Even though it’s the offseason, minor league baseball continues to be the gift that keeps on giving.
Last week, we met the Sod Poodles, and it was glorious. This week, the world was introduced to the newest minor league team: the Rocky Mountain Vibes.
This name seems fairly straightforward and pretty consistent with Colorado’s earthy, feel-good brand. The logo, however, is an actual flaming s’more.
This guy joins some truly spectacular company when it comes to the best and strangest minor league logos, team names, and mascots. The MiLB tends to take itself a tad less seriously than its big league counterpart, and several teams have gone in various branding directions that are completely bonkers in the very best way.
Without further ado, let me present the top ten weirdest/greatest team names in the minor leagues.
10. Cedar Rapids Kernels
This guy looks like his name is probably something like Earl, and he almost definitely does not remove his hat at the dinner table. This isn’t the first intersection of baseball, corn, and Iowa (Field of Dreams, anyone?), but it’s definitely the most fun.
9. Lansing Lugnuts
Lansing is the capital of Michigan, the state most synonymous with the American auto industry. Somewhere, someone has excitedly called their mother to announce, “Guess what Mom? I’m a Lugnut!”
8. Albuquerque Isotopes
Albuquerque has The Simpsons to thank for its science-y minor league moniker. In one 2001 episode, Homer’s beloved Springfield Isotopes moves to Albuquerque. The opportunity was too good to pass up.
7. Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
His name is Scampi.
6. Hartford Yard Goats
“Yard goat” is an old railroad slang term, a reference to Hartford’s railroad history. Given the background, it’s appropriate that this adorable guy’s name is Chew-Chew.
5. Amarillo Sod Poodles
Check out last week’s Buzz Bulletin for the skinny on these guys.
4. New Orleans Baby Cakes
This is a reference to the king cakes traditionally eaten on Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Never mind that the baby in the logo appears ready to take out the kneecaps of someone who owes him money.
3. El Paso Chihuahuas
Honestly, this is probably the most realistic mascot on this list.
2. Montgomery Biscuits
The Rays’ double-A affiliate has gone all in when it comes to regional team branding. The Montgomery Biscuits are a testament to just how much Alabamans love their buttery, flaky biscuits. Instead of a t-shirt cannon, the team’s mascot (who is, inexplicably, an aardvark) shoots biscuits into the stands. Fans who aren’t lucky enough to score a free snack don’t have to miss out; the team prides itself on being the first stadium in the country to sell biscuits at their concession stands.
1. Binghamton Rumble Ponies
This is a nod to Binghamton’s history as the carousel capital of the United States. A rumble pony is a horse that can’t be contained by a carousel pole.
Fun fact: As a member of the Mets’ organization, Tim Tebow is a Rumble Pony. Because, of course he is.
What’s your favorite minor league team name? Let us know in the comments!
Media credit: MiLB.com