Miami Marlins: Analyzing and Grading Each Uniform Combo
The Miami Marlins introduced their new uniforms Friday night in an anticipated event that saw the franchise transition from the Florida Marlins. The Marlins are expected to debut their four combos next season whereas players in the Arizona Fall League have already begun rocking them for game action.
In reviewing Friday's Marlins party, I felt that the stage was rather small and the show rushed. What happened to having a runway and letting the feeling sink in on one particular uniform combo versus throwing it all on us in less than a few minutes?
The Pitbull concert lasted longer than the introduction and fashion show of the Miami Marlins, and I felt it should have been reversed. After debuting the uniforms, why stay for the concert that sounded and felt awful after Pitbull was at an awards show the night before in Las Vegas?
Also, I hated the fact the event was streamed online when you can encounter slow and shaky quality, which was the case last night when I tried to juggle a live blog and a video at the same time.
Regardless, it's time to rate the uniforms the Marlins have on. I'll be honest—seeing all the mock-ups and leaks, I felt the Marlins were headed for a disaster, but I've grown to love them, some of them that is.
White Home Uniform
Analysis: The white home uniform is by far my favorite. The assortment of bright colors and the black "Miami" script flow real well. It marks change for the Marlins who wore pinstripe home uniforms. But the absence of pinstripes gave me the impression that some players were out of shape. Maybe it was the lighting or the fact that "Megatron" Mike Stanton was not at the show (in Europe).
I'm glad that these will be the uniforms worn for the majority of season, perhaps alongside the black uniforms.
They do say Miami on them when they should say "Marlins," but I love that the franchise is embracing its new name and identity in this fashion. We know they are the Marlins, especially with those colors.
Final Grade: A-
Gray Road Uniform
Analysis: The road jersey was rather disappointing. I would have wanted the same black "Miami" script on it because, as you see, the jersey sports a black wraparound stripe on its sleeves. The white looks very bland and messes up the combo as a whole.
We might see this combo worn at least 40 to 50 times throughout the season, but I hope it's less than that because I'm not feeling this combo at all.
Final Grade: C+
Black Alternate Uniform
Analysis: Judging by the photo, chicks dig not only Logan Morrison but also the new Miami Marlins uniform. To start off, I love that the Marlins kept their black alternate uniforms. It was a fan favorite and put them among the handful of franchises to don the black.
The colorful assortment is evident here as the orange screams off the picture, but the yellow is the white elephant in the room. Black with orange and even blue are okay to me, but the yellow turns the notch down from an A grade.
The Final Grade: B+
Orange Alternate Uniform
Analysis: Don't get me wrong—I love the color orange but only in small doses. In this case, orange is a mess. First off, the white "Marlins" script does not match with the orange top. At all. In my opinion, the orange top remind me of a construction vest. We are going to be seeing the Marlins as human hazard cones (word is every Sunday home game).
The white script is akin to the fluorescent stripes on a construction vest and should have been a black script regardless if it was meant to match the design of the San Francisco Giants' orange uniform combo.
Speaking of which, this was the same Marlins team who criticized Giants closer Brian Wilson for wearing orange cleats during a game in 2010, and he got fined as a result. This orange uniform will be an eyesore for players and fans alike. I might have to adjust the color on my TV just for when they decide to wear this combo.
This combo will be worn with an orange cap, which adds to the theme of human hazard cone. The Marlins still have the construction spirit in them. It makes for a perfect uniform if they decide to rebuild in the future, and should be the go-to combo.
Final Grade: D
I've grown to admire the Marlins' new identity. At first it was a complete 180 from the Florida Marlins, but it's a signal that the franchise is changing and I hope it will in more ways than one.
As for the logo, I've also grown to love it as well, but I'm not feeling the yellow and felt that was overdoing the intended message of change. Yes, we live in a Sunshine State with beautiful beaches and scenic skies, but we are not the Miami Sunshine. Our counterpart Rays have taken on that statement in a way. Marlins don't fly or thrive in the sky, so I don't know why yellow needed to be in there.
Nevertheless, I'm glad to actually have the Miami Marlins. This was a long time coming and is a moment we as fans thought was never going to happen around six years ago.
Overall Grade: B
The colors are part of Miami culture. They are South Beach even though the team is in Little Havana, around five miles from the beaches. I'm sure Loria and company will tweak the uniforms down the road in a few years; every modern team does.