Name change: They’re the Miami Marlins now

Hanley Ramirez emerged from the back of the stage, wearing a

grin and a new uniform, arms raised as he basked in the first

applause for a Miami Marlin.

The franchise founded in 1993 as the Florida Marlins officially

changed its name Friday night in a ceremony at the team’s new

ballpark. The Marlins also unveiled a new logo, new uniforms and

new colors – orange, blue, black and yellow.

The changes emphasize the team’s move from a suburban

multipurpose stadium, where attendance was poor, to a cozier

ballpark near downtown where crowds of more than 30,000 are

expected for every game next season.

”If our ballpark could speak, its first words would be, `Hola,

Miami,”’ owner Jeffrey Loria told 500 guests seated along the

third-base line.

They wore hard hats because the ballpark isn’t quite complete,

but a large video scoreboard was up and running to show franchise

highlights and the new logo. It’s a block M with a sleek marlin

curled above it.

Ramirez’s uniform was mostly white. Josh Johnson modeled a black

jersey with white pants, and Ricky Nolasco was next with an orange

jersey and white pants.

When asked who was behind the design decisions, art dealer Loria

said, ”Most of it was me.” He chose the colors mindful of the

ocean and South Florida’s sunsets, he said.

A concert by Miami native Pitbull capped the ceremony. At 11

p.m. on 11/11/11, long lines formed when the Marlins began selling

new T-shirts, jerseys, caps and other accessories.