Another sweeping change is coming for the Miami Marlins, and it’s a change that the fanbase has been clamoring for since before the team even relocated to Little Havana. These abominations are finally being thrown away...about seven years later than they should have:
The controversy behind the outgoing color scheme and uniforms started while the stadium was still being constructed. The 3D renderings of Marlins Park were beautiful, except for one thing—the seats were a solid blue, and the iconic teal that the Marlins became known for was nowhere to be seen.
In the eyes of former owner Jeffrey Loria, moving into Miami was the perfect excuse to rebrand. They wanted a more flashy and vibrant look.
However, it proved to be a severe over-correction. Fans hated it, yearning for the days of teal, black, and silver. The new colors screamed of the “look at me” desperation that you’d expect from a Triple-A team, rather than a franchise with two recent World Series titles.
When Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman took over a year ago, the first thing a lot of fans wanted—besides a better crop of players—was a do-over. Teal throwbacks used to honor the Marlins 25th anniversary were wildly popular, and they’ll be returning for one weekend next season.
Although that’s not the direction they chose to go in, it does appear that they are using a lighter shade of blue than they did from 2012-2018. The Marlins will emphasize it heavily on at least one version of the 2019 uniforms.
11.15 #OurColores pic.twitter.com/2XgSnIAssB— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 10, 2018
As teased by the official Marlins Twitter account recently, Fish Stripes can confirm that blue, black and red are the new primary colors, along with a silver accent.
11.15 #OurColores pic.twitter.com/8sNC949xav— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 12, 2018
This is a welcome change from the “rainbow” selection the Fish have had since 2012. To me, a team based in Miami should be flashy, but there’s a fine line between that and downright embarrassing. The old uniforms looked like someone puked up every color from the color wheel and turned it into a uniform. It didn’t feel reflective of this community.
If you need an example of how to nail this aesthetic, look no further than 20 minutes up the road. The Miami Heat released their new edition of the Vice Nights uniforms last week to overwhelmingly favorable reviews. They’re sleek, and only focus on three colors, rather than a whole bunch of them.
#ViceNights Debut + #INDvsMIA tips off right now! pic.twitter.com/oQ0Y5y3mM7— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) November 10, 2018
Based on what we have seen so far, the Marlins may have found that middle ground between too boring and trying too hard.
The city of Miami is known for its vibrance, and the designs for the Marlins should follow suit without being tacky. By consulting his smart executive team and local constituents, Jeter is aiming for the genuine connection that Loria never had. Come November 15, I think most fans will get what they’ve wanted out of the rebrand.