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.
Great group pic.twitter.com/J6WXC6EVk5— Marlins_Man (@marlins_man) May 24, 2021
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.
These aren't as bad as the Marlins Man orange versions, but they're close. Good riddance.
These seem like they could be found floating around a TJ Maxx as we speak. If so, I'd drop the $17.99.
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.
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.
It is Wednesday, our dudes.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) November 28, 2018
It’s wallpaper time! (Sized for your phone a n d desktop.) pic.twitter.com/DmJu8QkRLI
These need to be in rotation. Maybe every Sunday.
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.
Maybe it's the nostalgia, but the vest and the font hold a special place in our hearts.
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.
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.