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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Joplin-based professional baseball team taking name submissions

President of Ventura Sports Group, Wayne Schuster, says they are looking for a team name that is unique, represents Joplin’s history, and that will create a mascot who local children can embrace. Schuster says they’ve already received more than 200 name submissions and will continue to receive them until March 15th.

This is apparently a team in the Southwest League, a new league planning to start play in 2019. Joplin has had pro teams before: the Miners and the Blasters, as well as a college team from Missouri Southern State University.

Anybody have any good ideas?

Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 06:45 AM | 34 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. salvomania Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:44 AM (#5625376)
Probably needs to be the Joplin Janus. Or Januses.

From Wikipedia, Janus is "the god of beginnings, gates, transitions, time, duality, doorways,[1] passages, and endings. Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace.

Although on second thought, a name with "anus" in it may not be a great idea.
   2. BDC Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:48 AM (#5625383)
Joplin Scotts.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:55 AM (#5625391)
I'm not a Latin scholar, but the plural must be Jani.
   4. DL from MN Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:56 AM (#5625393)
I think Maple Leafs is taken already
   5. PreservedFish Posted: February 15, 2018 at 09:57 AM (#5625394)
The first person on wikipedia's list of notable Joplin residents is:

Tony Alamo, religious evangelist, convicted child sexual abuser and polygamist
   6. Harmon "Thread Killer" Microbrew Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:06 AM (#5625403)
Given that Joplin flourished due to mining, most notably zinc (commonly called "jack") to such a degree that its nickname is "The City that Jack Built" . . . I gotta go with the Joplin Jacks.
   7. manchestermets Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:08 AM (#5625404)
Joplin Tornadoes?

Or the Joplin 66s, as Route 66 ran through the town.
   8. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:14 AM (#5625409)

Given that Joplin flourished due to mining, most notably zinc (commonly called "jack") to such a degree that its nickname is "The City that Jack Built" . . . I gotta go with the Joplin Jacks.


That was my thought. And it gets bonus points for its similarity to Jumpin Jacks.

   9. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:28 AM (#5625422)
Tony Alamo, religious evangelist, convicted child sexual abuser and polygamist


I strongly encourage anyone who isn't familiar with this dude to look him up, because it's a really wild ride.

A failed singer and a failed actress get married in Vegas, change their names, and become fire-and-brimstone Pentecostal evangelists recruiting from among disaffected hippies. Then it all goes wrong with conspiracy theories, tax fraud, custom-crafted high-fashion jean jackets made with child labor, a thwarted resurrection, the theft of a corpse, and finally an apocalyptic cult compound in Alabama with floggings and polygamous child marriages to girls as young as 8 years old.
   10. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:43 AM (#5625432)
The first person on wikipedia's list of notable Joplin residents is:

Tony Alamo, religious evangelist, convicted child sexual abuser and polygamist

So...not a mascot who local children can embrace?
   11. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 15, 2018 at 10:54 AM (#5625443)
I assumed they would be the Bobby McGees.
   12. DCA Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:04 AM (#5625452)

I'm not a Latin scholar, but the plural must be Jani.


You're not, or you wouldn't say must, but in this case you are correct, as Ianus is a second declension noun so the plural is indeed Iani.
   13. philphan Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:54 AM (#5625489)
The Joplin Holding Companies?
   14. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:56 AM (#5625490)
Or the Joplin 66s,


Make it 666s, with Chris Truby as manager.
   15. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:57 AM (#5625492)
an apocalyptic cult compound in Alabama with floggings and polygamous child marriages to girls as young as 8 years old.


That would be Arkansas, not Alabama.
   16. JJ1986 Posted: February 15, 2018 at 11:59 AM (#5625494)
The Joplin Entertainers.
   17. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 12:45 PM (#5625525)
So...not a mascot who local children can embrace?


I mean, they could... they just probably shouldn't.
   18. OCF Posted: February 15, 2018 at 01:36 PM (#5625559)
Given that Joplin flourished due to mining, most notably zinc (commonly called "jack") to such a degree that its nickname is "The City that Jack Built" . . . I gotta go with the Joplin Jacks.

I grew up 100 miles away: Bartlesville, OK. And one of the businesses there was a zinc smelter. (Why have the smelter 100 miles away from the mines? I suspect the availability of natural gas from Osage County had something to do with it.) The first five years of my life, we lived on the side of town closest to the smelter. I don't think that was good for any of our healths. I vaguely remember talk about how hard it was to grow a garden, which probably comes from sulfuric acid in the stack plume - but along with the sulfuric acid, there may well have been some metals (lead and cadmium being the possible big baddies). At least after I was five, we moved to a new house on the opposite side of town, where the plume seldom reached. They did over the years gradually clean up the operation. I don't know if they're still in business now, nor do I know whether or not the plant site is a Superfund site.

Edit: no, they're not still in business, and haven't been since shortly after I moved away. And yes, it is a Superfund site: Tulsa World article
   19. SoSH U at work Posted: February 15, 2018 at 01:53 PM (#5625571)
I suspect the availability of natural gas from Osage County had something to do with it.)


Readily available low-cost energy is always why a smelter is located where a smelter is located. See, Iceland.
   20. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5625588)
Given that Joplin flourished due to mining, most notably zinc (commonly called "jack") to such a degree that its nickname is "The City that Jack Built" . . . I gotta go with the Joplin Jacks.

In honor of the father of the most famous alumnus of the former Joplin Class C team, I'd go with---what else?---the Joplin Black Lungs.
   21. Tin Angel Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:38 PM (#5625608)
The Joplin Entertainers.


Can't believe it took so long to get to that. I would also submit the "Joplin Ragtimers." The uniforms could incorporate this look.
   22. Der-K: at 10% emotional investment Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:43 PM (#5625615)
There were other variants in-thread as well. I like the Rags, myself - though his lack of a local tie obviously precludes this ... as might people not wanting to be called Rags.
   23. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:46 PM (#5625616)
The Joplin Entertainers.


Good one. I was trying to think of the name of the song from "The Sting" earlier but got distracted. At the time it was a bit of a big deal where I'm from because he hailed from Texarkana.
   24. stig-tossled, hornswoggled gef the typing mongoose Posted: February 15, 2018 at 02:48 PM (#5625618)
I don't know if they're still in business now, nor do I know whether or not the plant site is a Superfund site.

Edit: no, they're not still in business, and haven't been since shortly after I moved away. And yes, it is a Superfund site: Tulsa World article


Lived maybe a mile from a Superfund site my last year or so in Slidell, La., near New Orleans. Creosote, baby!
   25. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:09 PM (#5625637)
Tony Alamo, religious evangelist, convicted child sexual abuser and polygamist
This name immediately brought to mind Steve Alaimo, and I'm happy to hear it's a different person.
   26. Shibal Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:20 PM (#5625649)
They had an independent league team there a few years ago, city spent about $5 million refurbishing the stadium for them.

Lasted two years.

I doubt this one will do much better.

Joplin Miners is the historical name of the team. That's probably the best fit.

I wonder what it costs to get a team...
   27. The Good Face Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:32 PM (#5625655)
Joplin Janissaries.
   28. Fernigal McGunnigle Posted: February 15, 2018 at 03:45 PM (#5625669)
Probably needs to be the Joplin Janus. Or Januses.
I vote no -- January is named for Janus, and January is the least baseball-ish month there is. Plus a god with a two faces can't wear a baseball hat without looking ridiculous.

   29. TJ Posted: February 15, 2018 at 05:04 PM (#5625723)
The Joplin Pianists...no, I said "Pianists".
   30. Walt Davis Posted: February 15, 2018 at 08:21 PM (#5625815)
Blasters would be OK if the Alvins are still alive.

If they're a Yankee farm team they might as well be the Joplin Judges for as long as that name's popular.

The Joplin Jumpin' Jehoshaphats is probably a non-starter.

   31. OCF Posted: February 16, 2018 at 04:24 PM (#5626217)
Blasters would be OK if the Alvins are still alive.

I attended Phil Alvin's thesis defense for his masters degree in mathematics. Yes, I am talking about the same person you are.
   32. bachslunch Posted: February 16, 2018 at 05:05 PM (#5626239)
If any more twisters come into to town, maybe the Joplin Pancakes.
   33. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 17, 2018 at 08:16 AM (#5626351)
I'd be partial to the Joplin Kozmic Blues.
   34. villageidiom Posted: February 17, 2018 at 08:59 AM (#5626356)
Nobody suggested Batty McBatface yet?

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