Death To Black Alternate Jerseys: Florida Marlins

Outside of the very rare time when black is actually a significant part of a team’s color scheme (the Chicago White Sox, and to a lesser extent, the Pittsburgh Pirates, who still have no excuse for not bringing back a yellow jersey), the use of the black alternate jersey just screams laziness on the part of the uniform designers. In what way does a black jersey bring out the character of the team? Answer: in no way does a black jersey bring out the character of a team.

My first target is the black uniforms worn by the Florida Marlins, seen here courtesy of Sportslogos.net:

Weak. Lame. Boring. For a team that showed so much promise with that wacky teal color (I love these hats), I just find it remarkably unimaginative and low-risk to use a black alternate uniform. Instead, I propose the following:

A very simple color-swap. The hat choice is negotiable: I’d be fine with using the all-black hat or the all-teal hat as well. The teal is an identifying trait of the Florida Marlins franchise, and if the team isn’t willing to showcase it, they need to go with a Rays-esque redesign, and not hide behind a character-less alternate uniform.



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Danny
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Danny

Agree that the black stinks, but the Marlins have all but ditched the teal. Can’t really be found on any of the jerseys anymore. In fact, next year they’re scrapping the current scheme all together and are rumored to be going with blue and orange. There are so many Mets fans down here already, maybe it’ll fool some of them into buying tickets.

Kirkwood
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Kirkwood

What? The Marlins black alternates are awesome, what have they ever done to you?!

Mike
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Mike

I’d rather quit than wear the hideous uniforms you’ve just proposed.

Sean
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Sean

I love black alternate uniforms. Gray is so blah. Just scrap those terrible sleeveless vest jerseys.

Teal is an alright color, but was overplayed in professional sport expansion teams in the 90s (Marlins, Rays, Mighty Ducks, Sharks, Panthers, Jaguars, Grizzlies, Hornets). Why so much teal in that decade?

futurecfo
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Insert obligatory “Leave the uniform design to women” comment.

My echo and bunnymen
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My echo and bunnymen

I have no problem with discussing uniform design as a male, but…. this is getting ridiculous. I read on yahoo about the Atlanta Hawks jerseys being “retired” and the metaphors being used left me quit tired of reading about uniform design. I read this story and truth be told at least this does a decent job of talking about the unis without referring to childish insults. But seriously I’m over uniform redesigns for quite awhile. I’d be happy to play in MLB wearing a tutu for all I care. I just love baseball and the uniform has become irrelevant.

spliff(TONE)
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spliff(TONE)

I love black uniforms. Wish the Giants would bring back the alternate black tops of the early 2000’s….

Zach Sanders
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Member

I love me some black uni’s. Shame on you for not.

WhyDoYouCare
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WhyDoYouCare

I like the black unis too. Those teal ones are, like, sooooo 1990’s.

phoenix2042
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phoenix2042

I love black jerseys. The Mets, Marlins, Jays, Orioles have some cool ones. Black uniforms look badass, but I’m sure they get hot in the summer…

Yirmiyahu
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Yirmiyahu

Has any team done all black uniforms (including pants)?

That’d be badass.

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