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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: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 8:02 am

wait and see!

The bottom line is they'll look fantastic if one of them is on the back of Pujols or Fielder!

Since: Nov 18, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:56 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

And to think they actually hired some agency to come up with a design for these costumes; er uniforms, then a front office made the decision to purchase them. Did these people forget that they are a MAJOR LEAGUE baseball team playing in Miami? They will also travel all across America, and sometimes into Canada, enduring comments from opposing team's fans about these hideous unis...It's hard enough dealing with the everyday distractions of facing a major league pitcher throwing a 100 mph fastball within inches of your body and diving after screaming groundballs, linedrives, deep flyballs, and pressure packed pitches against some of the best batters in the world; but now this, too? Why add something that is so obviously going to cause a problem? It just doesn't make good business sense.

Since: Nov 20, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:42 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

" I am Mango!" I don't know what to say about this garish, flaming new look. A Marlin's fan since their inception, I will probably attend a few games, albeit outfitted in the Florida Marlins gear.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:36 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Oh my god... someone in this thread thought the orange was tolerable. Are you are f'n high? That's worse than the Seattle Seahawks' alternate lime green jersey or whatever. This makes the Vols' all orange uniforms look terrific. Thank god Toronto will save the day in a few days and bring back their uniforms from the early 90's World Series run. It might just neutralize this catastrophy. Not sure why the Marlins are trying to look like the Dolphins, unless their goal is to finish wayyy out of first.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:32 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

These new uniforms are hideous

Since: May 26, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:13 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Note to the front office... When looking for ideas to get a new uniform design, you do not go digging in Ricky Martin's closet. Please, try again!

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:07 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

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? 
I actually think the orange jersey is actually the most tolerable. However, you are absolutely right about it being odd that it's the only jersey that has "Marlins" on it. The consensus is usually that the team nickname is across the chest when at home, and the city that the team represents across the chest when on the road. They may want to consider putting "Marlins" on the strictly home white jersey. That may show that whoever dreamt up these nightmare uniforms at least some idea of what the hell they were doing.

Since: May 24, 2010
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:17 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

These look like the damn t-shirts they had in 2009 at the Ft. Lauderdale Swapshop where even Canadian tourists were turning down the Haitian vendors who were trying to sucker them in by lowering the price to 4 for $10.  Can you imagine Albert wouldn't be "Fat Albert" anymore, he would be Albert "The Orange Popsicle" or "The Orange Push-Pop" Pujols.  Then again the Dolphins also have those orange uni's but at least those look decent, these...ouch!

Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:42 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

Bad. Just....bad.

Since: Jan 5, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:35 am

Marlins unveil new name, logo, colors, uniforms

The orange uniform is the one that seems a bit of an eye sore.  I would have to see it on a player to make final judgement though.  There have been some pretty guady uniforms in the past from other teams that worked out to a semi classic look after some time so maybe it will work out.   The biggest thing I have against the orange is the old team colors made me think of water which made me think of fish which lined up with Marlins, orange just doesn't work with that.

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