Club makes road uniform change for '10

Marlins make road uniform change

MIAMI -- A complete makeover will take place when the Florida Marlins move into their new ballpark in 2012.

At that time, the team name will change to the "Miami Marlins," and the club will unveil new uniforms. Even now, the organization is making some cosmetic alterations.

On Tuesday, the Marlins announced that they will be changing the team's road uniforms beginning in 2010.

The gray uniform top will now feature "Marlins" across the chest instead of "Florida." It's the first step with a look ahead to when the new ballpark opens on the Orange Bowl grounds in the Little Havana section of Miami in 2012.

The new road tops for 2010 will include a black, silver and teal Marlins script across the chest with matching names and numbers on the back. Another change is the patch of the team's "F" logo formerly located on the left sleeve will be dropped.

"This is just the first of many re-branding initiatives that will be introduced during the transition to the new ballpark in Miami," Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said. "We believe this change will better reflect the team's commitment to the South Florida community and will provide an enhanced look to the Marlins brand that fans will embrace."

Construction on the Marlins' new ballpark began last July 1, and the 37,000-seat building will have a retractable roof.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.