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  1. Last week the Astros' AAA affiliate unveiled their new identity, the Sugar Land Space Cowboys. Although the new branding was met with mix reactions, a few things about it appealed to me: the addition of teal to the Astros' navy and orange colorway, nebula-like sleeve and side gradients (a clear nod to the Astros' tequila sunrise uniforms), and going all-in on space imagery, which includes a rocket ship logo and starfield within the scripts and numbers. Despite boasting a space-themed identity themselves, I've long felt the Astros' current look is too traditional and, dare I say it, bland. With that in mind, I thought it would be fun to redesign the Astros using the Space Cowboys identity as inspiration. To start, I made the cap logo a modified version of the Astros' 1975 prototype logo: Up next are the uniforms. ASTROS x SPACE COWBOYS HOME: ASTROS x SPACE COWBOYS ROAD: ASTROS x SPACE COWBOYS ALT 1: ASTROS x SPACE COWBOYS ALT 2: For the unis, I tried to adhere closely to Sugar Land's uniforms while adding an orange secondary alt. I used the 1970s-80s "Astros" wordmark and created a matching "Houston" one for the road jersey. I also applied the gradient design to the socks. C&C appreciated!
  2. First of all note: not 100% sure this topic belongs here but not sure where else it should go. Mods - if this needs to move, please move it. Looks to me like we might be faced with connecting the dots, so to speak when it comes to Minor League baseball histories. Especially now that 2021 has shuffled the deck, a lot of older history might become unconnected if not preserved. So, opening this topic in the hopes we can connect the dots and help out Chris and contribute to the site in some meaningful way. So, up first, it looks like the Columbia Fireflies (2021+ and 2016-2020) used to be the Savannah Sand Gnats (1996-2015). What I didn't know (until recently) was that the Sand Gnats used to be the Savannah Cardinals (1984-1995). Based on the information I saw, here was the chain of custody, so to speak: Savannah Cardinals (1984-1995) -- St. Louis Cardinals affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats (1996-1997) -- Los Angeles Dodgers affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats (1998-2002) -- Texas Rangers affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats (2003-2004) -- Montreal Expos affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats (2005-2006) -- Washington Nationals affiliate Savannah Sand Gnats (2007-2015) -- New York Mets affiliate --> moved to Columbia Columbia Fireflies (2016-2020) -- New York Mets affiliate Columbia Fireflies (2021+) -- Kansas City Royals affiliate Can anyone on the Savannah area (or anywhere else for that matter) confirm the above information I came across is accurate? I live in Atlanta, and don't really have the means to verify this. Baseball Reference (.com) seems to have the connection between the Savannah Cardinals and Savannah Sand Gnats, but not necessarily the Fireflies.
  3. Hey there, everybody, I'm new around here. I've always had a passion for sports and sports logos, specifically baseball, but I don't really know a whole lot about graphic design. I've had some free time to dabble in the redesign arena lately, however. Thanks to @rsaline's wonderfully easy to use template, I have been able to knock out quite a couple teams this past week or so. Now, it's my first time doing anything like this, so I obviously welcome critiques. I probably won't have time to go back to fix everything based off of suggestions right away, but I'll do my best. Right away, you'll notice I haven't done anything too crazy with the few teams I've finished so far, and I don't plan to do so. You'll also find that I rank the old MLB logos and jerseys over the current looks. You'll see an abundance of throwback logos, fonts, and colors. Anyway, without any further comments, let's get underway! - Nate
  4. The Minor Leagues of professional baseball are known for wacky and weird team names. This thesis study aims to explore the development process of creating such teams. The idea is to develop a series of logos from community created minor league baseball teams. These team names are developed by using a series of requirements like location followed by a mascot which can come from the name of animals, profession, nature, local landmarks, people, food, pronouns, or things in your garage. This servery will help you develop your own team. Only 6 teams will be selected so make it interesting. Bonus Points for team names that relate to the location (ex. New Orleans Baby Cakes) LINK FOR SURVEY: https://forms.gle/AdCVLTB9uEgn2bQw9
  5. So the MLB and MiLB Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) is set to expire after the 2020 season. This is the agreement that outlines the single affiliation model and states the 160 MiLB clubs from AAA to Advanced Rookie will have an MLB affiliate. MiLB hopes to have a new agreement in place by the end of the winter meetings, as to not have it hanging over their head the entire season (link). As analytics continue to become more and more prevalent in all aspects of the games, MLB appears to be positioning for a more streamlined and efficient minor league system that allows them to better train, develop, and evaluate prospects. Commissioner Manfred has even publicly said that MLB would like to see fewer affiliates and better facilities (link). It seems from current stadium issues (see Beloit), that MiLB has already succumbed to MLB demands to increase stadium facility requirements. Apparently, last time this occurred was in 1992 and subsequently MiLB was met with multiple teams relocating and other restructuring. Regardless, if there are stricter facility rules, we could see some current MiLB stadiums deemed ineligible and could thus force teams to seek new stadiums or relocate. Has anyone heard any rumors as to developments of the PBA for 2020? What stadiums do you think would be most at risk? And if MLB gets their way, even though MiLB is opposed to reducing the 160 required affiliation number, what do you think are some likely scenarios that MLB and MiLB agree to restructuring? How would this affect the current league set up in the minors?
  6. Bit of an odd topic, I imagine. I'm Irish, living on the Isle of Man, and while I'm a fan of the Rockies and baseball in general, I don't really get any exposure to MiLB. However, I do often see the various themed logos (foods, movies etc) and keep thinking to myself "man, I'd love something with that on it". But they don't ship outside of the States. Well, this year I'm off to Disney Orlando for the missus' 30th (apparently I'm marrying a child...) and I figure now is as good a time as any to order a load of the more novelty themed gear and have it delivered to the resort for me. I've already earmarked a few that I really like (Buffalo Wings and Fayetteville Woodpeckers (though I know that's not themed, I just love birds and the logo is killer IMO) and Norfolk Coffee for my better half), but I was wondering what some of your favourites were, to get some more inspiration on others to look for? I really wanted a Lansing Locos cap but they only have the 59Fifty style left, which doesn't suit my head at all.
  7. https://frntofficesport.com/logo-love-history-milb/
  8. I've been away from the Boards for some time now, but it's good to be back. This little project started as a school project, but I liked the direction so much that I decided to expand it, adding a secondary logo and a wordmark. A little background information - the Northwest Arkansas Springdale Naturals are a MiLB club playing in the Texas League and serve as a the AA affiliate to the Royals. This is their current logo. My basis for the name change started with the fact that there is another Arkansas-branded club in the same league (the Arkansas Travelers). The name "Springdale" is a more suitable handle for the region and gives the local supporters a bit more personal connection to the team. It's also shorter and cleaner than the former. Some details about the brand itself; Springdale is located in the Ozarks (which runs through Arkansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Kansas). This served as the inspiration for the mountains in the primary. The two primary colours (navy and maroon) are derived from the Springdale crest.* The sky blue is taken from the many waterfalls found in the Ozarks. The four stars are taken from the Arkansas flag. You'll probably notice a star in the top left corner of the secondary mark. The outline behind the N is the shape of Arkansas, and the placement of the star is actually the location of the city of Springdale on the map! (I moved it a little bit southeast, I just didn't want it to clash with the outline of the N) * - I don't know if this is the official Springdale crest. I Googled it and this was the best result I got. Any help in this matter would be appreciated! PRIMARY LOGO SECONDARY LOGO FULL SET Feel free to check it out on Behance! Show some love if you want, anything is much appreciated! Leave any C&C if you wish.
  9. I am personally fascinated by what's going on in Minor League Baseball right now, and the majority of that is due to Brandiose's reign of two-word nickname, food logo, baby cake of terror, which to be honest hasn't been all bad imo. There are things happening down in the MiLB that wouldn't have been dreamed of 20 or so years ago, and its like watching a blowout: Painful, but fun to watch it go down. So i got to thinking, with news of Brandiose sinking its toes into the minor league hockey pool, how long is it before they get their hands on the major leagues? Now if (when) in eventuality they do, they won't come at it with a Jumbo Shrimp ideal, but for fun, I'd like to think of what would happen if they did. So I'll be taking a TBD select number of teams from the MLB and making them look like they belong in the International League, starting with the Oakland Swingin' A's (Athletics).
  10. The title speaks for itself. There are a lot of (some intentionally) ludicrous MiLB identities, but many are really sharp and have stood the test of time. This list can include teams that are now defunct. The original Zephyrs had a great uniform and name. Greg Seher designed a really nice set for a New Orleans Zephyrs expansion team with Mardi Gras colors on his blog but has since taken it down. The Jordan-era Birmingham Barons had a really classy identity. Add a dash of red and you're golden: The Hawaii Islanders had some wonderful uniforms over the years, but this one from the '90s might be my favorite: The Salt Lake Bees have a strong identity, albeit a bit derivative of the Pirates. Just put 'em in pinstripes and I think you'd avoid a lot of those comparisons. What are some other MiLB identities that you feel could hold their own in the Majors?
  11. I was going to post this in the "Players in the Wrong Uniform" thread but didn't know if it should be there. Baseball and hockey have a rarity, that is until the G-League takes off and every team has an affiliate, in that players can come up and be sent down for a variety of reasons. It's always crazy when you see your star players suiting up for your farm teams. I got this idea when I searched for Ryan Braun while he was doing his rehab assignment in Appleton as a member of the Timber Rattlers as seen in this video.... http://www.milb.com/multimedia/vpp.jsp?content_id=1536087683&sid=t1174 As well as seeing the picture of David Ortiz playing for the same team when they were a Seattle Mariners affiliate. These aren't necessarily the wrong uniforms, just rare occasions. Are there others out there like this? What's even more rare about the above video is that it was also a famous MiLB "one off" night. Are there any others like that?
  12. I am a terrible person Edit: yes, this was somewhat of a :censored:post-y concept, but it's not as much of a reach as some may think. I saw an online ad for "Spinners" the other day and immediately thought of the Lowell Spinners, the single-A short-season affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Once I found out the team was already on board, I couldn't resist. Honestly, I think it's not that bad for a one-off (at least comparatively). I am still a terrible person
  13. Another rebrand of a MiLB league logo. This time it's the California League whose current logo has been in use since 2000. No more baseball and bats, or gold and red, but orange and yellow as the two new colors. Link to current mark: http://www.sportslogos.net/logos/view/zag1rh2hfy5vrihmrhf6/_California_League/2000/Primary_Logo
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