MLB released Spring Training logos earlier this fall with team logos printed near the bottom. Instagram account marlinsnetwork shared an updated image Tuesday night that allegedly shows the new logos:
The logo is not scheduled to be officially unveiled by the Marlins until November.
Andy Slater previously mentioned that it would feature more blue than the existing logo, a new font for the “M” and an “adjusted” look to the marlin. This checks all of those boxes.
However, this is but one of at least four designs being considered before the Fish submit to Major League Baseball for approval, Craig Mish explained late Wednesday morning.
Several options are being CONSIDERED for the Marlins new logo as @AndySlater reported. One was also posted on IG. MLB must approve 1st. Nothing official.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) October 17, 2018
Pick a winner. @5ReasonsSports @SwingsAndMishes pic.twitter.com/SPkz2MseZB
In 2018, the Marlins began phasing orange out of their color scheme, removing it from their regular season uniform rotation. All of these proposals would be consistent with that trend, changing the left/right borders on the Spring Training logo to either blue or red.
Initial reactions to the marlinsnetwork post were mixed. There’s general approval of the color choice, but criticism of the design itself. The team logo is not in high resolution—zooming in causes it to pixelate. The quality is slightly better on Mish’s versions, so we’ll be interested to see how fans respond to the finer details of those designs.
It is fairly common in the sports world for logo “prototypes” to get out for exactly this purpose: gauging public sentiment.
Chris Creamer of SportsLogos.net did a side-by-side comparison of how the logo has evolved over the franchise’s 26-year history:
In case you missed it, the leak occurred within 12 hours of a completed Víctor Víctor Mesa-related trade and Miami-Dade county granting the Marlins permission to relocate their home run sculpture. On a day when both MLB Championship Series were in action, a 98-loss team somehow dominated the news cycle.