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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: May 17, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

It's hideous!  Looks like a beer league softball uniform. ughhhh



Since: Nov 5, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:28 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

I will never understand how marketing people keep their jobs when they create these new uniforms in any sport.

As a Phillies fan, I would never wear any Marlins gear, but that F with the Marlin hat is one of the best in the league. Sad to see it will be gone.



Since: Oct 31, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 1:13 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

If this writer likes these new uniforms, then he has visions of sugarplum fairies dancing in his head.  These are probably the worst uniforms I have ever seen. I bet you see a lot of people wearing these in the gay pride parade down in Miami.



Since: Nov 20, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:58 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

i had to double check the calendar - i thought it might be an april fool's prank.  who approved these changes? ricky martin? the hat is somewhere between correctional custody, b-boy hip-hop and on-fire-flaming. and why the Mighty Mouse style "M"?  the jerseys look terrific... for a girl's softball team.  i hope these uniforms do NOT inspire other teams to make changes as well.  this makes me wonder about the personal lives of the front office people of the Marlins.  did J.Lo buy the Marlins too? bring back the old Marlins logo and colors, please. if this is the best you can do, stop messing around with the uniforms.  wait, this outfit looks alot like the Orioles unis, just gay-er.  if this is how it's really going to be, i hope the pants are orange too.  hell, let's go all out on this hilarious spectacle.  yeah, orange hat, orange jersey, and orange pants - hey, change the name to the Pylons!  sing it with me, "...you know you can't control yourself any longer, c'mon everybody let's do the conga!"  what a joke.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:55 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Those things are worse than most minor league unforms. Where did trhey come up with the lame color choices. Pujols would be a fool to put that eyesore on. Looks like the Cubs have an even better chance now.



Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

UGLY.  Boring.



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Those uniforms look... "FABULOUS!" <end effeminate voice>



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

too many colors in the M , looks like rainbow brite !



Since: Jul 14, 2011
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THE MARLIN A MEAN ATTITUDE LIKE THEIR MASCOT NOT A STICK FIGURE.  Trying to get THE U fan base obviously ! 



Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 12:09 pm
 

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Could you try again, but in English this time?




Can = care. Just a simple typo. Sorry you couldn't figure it out, but not surprising. lol


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