar 2, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:28 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Those are the ugliest uniforms I have ever seen.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:20 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

And I suppose splattering these colours across the team with cover up their deficiencies. Namely their douche of an owner. Put tootoo's on them and they're still gonna suck. These uni's will get old fast and soon be compared to minor league logo's.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:06 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Stadium will be full....if they play a game seven of a playoff series. No uniforms or stadiums are going to make the worst sports fans in the country show up past maybe year one.

Since: Aug 24, 2007
Posted on: November 11, 2011 11:01 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

These changes aren't  going to draw in any more fans if the product on the field is nothing to watch.  I don't understand the name change to Miami either.  Have the Angels grown in attendance because of their switch to the Los Angels Angels of Anaheim in California?  No, I dare say not.  If they gained anything it would be due to what they were able to put between the lines.  Quality players.  Put a bunch of slouches out there, then fill your team with stars for a year and dismantle it is no way to grow a fan base.  If they don't consistently field a good team (and not trade it all away after they do well), these uniforms will be nothing more than a publicity stunt gone bad.

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