The Florida Marlins' season is nearly over.
Yet with the recent news that they will officially be renamed the Miami Marlins as they move to a new stadium on Nov. 11, several versions of a new, multicolored logo—rumored to be the Marlins' new insignia—were circulating on the web Tuesday night.
Though Marlins president David Samson refused to comment on the logo, the new uniforms and logo will be announced "during a ceremony at the [new] retractable-roof ballpark now more than 80 percent complete in Little Havana," according to the Sun Sentinel.
The supposed logo was generating considerable discussion on Twitter and other Internet sites, the majority of it thumbs down. Early returns on Sports Biz with Darren Rovell on CNBC, 88.4 percent say it’s either bad (38 percent) or horrendous (50.4 percent). Only 1 percent say it’s great.
I can't say that I disagree. Though I dig the abstract marlin, the colors are somewhat nausea inducing and the stylized "M" reminds fans of some mix of "cartoonish raised eyebrows," "an upside down W Hotel logo," and the crest on a new marine superhero's cape.
Needless to say, it's pretty bad.
But the Marlins would be far from the first National League team to sport a ridiculous logo. Here's the worst logo in the history of each current NL franchise.
(All logos courtesy of Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net.)
Yes, the D'backs have won a World Series title using this logo, and I get the nod to Native American culture in the design.
But, these colors would be more at home on the logo of a posh golf club or health club/spa.
You thought the Tomahawk Chop was bad...
Not only is this logo incredibly racist, but who's the design genius who forgot to keep the fonts consistent between "Atlanta" (in all caps and block letters) and "Braves" (cursive with lowercase letters)?
Since when was a walrus the Cubs' mascot?
But, honestly folks, does this bear cub have a Brian Wilson-style beard? How does this pass for a Cub?
It's kind of cool that the Reds logo has remained largely the same—or at least stuck to the same motif—for the last 100 years or so.
But in 1936, they changed to this one.
"Hmmm, how can we really help the Reds brand this season?"
"By Jove, I think I've got it! Make the Reds logo blue!"
OK, so this is the only logo the Rockies have had since their inaugural season in 1993.
I've never been crazy about the purple, but it's their brand and it's their legacy and their fan base loves it.
This logo, a slight variation on the one on the introductory slide, has the same logo with different colors.
I think I like this one a bit better, but it still looks more like the logo for a spa or health club than a professional baseball team.
OK, Houston people. I get it. The Astrodome was the eighth wonder of the world.
Now, it's a parking lot.
The thing about this logo I do like is the oh-so-'60s astrophysics tinge with the baseball particles rotating around the Astrodome nucleus. Very clever.
OK, there really doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason surrounding this logo, but it's iconic. The club has used the logo since it moved to Los Angeles in 1958, so the Dodgers get extra points for consistency.
OK, what in the hell is this?
A beer barrelman?
Oh, of course, because everyone know what those are...
In this alternate logo, Mr. Met looks a bit like he dropped some acid before coming out to the ballpark.
"Well, hello there, little 18th-century lady. I see you enjoy baseball, too."
This is creepy beyond belief, even by Philadelphia standards. (I kid, I kid.)
Ok, I realize this was in use about 60 years ago, but this pirate looks straight out of Treasure Island, which was written in, like, the 1500s. (OK, it was 1883, but still.)
Art has come a long way since the 1500s.
I get it, San Diego. You're a naval headquarters, hence the camouflage, and goodness knows we support the troops with all our might.
But this looks like a garbled message from SD-6 in Alias that needs to be decoded.
As the great Adrian Cronauer joked in Good Morning, Vietnam:
"You know, this whole camouflage thing for me doesn't work very well. ... Because you go into the jungle, I can't see you! You know, its like wearing stripes and plaid! For me, I want to do something different. You know, if you go in the jungle, make a statement! If you're going to fight, clash!
I'm nitpicking a bit here, but since when do major leaguers play with a bright orange softball?
OK, what is the white thing underneath the happy-looking cardinals? Did they have Mexican food for breakfast?
"Hey there, republican fan base! I'd like to welcome everyone to George W. Bush Re-election Campaign Night at Natinals Stadium!"