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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