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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 MLB.com 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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Comments

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:00 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

What any team changing their image should do is put out about a dozen new logos/unis and have the fans vote in their favorite, round by round, American Idol style. Fans would love being a part of it and the organization would have clean hands if anyone complained because they could say it was the people's choice. Everybody wins.



Since: Nov 1, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:40 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Miami Marlins team colors....the freakin' rainbow



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:17 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The M Marlins logo on that hat may be the worst in all of sports.



Since: Feb 27, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:05 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Something is wrong when your orange option is your best one.



Since: Sep 8, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:51 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Haters gonna hate...

Uniforms will look much better with Albert here....Reyes....Hanley...Stanton..

Morrison...Sanchez...

I see the stadium picking up my son every weekend. This place is amazing! Finally we have something near the city with public transportation to and from like every other park in the country. Metro rail..metro mover..Tri Rail..Bus..These are the things our old stadium had NONE of..This is Not a football stadium way out on the turnpike near the everglades.

 Just like the Orange Bowl it will be packed... 



Since: Feb 4, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Very Nice and excellent uniforms.Cool



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Can = care is not a typo... a typo would be putting an m instead of n. You just plain put the wrong word. Not surprising your southern intelligence leaks through.



Since: Jun 8, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:34 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The final uniform is, dare I say, much better than the sum of its parts and actually, well, good.

Gone are the days of one uniform and it sucks.  It's all about merchadising now and how do they plan to market these new uni's? Buy one for 99 cents, get the second for a penny? Come on. Miami is Unique, exotic, hot, sexy, rough, and old. Maybe it is in part with the Miami gang unit to decrease crime since no gangster would ever be caught sporting that flourecent orange hat to commit a crime or to look tough on his turf.  The souvenier booths will have the opening day stock of merchandise to sell on the last day of the season.  The concept of design is to get peope to buy, not cringe. 2012 for the Marlins would be significant if they could take the NL East and the only way to do that is to generate the money to buy a couple agents and have them proudly wear the uniforms. Flourescnet orange? What were they thinking?




Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:30 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

UNIFORM -----> "FAIL'



Since: Apr 1, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:29 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

HATED IT!!!



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