November 11, 2011
The next chapter of Major League Baseball in south Florida is underway. The Florida Marlins, who joined MLB in 1993 and have two World Series championships (1997 and 2003) to their credit as such, officially announced their name change to the Miami Marlins during an unveiling at the New Marlins Ballpark on Friday night.
The change coincides with the opening of the new ballpark, which is set to host its first regular season game in April. And to help complete the transformation, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria also officially unveiled their new logo and new uniforms.
After a quick introductory video package, Loria revealed the new logo before symbolically tossing an old Florida hat into the crowd. He then confirmed the new color scheme and revealed the primary home and road jerseys will both include the word Miami across the front, and separate all black and all orange jersey be included in the rotation.
The orange jersey will feature Marlins across the front.
Leaked images of the new look over the past few weeks were met with mixed reviews. And by mixed I mean a division between "what were they thinking" and "what the (redacted) were they thinking". Now that we've seen them on full display (below), I don't know that too many opinions will be swayed to the positive side.
I'll just say I still prefer the look they're leaving behind. Though I'm sure the bottom line for Marlins fans — if you're indeed out there — isn't how the new uniforms look, but rather which key free agent(s) dons them in 2012. More on that in the coming days and weeks.
Also, in addition to the unveiling, the event also featured rapper Pitbull performing a few of his musical numbers. That appeared to be a big hit with the small percentage of the audience that knew or cared who he was.
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