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The Definitive Ranking of Unforgettable Miami Marlins Uniforms

The new City Connect uniform embodies the swagger, vibrance, and vibe of Miami.
The new City Connect uniform embodies the swagger, vibrance, and vibe of Miami. Photo courtesy of the Miami Marlins
Last weekend, the Miami Marlins debuted their new Nike "City Connect" jerseys, an ode to the team's Latin American fans and, more specifically, the Cuban Sugar Kings, a minor-league club that played from 1954 to 1960. Fan reaction to the Marlins' new threads has been overwhelmingly positive — a rarity when it comes to alternate uniforms.

The release of the City Connect jerseys got us thinking: Are these the best alternate uniforms the Marlins have ever released? Even further, is this the best look the Miami Marlins have ever showcased on the diamond, period?

Those questions give us an opportunity to take a trip down memory lane. Let's compare the Marlins' new look to some of the other fashion choices the team has made over the years and see where it lands.
The "Marlins Man" jerseys. As far as Marlins looks go, these were a strikeout. Please, never again.

This is nothing personal against Marlins Man — a North Miami Beach lawyer described by USA Today as the team's "ubiquitous superfan" — but he factors in here. The orange jerseys he inspired are ugly, but what makes them worse is that Marlins Man loves them. No, he loves them. He literally made it what he's known for. Can't follow that.


Do you ever see anyone wearing these jerseys anymore? Anywhere? No, you don't. Because he ruined them for everyone else. And they're one of the ugliest jerseys to ever exist. Woof.
The "carnival" look. These will forever be linked to ex-owner Jeffrey Loria. They look like he hired a bad artist to paint a jersey of what he imagined Miami looks like, while on hallucinogens.

These aren't as bad as the Marlins Man orange versions, but they're close. Good riddance.
The highlighter jerseys. Remember these? I barely did. These were released in 2018. Not bad. Not the worst. Definitely not the best. Points for making a jersey that I would wear to Ultra, I guess?

These seem like they could be found floating around a TJ Maxx as we speak. If so, I'd drop the $17.99.
The Negro League jerseys. Sometimes less is more. In 2020, the Marlins wore Miami Giants throwback uniforms, paying tribute to the semipro team that played in South Florida in the 1930s.

While the look gains points for the great extreme throwback vibes, we need to deduct points for the confusing "GIANTS" on the front. There is literally an MLB team named the Giants. This would be like the Dolphins wearing alternate uniforms that said "PATRIOTS" on the front. Just odd.
The current look. The Marlins' current home whites are an excellent look. There isn't anything flashy or unique about them, which is likely what Marlins shot-caller Derek Jeter had in mind when he went to them. He is, after all, a former New York Yankee, a team known for one of the simplest uniforms in sports.

We're big fans of these, but we won't be mad if the Marlins try to improve on them.
The "All Blues." The Marlins don't wear their extremely clean all-blue uniforms often enough. These babies are sleek. The sky blue makes for a soft look that's easy on the eyes. It also plays well against the all-black hats that have the same blue-outlined font.

These need to be in rotation. Maybe every Sunday.
City Connect. The Marlins hit a home run with their newest look. The Sugar Kings-inspired threads from Nike feel like an outfit you bought early in the summer and saved for the first day of school.

They look like clothes candy. We're all about these. The uniforms are nice, but the MM king logo is what steals the show here. We don't want that logo to ever leave.
The vests. Iconic. One of the best looks the Marlins have ever run out to the diamond. The vest-style uniforms will forever be a classic Marlins look that's tough to beat.

Maybe it's the nostalgia, but the vest and the font hold a special place in our hearts.
The inaugural. These go so unnecessarily hard in the yard. Look at those guys. They're sick of your shit and are just here to smack baseballs and adjust their cups. They're so '90s baseball it hurts.

This design always felt to me like it was the winner of a middle school contest. Some kid wrote "FLORIDA" on a piece of paper, added a marlin to the F, and BOOM — free tickets to a Marlins game, complete with coupons for a Pepsi and a helmet full of ice cream.
The classics. So simple, so iconic. The long-beloved classic jerseys with "Marlins" on the front paired with all-teal caps are the best look the Marlins have ever rocked.

As much as we love "Miami" being fully repped on the Marlins' current jerseys, a huge portion of the Marlins' fanbase lives outside Dade County. Going with just "Marlins" always felt right, even if they are the Miami Marlins. This look is right for many reasons, but most of all, because it's the team's identity. 
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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.
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