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11/30/11 5:17 PM EST

Billy the Marlin's revamped look unveiled

With the Miami Marlins overhauling their look with new jerseys, new colors and a new logo, Billy the Marlin has undergone a makeover of his own.

Billy, the Marlins' mascot since their inaugural season 18 years ago, has ditched his old outfit and will now feature the team's new colors: blue, red-orange, yellow and black. The club announced the eight-foot Marlins mascot's changes Wednesday.

"The new look of Billy perfectly complements the new look of the Miami Marlins," said Sean Flynn, Marlins senior vice president of marketing. "By utilizing the same color scheme, which represents Miami and its diverse cultural and geographical mix, we are confident fans will embrace Billy's new style. Just as they have embraced our new brand by buying Miami Marlins tickets and merchandise at record-breaking numbers."

The new-look Billy the Marlin will make his first public appearance in Japan as part of the club's visit to U.S. military personnel. The Marlins organization will visit troops stationed in Japan, Guam and Hawaii from Thursday until Dec. 15.

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