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Ooooops, don’t know why the text didn’t come through.

 

Went to a Portland Diamond Project event today where six local designers presented concepts for a potential Portland MLB Franchise.  Logos, hats, and uniforms.  Great, creative concepts by everyone.

 

Team Names

- Portland Swifts

- Portland Buds

- Portland Pines

- Portland Steelheads

- Portland River Rats

- Portland Californians, lol

 

Pictures below:

 

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TBH those all look like rejected minor league team names/logos.  It's much more likely that whoever moves in retains their previous name.

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Why does the Portland River Rat look like a rejected Itchy and Scratchy sidekick? Is this some sly tribute to Oregon native Matt Groening?

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I really dig a couple of these for Minor League, and could definitely see a major rebrander like Brandiose design something like these too.  For Major League Baseball though, they dont have that traditional look at all.  The River Rats and Steelheads could easily be a MiLB branding, while the rest I think would be something alonf the lines of college (Pines) or Sunday League/Softball (Buds)

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The Pines one is kind of decent (if we're talking 1970s revivalism/aping the Blazers), but the rest look like under-designed Brandiose clones. I'm not a fan.

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I think the Steelheads and Pines ones have potential, but the rest are goofy. Did you snap a pic of the Californians concept?

 

Either way, thanks for sharing these.

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4 hours ago, coco1997 said:

I think the Steelheads and Pines ones have potential, but the rest are goofy. Did you snap a pic of the Californians concept?

 

Either way, thanks for sharing these.

Yeah, forgot to upload it.  Here ya go.  Definitely the most creative, from a tongue-in-cheek perspective.

 

These were all done for a fun / excitement building promo event.  As far as I know, none of them are actually in consideration for the new team.

 

That said, it was sponsored by the group trying to land a franchise in Portland so I don’t think it’s a given that any relocated team would keep their previous name. They’re clearly thinking about new branding.

 

I liked the Pines name and uniforms a lot. The logo was almost too minimalist for me (and I’m a huge fan of the 70’s Blazers look).

 

The Steelheads logo was superb, but the wordmarks and uniforms were pretty underwhelming.

 

The Buds has a great concept, but  I couldn’t get behind the colors, and I’m not sure I could root for a team called the “Buds”.

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11 hours ago, ChicagoOakland said:

Why does the Portland River Rat look like a rejected Itchy and Scratchy sidekick? Is this some sly tribute to Oregon native Matt Groening?

 

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"The River Rat died on the way back to Portland."

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In case it's not immediately apparent, Swifts isn't just an allusion to speed. Swifts are a small migratory bird that for five weeks every September roost inside the chimney of a 1920s Portland elementary school as part of their pilgrimage south. Each evening at sunset they gather above the school and funnel themselves into the chimney, a natural visual spectacle here in Portland that regularly draws big crowds.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vaux's_swift

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15 hours ago, Webfooter said:

TBH those all look like rejected minor league team names/logos.  It's much more likely that whoever moves in retains their previous name.

 

Yet, they're all the most Portland names, ever.

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The names and logos aren't the worst things, though they seem way more minor league than major league but man pretty much every jersey there is complete trash. I can't imagine any MLB team wearing jerseys like that. 

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1 hour ago, kimball said:

 

Yet, they're all the most Portland names, ever.

 

I'd like to see a concept for a team called the Portland Cascades. 

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22 minutes ago, coco1997 said:

 

I'd like to see a concept for a team called the Portland Cascades. 

This remains my preferred choice for a Portland MLB team. Just be prepared for the avalanche (pun intended) or critics pointing out that MLB already has a team named for a mountain range. 

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8 minutes ago, gosioux76 said:

This remains my preferred choice for a Portland MLB team. Just be prepared for the avalanche (pun intended) or critics pointing out that MLB already has a team named for a mountain range. 

 

Same here. I'd also enjoy "Stags," since we have so few deer-based team names in sports.

 

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Pines (but not that 1970s-style logo) would be OK, as would Beavers and Mavericks. I'm sure there's going to be a big pro-Beavers contingent among the fans (history), along with Mavericks (the famed independent team). 

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