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What are some of the most major-league caliber minor league team names?

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Easy - New Orleans Baby Cakes. (ducks)

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On 4/28/2017 at 1:18 PM, DustDevil61 said:

I've got to echo some of these team names (in no particular order, defunct teams italicized):

 

- Portland Beavers

- Oklahoma City Barons

- Oklahoma City Blazers

- Tulsa Oilers

- Reno Aces

- Durham Bulls

- Charlotte Knights

- Carolina Mudcats

- Tucson Roadrunners

- Utah Grizzlies

- Salt Lake Golden Eagles

- Salt Lake Bees

- Casper Ghosts (the name and a more Western-ghost theme would work)

- Bakersfield Condors

- Arizona Sundogs

- Toledo Mudhens

 

 

I forgot to add the San Diego Gulls and Nashville Sounds, and forgot to clarify to say that that if the Casper Ghosts's logos were more Western-themed as in the "cow skull" and "Ghost Rider" concept logos Brandiose put up (before they went off the deep end)., like the concept art here mentions.

 

I might add that not every team listed has have a solid identity top-to-bottom but have a lot going for them (generally in terms of naming and colors).

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I could see these working as MLB team names.  

  • Arkansas Travelers
  • Asheville Tourists
  • Akron Aeros
  • Columbus Clippers
  • Durham Bulls
  • Nashville Sounds
  • Colorado Springs Sky Sox
  • Reno Aces
  • Tacoma Rainiers 
  • Bowie Bay Sox
  • Birmingham Barons
  • Chattanooga Lookouts
  • Jackson Generals
  • High Desert Mavericks
  • Lake County Captains
  • Brooklyn Cyclones

 

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago, MCM0313 said:

Easy - New Orleans Baby Cakes. (ducks)

 

Ducks?  Coming right up.

 

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8 hours ago, infrared41 said:

I could see these working as MLB team names.  

  • Arkansas Travelers
  • Asheville Tourists
  • Akron Aeros
  • Columbus Clippers
  • Durham Bulls
  • Nashville Sounds
  • Colorado Springs Sky Sox
  • Reno Aces
  • Tacoma Rainiers 
  • Bowie Bay Sox
  • Birmingham Barons
  • Chattanooga Lookouts
  • Jackson Generals
  • High Desert Mavericks
  • Lake County Captains
  • Brooklyn Cyclones

 

The word "sox", when preceded by anything but a colour, screams "minor league goofiness".  It's the baseball equivalent of youth hockey's gratuitous use of "ice" in names such as "Ice Dogs", "Ice Cats", "Ice Wolves".

 

A good rule of thumb: if the thing named by your nickname does not actually exist (e.g.: a sky sock; an ice cat), then what you have there is not major-league calibre.

 

And, as @RichO pointed out earlier, regional identifiers (such as "High Desert" or "Lake County") automatically rule a name out of sounding major-league.

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4 hours ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

Ducks?  Coming right up.

 

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The word "sox", when preceded by anything but a colour, screams "minor league goofiness".  It's the baseball equivalent of youth hockey's gratuitous use of "ice" in names such as "Ice Dogs", "Ice Cats", "Ice Wolves".

 

A good rule of thumb: if the thing named by your nickname does not actually exist (e.g.: a sky sock; an ice cat), then what you have there is not major-league calibre.

 

And, as @RichO pointed out earlier, regional identifiers (such as "High Desert" or "Lake County") automatically rule a name out of sounding major-league.

 

That's your opinion and you are entitled to it. I disagree. So now what? 

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5 hours ago, Ferdinand Cesarano said:

 

Ducks?  Coming right up.

 

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The word "sox", when preceded by anything but a colour, screams "minor league goofiness".  It's the baseball equivalent of youth hockey's gratuitous use of "ice" in names such as "Ice Dogs", "Ice Cats", "Ice Wolves".

 

A good rule of thumb: if the thing named by your nickname does not actually exist (e.g.: a sky sock; an ice cat), then what you have there is not major-league calibre.

 

And, as @RichO pointed out earlier, regional identifiers (such as "High Desert" or "Lake County") automatically rule a name out of sounding major-league.

There are many sky socks, unless everyone flies barefoot. ;)

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I'm gonna go ahead and do the honorable thing here by completely avoiding triple-A teams, considering a good half/two-thirds of them have relatively major league-sounding names.

 

-Harrisburg Senators

-Trenton Thunder

-Birmingham Barons

-Jackson Generals

-Tennessee Smokies

-Arkansas Travelers

-San Antonio Missions

-Stockton Ports

-Myrtle Beach Pelicans

-Bradenton Marauders

-Clearwater Threshers

-Dayton Dragons

-Peoria Chiefs

-Brooklyn Cyclones

-Boise Hawks

-Spokane Indians

-Vancouver Canadians

-Billings Mustangs

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I still think that the two Oklahoma City Redhawks look before becoming the OKC Dodgers was a perfect major league look and name. The brick red and black of the original Redhawks look, which is from the brick red of our downtown, called Bricktown, with the OKC monogram of the last look would have been amazing as a MLB team.

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