St Lucie Mets Flirt with new name, settle on new logo

Written By:  •  Thursday, December 20, 2012

They could have been the St. Lucie Squid, Sand Sharks, or even Salamanders but in the end the St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets Single-A, Florida State League) decided to stick with the Mets and simply upgrade the team logos and uniforms.

In a move to get more in-line with the parent club’s recent changes, St. Lucie dropped black from their colour scheme to put more of an emphasis on the orange and blue.

“We thought it was a good time with our 25th anniversary coming up in 2013.  We wanted to stay with what the big club was doing and also add our own touches to it” - Paul Taglieri, NY Mets Director of Florida Operations to MiLB.com

The new logo continues on the theme that this is a Florida-based club, but does it give a much needed update.  A tilted wooden sign with a silhouetted palm tree in front of a setting sun gives the viewer a much greater sense that this team is going with a beach-like brand than the previous logo which featured not much more than a baseball/sun streaking over a green blob of a palm tree.

Comparing the old and new St. Lucie Mets primary logos

Other changes include giving Mr. Met the old retired New Yorker treatment by dressing him up in sunglasses and a Hawaiian shirt.  He’ll be on the sleeves of each of the new uniforms.

“I love the orange. We moved the black away from the uniform, and it really has a Florida look to it. And I love Florida Mr. Met — it gives us our own identity as our own team.” – Taglieri

Despite the use of Mr. Florida Met on their new uniforms the team says they have no plans to introduce him as their new mascot, although a new team mascot may be announced in January to replace their previous mascot “Slider”.

The Mr. Mets! His New York look on the left, and his new Florida gear on the right

Speaking of the uniforms, there’s three of them – a home, road, and alternate.  Two caps for in-game use, 1 home and 1 for the road/alternate jersey; a batting practice cap was also unveiled.

While the uniforms share some elements of the big-league Mets the pinstripes are missing from the home uniform, and we’re also thankful that the St Lucie Mets are the only Mets team to wear a white vest with an orange undershirt and orange piping… this is a look that should not be called up from the Minors no matter how much help the club may need come September.

St Lucie Mets new uniforms for 2013, (L-R) home, road, and alternate

The previously mentioned caps are fairly straight-forward, they all have the “StL” logo (also on the front of the alternate jersey) in orange.  The home cap with a blue crown and orange brim, while on the road it’s an all-blue cap with that same orange “StL” logo.  The BP cap is a straight reversed colour version of the road/alt cap, what was orange is now blue and vise-versa.

St. Lucie Mets new caps for 2013

“I like the orange, I like the palm tree with the sun — it really gives it a Florida effect. And being a New York Mets fan for years, Mr. Met has always been my favorite. Having a St. Lucie Mr. Met is good. If you’re a huge Met fan, Mr. Met has always been the main mascot. It should be good.” – St Lucie Mets Fan Club president Jim Fertitta to the TC Palm

St. Lucie’s 2013 schedule gets underway at home on April 4th against the Jupiter Hammerheads.

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  • Aaron

    Kind of looks like the Houston Astros new duds. These actually look pretty good. If the Marlins were to rock the orange this way with their uniforms, this would be vast improvement.

  • Aaron

    Oh yeah, love the new logo too.

  • Discrim

    These remind me of how the San Jose Giants used to look: not in terms of colors, exactly, but in terms of successfully looking distinct from the big league club. Good on ya baby Mets.

  • Aaron

    These also look like the Miami Marlins throwback uniforms from I guess the 80′s. remember when the Marlins used to have turn back the clock weekends with the blue and orange uniforms?

    • Ben Foster

      Marlins were established in 1993…

      • http://cargocollective.com/charlesmertens Charles Mertens

        Miami Marlins were an International League team from ’56-’60

  • Ethan Day

    Amazing design, one of the best in 2012!

  • http://www.twoeightnine.com twoeightnine

    That hat logo is awesome.

  • http://www.sportchange.wordpress.com sportchange

    Great new logo, but they should’ve changed the name. The Florida State League is an interesting mishmash of creative monikers (Hammerheads, Manatees, Marauders) and “chip off the old block” nicknames.

    Excluding rookie ball, the only other COTOB in the Mets’ system is Binghamton. There’s a good chance that the Binghamton Mets will move to Ottawa within a few years–most likely meaning a name change.

    Personally, I think that it’s best if a club’s minor league system follows one of two branding paths: 1. All original identities. 2. All the same name as parent club–like the Braves and Cardinals nearly accomplish.

    Great logo, though!

    • Aaron

      I would say mainly original identities. But teams like the Gwinnett Braves, Memphis Redbirds, Pawtucket Red Sox and I guess to a degree the Iowa Cubs do it right even if they’re identical to their parent clubs. The R-Phil’s could’ve easily stayed in circulation. As well as the Omaha Royals!

  • Michael Jaworski

    I don’t like the NY Mets, but since this is my local minor league team, I attend plenty of St. Lucie games. I wish they had a unique name (like the awesome Hammerheads, Stone Crabs, or Marauders), but having a beachy logo is a great way to localize things. I hope they don’t get rid of Slider though!

  • http://cargocollective.com/charlesmertens Charles Mertens

    I actually really dig the white vest with the orange undershirt. Awkward.

  • ingmar66

    I like eveything about this look: the uniforms, the new logo, Mr Met in Florida gear (including sandals) and most of all the caps. Really simple yet good.

  • http://gameplancreative.com Tom O’Grady

    This is a really poor concept. The logo looks like it’s been applied onto plywood boards similar to what you’d see hammered over window right before a hurricane would hit.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/29/nyregion/in-cape-may-nj-a-defiant-wait-for-hurricane-sandy.html

    Seriously, this is what I might expect to see for a Coppertone point of sale promotion but with no charm not character.

    It’s amazing how people accept this as good.

  • http://www.krisbazen.com Kris Bazen

    Is the mascot wearing socks and sandals? No bueno.