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Am I the only one disappointed they're not something like the Syracuse SalamiRats?

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This is wonderful news.  I am almost always in favour of a farm club taking the name, as well as the look, of its parent club.  And, now that the Mets own the team, there will be no switching of affiliations.

Granted, some minor league names deserve to continue: Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Birmingham Barons.  The name Syracuse Chiefs was an old one, as well.  But its time has passed; and its departure is a good thing.  I can only hope that the name Indianapolis Indians will be the next one to go.
 

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2 minutes ago, kimball said:

Am I the only one disappointed they're not something like the Syracuse SalamiRats?

Yes. I'm all for originality in names but the latest trend of random food item and animals needs to die a horrible death. 

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The use of the state's map in the logo is puzzling.  What's more, it is poorly executed. That blob beind the letters Y and R looks nothing like Lake Ontario.  And the white above Long Island doesn't seem to represent anything coherent.  If it were going to show the true state border within the Sound, it would be a straight line out to the end of Long Island, and then a right angle.  This logo has major water problems.

But the script is gorgeous.  I hope their uniforms are exact copies of the Mets' uniforms, but with "Syracuse" in that script on the road.  Also, the S from that script would make a fine cap logo.

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11 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

I can only hope that the name Indianapolis Indians will be the next one to go.
 

 

After 35 years, is it finally time?

 

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Granted, fighting for the trademarks might be a pain, but it’d be well-recieved.

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I was hoping they'd at least somewhat redeem this unfortunate idea of a name change with a good logo, but they totally Metsed this one up.

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13 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

This is wonderful news.  I am almost always in favour of a farm club taking the name, as well as the look, of its parent club.  

 

We'll have to agree to disagree on this.  I much prefer when minor league teams get to maintain at least some originality . . . especially some of the classic examples you gave..

 

That's not to say that any name other than the parent's name will do.  I'm opposed to Rumble Ponies, Baby Cakes and random local food references.  I'm also opposed to G-League horrors like Capital City Go-Go, Raptors 905 and Oklahoma City Blue.

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Is it going to be a problem for them to have Syracuse in orange letters? I know those are the Mets colors obviously, but it seems like from a brand perspective, Syracuse University might not like it.

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I'd take Indianapolis Arrows over Indians, pace the history, if only because they're not and will never seem to be an affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Font needs work but the name is fine.

 

Syracuse Chiefs should have stayed. Mets only works for New York City.

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Now that I know the Mets own Syracuse, I'm 100% behind this.  I prefer it when minor league clubs have their own identities, but given the naming trends recently, I'm more than okay with this.  I also don't mind it in situations like this when the minor league team plays in the parent club's market... the Paw Sox are the gold standard for that type of identity and the Syracuse Mets are definitely along those lines.

The blue-on-blue version of the logo could have been executed better, but hopefully that'll be tweaked away eventually.  On white, it's not a bad look at all.

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27 minutes ago, SFGiants58 said:

 

After 35 years, is it finally time?

 

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Granted, fighting for the trademarks might be a pain, but it’d be well-recieved.


If I were them, I'd adopt a logo with an arrow in it right now, since it also goes with the Indians name.  Then change the name once the logo was established.  Sort of what the North Stars did their last year in Minnesota, only a lot less shady.

If they can't get Arrows, Indys would work.  It's phonetically similar, and the Indianapolis club is established enough to pull off something relatively old-timey like that.

I don't actually have a problem with the Indianapolis Indians name.  I actually rather like that a couple of the original AA identities is still around.  But the Indianapolis community doesn't seem nearly as invested in the Indians name as Toledo is with the Mud Hens.  Designing around that name is only going to get more difficult going forward.  And, as it's been pointed out, it's just confusing seeing that they'll never be an affiliate of the Cleveland club as long as Columbus has a team.  

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51 minutes ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

This is wonderful news.  I am almost always in favour of a farm club taking the name, as well as the look, of its parent club.  And, now that the Mets own the team, there will be no switching of affiliations.
 

Team name means nothing....the Daytona Cubs a few years ago were left high and dry by Chicago and had to rebrand in less than 6 months to the Tortugas.

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Interesting decision to go with the orange wordmark, but I'm sure they did it to distinguish their jerseys from the parent club.

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8 minutes ago, NicDB said:

Interesting decision to go with the orange wordmark, but I'm sure they did it to distinguish their jerseys from the parent club.

 

St Lucie Mets do this as well...

 

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I love the idea of reversing the colors of the wordmark.

 

I hate that pointless extra white outline.

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(sigh)

 

A real shame that such a well-executed identity and historical name have been replaced by a copy-and-paste. The Mets name doesn't work so well outside of NYC.

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"The Mets: Why Try?"

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