Miami Marlins: Five Fan-Made Logos Better Than the New Logo
The Marlins are expected to unveil at least a variation of this logo on November 11th, 2011
The Marlins are expected to have a big day on Friday, as this will be when the team makes its official makeover and transition into the Miami Marlins. The ballclub will have a new logo, new uniform, new color scheme, and a new name.
While the team is already in rare spender mode as part of being in their own ballpark (and not a renter at Sun Life Stadium), this is expected to be the first big phase of the offseason. It's one that will have plenty more in the way of free-agent signings and trades the team would have normally not done in the past.
But the Marlins are getting negative reactions based on "leaked" designs, which began back in mid-September with the rainbow "M" logo featuring a sliced Marlin in a orange and sky blue scheme.
This logo is expected to be part of the Marlins in some fashion, but whether the colors are part of the equation remains to be seen. This logo was seen on side of seats at the new ballpark, but instead in a white silhouette on a dark blue backdrop.
There have been some rumors that the Marlins will have a variation of cap insignias, one with the "M" and the Marlins and one with the "M" only. Also the Marlins have to unveil the official club logo, one that has not been leaked whatsoever and that usually features the team name within it.
Without further ado, lets see five fan-made logos better than the Marlins new logo:
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Old School with Subtle Changes
To start off, how about we dip into the current state of the Marlins mess with their logos.
These logos have been on fan boards for a while now and feature the same classic Florida Marlins design but with a twist of laziness in it. If our front office were in that state of mind, this would be exactly what you would see on November 11th.
Nevertheless, these logos, one featuring the team logo (right) and cap logo (left) have a interesting mix of teal, orange, and black. But I'm pretty sure the Marlins are a bit tired with that color scheme, which they got enough of at Sun Life Stadium for 19 seasons.
However, the logo featured here is for the most part better and features a prominent Marlin with a face. In this particular design, you can easily say the marlin is jumping over a "M" sculpture and back down into the water.
Improved Blue and Orange Scheme
The principle "leaked" logo has gotten a mostly bad rap because of the vibrant colors it features—yellow, orange, and sky blue. Many have attributed it to a rainbow, and that there might as well be a rainbow behind it, which was to this design, made by a fan.
I found this logo among the many fan-made logos and figured it was hands down better than the mess of the leaked one. Look, your seats are dark blue, not sky blue and last time I checked, Marlins don't fly, they swim in the deepest and darkest waters.
I can see why you'd want to use orange so I'm okay with it. Some Marlins have a streak of orange and hey, orange offers a change of pace from the black and teal combo of the Florida Marlins.
Yellow, I really don't know why it's even in the conversation, it's like they looked back on the original orange and sky blue scheme, held a banana in their hands and screamed "Eureka!"
A Marlin with Detail
This logo was made by Derek Gordon, one of my Twitter followers. I like this logo because the "M" is simplified and the Marlin is more detailed, which essentially gives it a face. The leaked logo, and I'll say it again, looks like it was sliced open in the air as it jumped out of the water.
While the M is a bit too 2-D for my taste, I prefer it over the mess of the new logo. If the "M" in this particular logo was 3-D, I believe you have a very good logo the Marlins could use, because it also features the same color throughout, but in contrasting shades of blue.
Make the Plurality of the Marlins Stand out in Style
This of course was my take on how the Marlins logo should be. Never mind the "Miami Marlins" script on the top that if you haven't already noticed is in "Miami Vice" font. The main "M" is from Megamind, but what I wanted to emphasize here was that M and the Marlin(s) be featured in way that made sense.
The "M" in this logo rises from the water, almost like a sculpture with a reflection glaring at it from the bottom, as you can see by the contrasting blue and metallic color scheme. The pair of Marlins dive up from under and create a splash at the bottom of each leg of "M."
In the new logo, the Marlin is coming from the side of the M, almost as if it teleported there. I mean, where is it coming from? It makes no sense, and that's why I felt this logo was much better than the new logo, because it is essentially that of a magic show featuring sea creatures.
A Terrifying Marlin + a Towering "M" Equals Scary
This logo in particular is my personal favorite, which is why it is last on the slideshow. It features the fin of a Marlin swimming adjacent an empowering "M," which unlike the previous renditions is in lower case.
I love the fin because even though we aren't the Miami Sharks or Dolphins for that matter, the fin adds a layer of scariness because as an opponent, you don't know what you're going to get, which in a way reminds us of the current state of the Marlins.
This logo would outright supplant the new logo because like I mentioned in the previous slide, the "M" and the Marlin are coexisting—even if most of its body is underwater and out of view—and it's not as if the Marlin was slapped on to the design just to be there.
It's shame that we won't get this logo because it sure makes me happy, as well as many others who have told me the same thing.