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'Tis the season where MiLB identity unveilings become a weekly occurance up until the Baseball Winter Meetings. As we know, the Lakewood Blue Claws already broke out its new brand identity package and uniforms last month (courtesy of Plan B. Branding).

The New Orleans Zephyrs will unveil its new marks tomorrow and the Richmond Name-the-Team Fiasco will end Thursday afternoon.

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Nothing that I am aware of in the Florida State League. The only thing I would keep your eyes on is the Sarasota franchise. Even though the Reds packed up shop and moved to Arizona, the Sarasota team is still property of the Reds. The Orioles are the new spring training tenant, and they plan to renovate the stadium after spring training 2010, thus leaving the stadium unavailable for any minor league team.

The only inklings I have heard involve the Pirates, assumingly moving the team just north to Bradenton, but nothing has been said past that.

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Nothing that I am aware of in the Florida State League. The only thing I would keep your eyes on is the Sarasota franchise. Even though the Reds packed up shop and moved to Arizona, the Sarasota team is still property of the Reds. The Orioles are the new spring training tenant, and they plan to renovate the stadium after spring training 2010, thus leaving the stadium unavailable for any minor league team.

The only inklings I have heard involve the Pirates, assumingly moving the team just north to Bradenton, but nothing has been said past that.

That would be awesome now that I live in Tampa if the Pirates move closer to me. I'm going to love seeing the spring training in person.

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From the Z's facebook page.

It's either the wings of the Fleur De Lis are too big, or the bat's too small - something about it just seems a little off, but then, there's no official dimensions for the FDL symbol, so that's open to interpretation.

I'm really liking the blue, and the updated wordmark that still has a nod to what has come before.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of this set.

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Nothing that I am aware of in the Florida State League. The only thing I would keep your eyes on is the Sarasota franchise. Even though the Reds packed up shop and moved to Arizona, the Sarasota team is still property of the Reds. The Orioles are the new spring training tenant, and they plan to renovate the stadium after spring training 2010, thus leaving the stadium unavailable for any minor league team.

The only inklings I have heard involve the Pirates, assumingly moving the team just north to Bradenton, but nothing has been said past that.

That would be awesome now that I live in Tampa if the Pirates move closer to me. I'm going to love seeing the spring training in person.

Well, the Pirates have always been in Bradenton, and will be for at least 20-25 more years. Thier place is pretty much the Fenway Park of the Grapefruit League, now that Dodgertown in Vero Beach is done.

If you ever get a chance, make sure to visit Bright House Field in Clearwater and Charlotte Sports Park in Port Charlotte (Southwest Florida), both places are sure the crown jewels of the Grapefruit League.

Oh yeah, don't forget to see me in Dunedin where the Jays play. :-P

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2ilblsx.jpg

From the Z's facebook page.

It's either the wings of the Fleur De Lis are too big, or the bat's too small - something about it just seems a little off, but then, there's no official dimensions for the FDL symbol, so that's open to interpretation.

I'm really liking the blue, and the updated wordmark that still has a nod to what has come before.

Looking forward to seeing the rest of this set.

It's a lot cleaner than the previous version, but I'd like to see the Z and S arched to match the rest of the word. Feels a bit awkward as it is right now.

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It's a lot cleaner than the previous version, but I'd like to see the Z and S arched to match the rest of the word. Feels a bit awkward as it is right now.

What he said. Plus, the bat seems too short; it needs to be longer to give it a better look as a fleur.

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Why is the color scheme so drab? It should be green with gold. Or green while the blue pushes more towards purple. This is New Orleans, not Snoozeville.

And I say N-O to the "NOZ" away hats.

But the new home hat logo is fairly nice.

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I want to see hats and jerseys but so far I'm disappointed.

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Bigger version of what Firefly posted.

I really like the colors, since it's different that what the other pro teams in New Orleans have currently. Then again, I like blue.

Or green while the blue pushes more towards purple.

That's what they had when they first came to NO, believe it or not. They toned down the colors a few years after that to darker shades.

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Alright! The fine folks at neworleans.com put up all the new Z's stuff! So let's have it all in one nice post.

Primary:

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Secondary:

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Wordmark (probably how it will look on the home jersey):

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Home Hat Logo (I think):

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Road Hat Logo (LOVE IT, though the more I look at it, they probably could've left it at just NO):

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Home Jersey Front:

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Home Jersey Back:

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And a verrrry tiny look at the hats (best I could grab from this video, that's home, away, and BP):

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I'm really disappointed. This is not terrible, but it's B-minus work at best, and many of the details are just wrong. Simple things like triple-outlines on cap logos with a two-color scheme. Bad, bad, bad. And if I lived in New Orleans, I'd be chomping at the bit for a ballcap with an NO logo. Instead, the Zephys offer fans a Z logo, an NOZ logo, and what looks like a BP cap with yet another Z logo. And the colors may be literally the last colors I'd name if you asked me what colors I associate with New Orleans. Well, maybe I'd name silver or blue before orange, but probably not both. Green, yellow, purple, black, brown, red -- blue and gray is just not the right choice here, unless the Zephyrs are planning to become a Yankees farm team.

The primary logo is not successfully rendered -- the too-squat bat de-emphasizes the bat while failing as a FDL. That's really one of those "how do you screw that up?" elements.

On the plus side, the number font is terrific, and the home jersey script is solid B-plus or A-minus work. I agree with those who've said they would prefer an arched Z and S, but it still works as-is.

Conceptually, this is a solid upgrade. But the execution is oddly lifeless. It's inert and carries no sense of place or individuality. There is nothing about this uniform that wouldn't work just as well anywhere in eastern Canada, New England, the upper Great Lakes states, the Ohio River valley, or the territory of the Louisiana Purchase. It sorta-kinds says "French," or maybe "Catholic," that that's it, and as such this whole package could be dropped onto a team in Duluth.

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