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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, 2007
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:43 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Agree. I liked the old unis and team name better.

Since: Nov 13, 2011
Posted on: November 13, 2011 12:18 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Does this mean the "Billy the Marlin" mascot is going multi-colored as well? Why isn't that pathetic Marlin over the "M" on the orange uniform? Kind of defeats the purpose of a logo - doesn't it? You never see the dolphin outside the ring of fire on the Dolphin's uniforms.

Since: Feb 9, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:50 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

I haven't read through all of them so someone may have posted this already but here goes.  The old Houston Astros and Pirates uni's from the 70's and 80's may now be considered #'s 2 and 3 ugliest of all time.  That neon-hunter-orange thing is just hideous!!!  The yellow and sky blue are the cherries on top of that crap sundae!!!  GARBAGE!!!

Since: Nov 23, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:37 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

What is their warm up uni?
 The technicolor dream coat? 
that orange rainbow brigade hat is the worst part of this cornicopia of color.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:32 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

One more thing...I coach youth baseball, and I am sure that MLB will want to promote the new look Marlins as much as possible by including these horrendous hats and jerseys in their standard packages to leagues.  God help the kids and coaches who will get stuck with these duds.

Since: Jun 3, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 11:29 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The original Marlins uniforms were hideous.  The most recent incarnations were barely major league.  These are absolutely hideous once again.  The M looks terrible, the color scheme does not work at all, and even great ballplayers like ramirez, or, if they get them, Pujols and Reyes, will look clownish in these uniforms.  Not quite as horrible as many of the college football disasters of late, but it comes close.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 9:04 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Miami Marlins Chasing Miami Heat Gear

It is pretty clear that the Marlins are chasing the popularity of Wade and Lebron by changing the name from Florida to Miami and using red and black as key uniform colours. The Heat use red, yellow, white and black, so the Marlins are using yellow, red-orange with a touch of blue on white, red and black jerseys. The Heat have a small up-spike of flame off the name and the Marlins use a small Marlin spiking up. Check out the white and black Heat jerseys and compare them to the new Marlins' stuff. Also, Miami is hip, Florida is not. They will need more bucks from marketing gear to pay Pujols and other FA's.

Since: Jan 6, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:23 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

ya know, I could handle the new name, it works. I could handle the logo, for the most part, not bad. My problem is the multicolored M on the logo. I think they should have kept it simple, using just the orange accent, it doesnt need the other colors, I mean, really.

Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:58 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Y_U_C_K   ! ! !

Since: Nov 12, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:48 pm

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

One word to explain Miami Marlins uniforms: TERRIBLE. 

Of the 1,000 choices they had to choose from, there was a selection board that said "oh guys THESE are THE ONES!" 

In my opinion, following lots of baseball through the years, this uniform ranks above the rainbow horizontal print Astros as worst ever. 

When you go fishing and you pull a hideous looking fish out of the water your fishing pal would say "Dude, throw that one back in the water."  That is exactly what we have here...Dude throw that one back in. Surprised Not wearing it. 

As for corporate reasons: new change brings new uniforms, why change an already cool black-teal-white set of Marlins outfits?  The black alternate is about all that looks remotely close to something I'd wear.  Won't see that worn until Sunday or night games.

New style things in the baseball fashion industry is usually well represented by shoppers of all ages.  I am finding it very hard to believe the American baseball fan base will "rush" out to purchase a $35 orange fitted Miami Marlins baseball cap. 

In summary, could've been better, a lot better. 

Sorry Miami fans, while you must cheer on your team in uniform murder misery, I will still watch your games yet find it necessary to adjust my TV screen brightness setting to negative 20.  

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