Results tagged ‘ name changes ’

It's News To Me

betterlate.jpgDuring the offseason, I stay on top of any and all team name, logo, and mascot changes. But if announcements of this nature are made during the season, it is possible that they may slip through the proverbial cracks.

Three such items indeed went unremarked upon (by me) when they were first announced, but today’s post will set everything right with the world. Here, then, is a round-up of that which I neglected.

Generally Speaking — Last month, it was revealed that the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx would henceforth be known as the Jackson Generals.

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 The new team is a nod to the region’s rich baseball history. Let us journey now to the press release:

According to Kevin McCann, author of “Jackson Diamonds – Professional Baseball in Jackson, “The name Jackson Generals has a rich history of unusual plays and colorful players. Some of the players who’ve spent time on the diamond in Jackson include Shoeless Joe Jackson, Edd Rousch, John McGraw, Ellis Kinder, Casey Stengel, Yogi Berra, Joe Garagiola, Tony Kubek, and many others.” 

The team announced the name change immediately following the conclusion of the regular season, an announcement punctuated with some thoughtful nods to the past:

Throwing out the last pitch of the regular season as the Diamond Jaxx was Ms. Jane Des Ormeaux, the 93-year-old fan who doesn’t miss a game. She also is the fan who came up with the name West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The first pitch as the Jackson Generals was thrown by local businessman Walt Mestan. Mestan, a Chicago native, was one of the leading pitchers for the 1950 and 1951 Jackson Generals.

Miraculous Changes — While not quite as dramatic as a name change, the Fort Myers Miracle will be wearing new uniforms in 2011.

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Sez the team: The new uniforms will feature hats that are a lighter shade of navy blue than is currently being worn. The uniforms will also be without pinstripes for the first time since 1993 and feature the current Minnesota Twins logo on the left sleeve.

miracleuni.jpgThe new identity was developed in coordination with Studio Simon, similar to a General in that they are a leader in the field.

Addition By Subtraction– On August 31, the West Virginia Power unveiled their new mascot. His name is Chuck, and he replaces the five (!) costumed characters the team had previously employed. No pictures of Chuck seem to exist on the club’s website or Facebook page, but this local newspaper article picks up the slack.

So what else have I missed out on over the last six weeks? Let me know, because my powers of oversight are boundless.

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Freshwater Subterranean Crustaceans Need Your Support

ky-bowling-green-small.gifHard as it may be to believe, the 2009 season is a mere seven months away. And in the Minor Leagues, where change is a constant, every season brings with it a host of changes big and small.

One of the biggest such changes on tap for ’09 is that the South Atlantic League’s Columbus Catfish will be re-locating to Bowling Green, Kentucky. And with the new location comes…wait for it…a new name!

After receiving more than 1100 entries in a “Name the Team” contest, the club has narrowed it down to seven choices. All of these names have something to do with the history, culture, or fauna of the Bowling Green area, and all of them are awesome in their own way. But, I think you’ll agree that one name is a little more awesome than the rest. Let’s see if you can guess which one has received a coveted Ben’s Biz Blog endorsement.

Speedsters
blindshrimp.gifCave Shrimp
Hot Rods
Bluegills
Turbos
Sparkplugs
Mammoths

Of course, my winner is Cave Shrimp. From the team’s website:

Mammoth
Cave, located near Bowling Green, is home to the endangered Kentucky
Cave Shrimp, a sightless albino shrimp. The blind cave shrimp has been
registered as an endangered species since 1983.

I have long advocated for teams to be named after species that are either albino, sightless, or endangered, so to see this holy trinity encompassed into one moniker is a dream come true.  Whether you agree with my choice or not, make sure to cast your vote here. And, rest assured, I will continue to provide updates on the evolution of this new franchise throughout the coming months.

Racing Aviators Dash Toward Wallbanging Rhinos

WinstonSalemWarthogs.gifDue to a combination of time constraints and general ignorance, I have neglected many Minor League news stories over the past several months. Today, I turn my attention to one such story:

There are some big doings afoot in Winston-Salem!

First of all, the 2007 campaign will be the club’s last at venerable Ernie Shore Field. The 52-year-old facility will be left behind in favor of a new downtown stadium, which is currently being constructed.

And with the new digs will come a new team name! After receiving over 3000 submissions from the Winston-Salem community, the club has narrowed it down to five choices. Let’s check them out, shall we?

Aviators
Dash
Racers
Rhinos
Wallbangers

With the exception of “Wallbangers”, all of these names have a connection to the history and culture of Winston-Salem. Namely, that time when a rhino pilot won a plane race against hip-hop mogul Damon Dash.

In a shocking departure from the usual Minor League protocol, the club is not pitting these fivews_wally1.jpg choices against one another in a fan vote. Rather, “artists renderings of potential logos are being considered, as is input
from leading professional mascot consultant and creator of the famed
Philly Phanatic Dave Raymond.” 

Which leads me to my next, and final point: Wally Warthog’s days as the team’s mascot are numbered. Hopefully he is taking his built-in obsolescence in stride, because a bitter and rage-filled wild pig is something that no one wants to deal with. Trust me, I’ve been there.

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