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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: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:25 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Well it does have a very old school florida feel.  Not a good thing at first glance, but they are starting to grow on me.  When I first looked at these I thought neon pink house with neon green lighted palm trees.  I just scrolled back up and did not think they were so bad. The innitial shock of the colors made it much worse.  They are still not my favorite, but at least they are trying to be different.  

Since: Sep 1, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:34 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The only thing impressive about these uniforms is how someone managed to make them so LOUD, and yet so incredibly boring - at the same time.

Is it too late to get an UGGLA jersey? Because that's definitely what these are...

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:13 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Not sure why everyone is hating on the logo. If you are, your either just a hater or have never been to Florida and in particular Miami. Miami is bold and full of color as an area, just like this logo. It's something that some may not like now, but it will grow on them.I think it suits the stadium as well that doubles as a giant fish It's also cool because it's different. A lot of people thought the original Marlins logo was ugly when they came, same as the Rays, same as the Rockies... they grow on you.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:55 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

I think the idea behind creating a new identity for yourself and moving into a new stadium is to create new colors for your team. The gray is not the problem because MLB mandates you must wear gray on the road, no problem there. The home whites aren't the problem either because once again MLB mandates you must wear white at home.  The third jersey of black is what most teams are going with now (different third jersey colors according to the team). The issue I have is the Orange Jersey. First off, it's the only jersey with Marlins written on it and the other three have Miami written on it. What's up with that?  The orange jersey makes me think of the Miami Hurricanes or the Miami Dolphins third jersey. I am not thinking of the Miami Marlins when I see them wearing that particular jersey. The color is wrong for them. If they are going to have a fourth jersey in this case go with a different color that seperates you from the other Miami teams. Perhaps a soft blue, or baby or powder blue to match the constant blue skies of Miami. Just a thought.

Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:46 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Knowing for a couple of years they were moving to Miami and becoming the Miami Marlins and that's the best they can come up with? Not going to attract free agents like that.

Since: Jul 3, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:46 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

trying to sign Pujo and bringing in the crappy logo.....what in the heck are they thinking?  CAN THE LOGO AND GO BACK TO THE OLD LOGO.....keep the new uniforms just bring back the logo and Pujo will sign with Miami.....for the $30 million he deserves just like Arud

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:43 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Those are some butt-ugly jerseys

Since: Jul 28, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:32 am
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Since: Nov 14, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:53 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Well stated, . I wonder if the four, die-hard "Florida" fans will start rioting over the name change. Perhaps, the rest of Miami will finally figure out they have a team, much like their Tampa Bay counterparts, and start painting their hair exotic colors.  Sound familiar Rays?

Since: Oct 31, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 2:23 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The orange one is terrible. The others arent that bad really. I usually had new unform designs but this isnt too bad. I would have made the lettering a bit smaller

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