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Saturday, December 07, 2019

Minor League teams on MLB’s shutdown list are looking to rebrand

One of the many joys of Minor League Baseball is the unique team names. From the Biscuits and Yard Goats to the Rubber Ducks and Flying Squirrels, teams have been able to create unique mascots beyond the run-of-the-mill Tigers, Wildcats and Eagles of other sports.

The latest team to join in on the fun is the Connecticut Tigers, which announced on Friday that it will become the Harwich Sea Unicons for 2019. Fans in the Constitution State can grab the hottest new narwhal-themed baseball gear already.

But fans may want to jump on this new gear soon because the Sea Unicorns may not be long for Minor League Baseball. The franchise is one of 42 that Major League Baseball has proposed slashing in the name of saving money.

The move to eliminate a quarter of all minor league teams is not official, and there’s no timetable for a change yet either. MLB still has to negotiate its Professional Baseball Agreement next year, but it seems plausible that not all 162 teams will be around in the near future, much to the dismay of fans, owners, and at least one presidential candidate.

For those curious as for how the teams threatened by contraction are behaving in spite of this threat.

QLE Posted: December 07, 2019 at 10:07 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: contraction, minor leagues, reboots

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   1. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: December 08, 2019 at 10:16 AM (#5906769)
I'm convinced that minor league teams are using a Random Name Generator, using the form (city) (randomword1) (randomword2)...
   2. CONservative governMENt Posted: December 08, 2019 at 01:25 PM (#5906827)
[1] Kind of like AYSO soccer teams. Light blue shirts? We're the Ice Pandas!

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