Miami Marlins is a professional baseball club from the USA, which has been playing at MLB since 2000. Included in the East Division NL structure and located in Miami, Florida, formed in 1993.
Although the team’s founding time is considered the 93rd year, it appeared earlier in the 1991th. And in 1993, she first appeared in the National League, which served as a fact of official witnessing the date of her appearance on the baseball arena. Founder of the Wayne Huizenga team, CEO of Blockbuster Entertainment Corporation. He received the club as an expansion franchise for $ 95 million.
In 1998, the entrepreneur sold the team to John W. Henry, who controlled it until 2002, inclusive. Then Miami Marlins became the property of Jeffrey Loria. A few years later (in 2018), he concluded a franchise transfer deal to a group of individuals – Bruce Sherman, Michael Jordan, and Derek Jeter. They are still its owners.
The name Marlins appeared at the club immediately. This is an old name from the Minor League. It is a historical reference to the International League basics, from the 1950s, and is associated with popular fish. Even after the rebranding of the team, it did not change even after Wayne Huizenga intended to use a different style and color – pink flamingo at the start of her career. Major League insisted on the image of marlin, offering a proprietary palette.
Meaning and History
No matter how many times the logo was revised, the colors and main elements always remained the same, revolving around the ocean dweller’s silvery hue. At the end of 2011, a large “M” appeared in the graphic symbolism, and black details disappeared. In the 2012-2016 version, the word “MIAMI” was already present, executed in dark letters of the same size, sans serifs.
The Miami Marlins team is relatively young since it appeared in 1993. Marlins said it was no coincidence that they chose these colors for the logo, as they symbolize Florida’s cultural diversity. The same style of drawing and font was previously found in Latin American culture, as well as in minor league teams in the 50s of the last century. Jeter, the team’s CEO, also participated in the development of the logo. “We tried to catch the diversity of the Miami region,” he said in an interview. “We listened to the opinions of our fans, and it took us a long time to make the perfect multicultural logo.”
1993 – 2011
Until 2011, the team was called the Florida Marlins. Their first logo consisted of a mackerel swimming through a silver circle with the inscription “Florida Marlins.” In the background, you can see a classic white baseball ball. The logo presentation took place in July 1991.
2012 – 2016
The new name for the team is Miami Marlins. This version of the logo was introduced in November 2011 and consisted mainly of a stylized printed letter “M.” As mentioned earlier, four colors were immediately used for the letter: orange, yellow, black, and blue. Also, the shape of a blue-orange fish “jumps out” of the letter. Under the letter, “M” is the word “Miami” in classic black block letters.
2017 – 2018
The third logo made only minor changes. The colors were bright, and the black was removed. Also, the word “Marlins” was completely removed from the logo.
2019 – Present
According to Jeffrey Loria, a former franchise owner, the current logo reflects Miami’s main palette – the colors of sunset and the ocean. It is orange, turquoise blue, yellow, red, and black, like dark southern nights. Although in fact, the choice in their favor was made because of the diversity of national cultures that filled Florida in the 90s. They also influenced typography, which has something in common with Latin American traditions.
When changing the logo, the Jeter CEO, who took part in its creation, noted that they wanted to convey Miami’s energy and diversity. We listened to the opinion of the fans, reviewed color accents, and much more. As a result, a large marlin is drawn in a high jump over the MIAMI against a white baseball; the red line looks like a path made by a majestically rare fish.
One fin is completely blue with a silvery sheen; the other is blue with wide black trim. The marlin’s body is dark, with a red glow in the form of a short strip. A sharp nose, one fin, and tail are circled in blue. The inscription designating the team’s name is made black with a double line along the outer edge: one blue, the other red, like a reflection of the rays of the rising sun.
The Miami Marlins team logos are a reflection of the Atlantic expanses and depths. They convey the proximity of the ocean, as well as the type of sports activity: they include marlin, a basketball, the name of the franchise. All elements are equal from the very beginning. In total, the team had four logos with the image of a fast-moving fish.
The ray-finned family representative has a long dorsal fin, a pear-shaped head, and a powerful elongated body. This “super fish” is formidable, strong, impetuous, capable of speeds up to 110 kilometers per hour. Marlin seems to be jumping out of the water against the background of a baseball, which is guessed in the formed contour. Below, at the level of the tail, is the italic name of the club.
Font and Colors
When the franchise was called the Florida Marlins, the logo used the classic serif typeface at the end of the letters. Then came the chopped grotesque – austere, smooth, sans serif. There is a handwritten font with a slight tilt to the right – semi-connected, with streamlined characters and smooth transitions in the modern version.
The team’s management pays great attention to colors, so they accurately worked out the Miami coast sun’s shades. The color scheme includes Midnight Black, Miami Blue, Caliente Red, and Slate Gray on a white background. They are harmoniously combined in the highlights of the letters and the dark body of the powerful marlin. Moreover, the image of the fish contains each of these colors.