While naming a youth baseball team can be a lot of fun, it can also be a bit of a challenge, especially if you’re starting from scratch. Should you go with something intense? Something traditional?
Or maybe you should just let loose and go as wacky as you can.
Lucky for you, those seeking inspiration for a silly team name need look no further than the big wide world of Minor League Baseball teams, with ridiculous names and logos ripe for the picking.
All of these are REAL professional baseball teams. And every single one of them is proof that maybe, just maybe, we don’t always have to take ourselves so seriously when we’re playing a game for kids.
Here are some of the best names, in no particular order:
Florida Fire Frogs
The Atlanta Brave’s Single-A affiliate was known as the Brevard County Manatees (which also would have made this list) just last season, and will play its first season as the Florida Fire Frogs in 2017. The name was chosen by the fans as a part of a “Name The Team” contest, an increasingly common practice (and perhaps not a bad idea for your own team, hint hint).
El Paso Chihuahuas
The Chihuahuas will play their fourth season under their current moniker in 2017. If you think it’s weird to be named after a tiny, less-than-intimidating dog, realize that this is the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. Uh, I mean, realize that the name actually comes from the Mexican city of Chihuahua, a border city not far from El Paso.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
The IronPigs, named for the “pig iron” used in the region to make steel, gained some notoriety earlier this year when they announced their new Saturday “Bacon USA” uniforms. That’s right, the Phillies Triple-A affiliate sometimes wears a cap that features nothing more than a strip of bacon (above).
Binghamton Rumble Ponies
Binghamton has been a Mets affiliate since 1982, but the Rumble Ponies nickname (which refers to Binhamton’s notoriety as the Carousel Capital of the World) came around about a month ago. This was yet another “fan vote” name, beating out such stellar names as the Bullheads, the Gobblers, the Rocking Horses, the Studmuffins, and the Timber Jockeys. How those fans were able to choose between six such perfect names, we will never know.
Hartford Yard Goats
Formerly the New Britain Rock Cats, the Rockies Double-A affiliate moved to Hartford and became the Yard Goats prior to the 2016 season. Unfortunately, thanks to some messy delays in their new stadium, the team has yet to actually play a game in Hartford, Connecticut, although they hope to have their new stadium completed in time for the 2017 season.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Apparently the 2016-17 offseason is the official “Change Your Name To Something Ridiculous” offseason, because here we go again. Formerly known as the Suns (since 1962!), the Marlins Double-A affiliate will play their first season as the Jumbo Shrimp in 2017. Why Jumbo Shrimp? Because…why not?
The former Orlando Rays (named for their parent club) moved to Montgomery in 2004, where (you guessed it) they allowed fans to choose their new name. Naturally, the Montgomery faithful selected the Biscuits. And if you’re thinking “Oh, that must refer to some piece of local history or something,” you would be wrong. Biscuits refers to…well….biscuits. The team even goes so far as to launch real biscuits into the crowd during home games, a surefire way to fill a stadium on a regular basis.
Owned by the same people who own the Biscuits, the Lansing Lugnuts changed their name from the Springfield Sultans back in 1996. Currently the Class-A affiliate for the Toronto Blue Jays, the Lugnuts name was selected to honor Lansing’s automotive history. Though fans are fond of the name today, back in ‘96 a poll revealed that 90% (that’s not a typo) of Lansing fans hated the name, and preferred the other option being considered, the Lansing River Dragons.
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Hey look, another team that changed its name in a “name the team” contest. The former New Orleans Zephyrs will play their first season as the Baby Cakes next year, even though the name did NOT win the popular vote in the contest. The name refers to the small plastic babies that are often found in New Orleans’ famous “King Cakes,” which probably would have made a much better name.
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
This one gets a little less ridiculous when you find out that a wahoo is a fish found off the coast of Florida. Still, that name that would make a lot more sense if the team was an affiliate of, say, the Marlins. But alas, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos have been the Cincinnati Reds Double-A affiliate since 2009. They actually were the Marlins affiliate from 2003-2008, but back then they played in North Carolina and were known as the Mudcats.
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