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My Top 3

  1. Raleigh Oaks
  2. Oak City Owls (though I'd go with the Raleigh Owls)
  3. Carolina Captains

But, honestly, I'd go with the Durham Bulls.

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Raleigh Triangles--since the area is part of the Research Triangle (along w/Chapel Hill & Durham)

 

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I am torn as to whether Captains or Owls would be the best nickname for a Raleigh-based MLB team.  On one hand, a Captains identity (a) goes well with Raleigh's status as the closest North Carolina city of its size to where Orville and Wilbur Wright made their first successful flight and (b) conveys a position of leadership (i.e. "captaincy") to which any self-respecting sports team desires.  On the other hand, any species of owl makes for a surprisingly fierce bird of prey, and Owls is definitely a more understated choice for a nickname that "strikes fear in the hearts of opponents" than Reapers or Revenge.  With all of that said, alliterative appeal notwithstanding, I prefer "Raleigh Captains" over "Carolina Captains" and favor "Raleigh Owls" above "Oak City Owls."

 

Tied for third in my mind are Hounds and Oaks.  A domestic dog of any breed, like a wild canine of any species or an owl of any species, is a carnivorous animal, and pretty much any animal in the dog family is known to hunt well as a member of a team, so a Raleigh Hounds identity has the potential to inspire an image of players who are very dedicated to one another and very eager to hunt together for a common goal and to fight together against a common foe ... and that is not even mentioning the likelihood of a "Release the Hounds!" custom among the team's fans.  Meanwhile, the oak tree is not only a long-recognized symbol of Raleigh, but is also known as a symbol of an enduring strength such as what a professional baseball team must have in order to succeed over a season with usually no more than one day off in any given week.

 

What I would rank fifth is Nobles.  In a vacuum, a Raleigh Nobles identity works due to its connotation of leadership, like Captains; to its connection to North Carolina's history in general, like Captains; and to having a clearly stronger tie to the history of Raleigh specifically than does Captains.  However, for Nobles to succeed as a Raleigh-based MLB club's nickname, the logo(s), wordmark(s), uniforms, and overall visual identity would have to be much less gaudy than what Gino Reyes is proposing for such a team on the Raleigh MLB campaign group's website.

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The Hounds is the only one in that group remotely appeals to me.

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I like Raleigh Owls only because I'm planning to use it for a basketball concept. Owls is just a great name in general for academics-focused cities.

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Raleigh Owls is cool. Not feeling a red and black scheme for them though. I think a dark charcoal or off-black paired with Carolina blue would look awesome. Colors similar to the previous Blue Jays look.

 

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Does every team in North Carolina need Carolina blue? I think the team really needs it’s own look and not just copy UNC

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A Raleigh-based professional sports team wearing "Carolina" (read: UNC-Chapel Hill) blue would run a high risk of alienating those with loyalties to Durham's royal-blue-wearing Duke University or to Raleigh's own red-clad North Carolina State University, just to name a couple of schools.  I think that a better choice of color scheme for a Raleigh team would be a pairing of red (for both NC State and the City of Raleigh itself) with a shade of blue that is darker than that of UNC-Chapel Hill but lighter than that of Duke (e.g. the Charlotte-based NFL Panthers' kind of blue).

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3 hours ago, Walk-Off said:

A Raleigh-based professional sports team wearing "Carolina" (read: UNC-Chapel Hill) blue would run a high risk of alienating those with loyalties to Durham's royal-blue-wearing Duke University or to Raleigh's own red-clad North Carolina State University, just to name a couple of schools.  I think that a better choice of color scheme for a Raleigh team would be a pairing of red (for both NC State and the City of Raleigh itself) with a shade of blue that is darker than that of UNC-Chapel Hill but lighter than that of Duke (e.g. the Charlotte-based NFL Panthers' kind of blue).

 

Yeah when I said Carolina blue I didn't mean it has to be exactly like the Tarheels' blue. The Carolina Panthers' blue, whatever you call it, was what I had in mind. I see that referred to as "Carolina blue" as well.

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If this were a minor league team, I love the Revenge concept, cap logo (although not the bloody primary) and color combination. The uniforms are beautiful and the Strike, Man, Strike patch is a really cool piece to tie it all together (although Sir Walter could use fewer tatoos)...just wouldn't fly for an MLB team

 

I like the owls a lot...not really much I would change in terms of design...it's very well done, but I don't know that Oak City carries much weight beyond the region. Therein lies the problem...Raleigh Owls loses the alliteration and just doesn't work as well, to me

 

The Raleigh Hounds is a solid name, but the logo isn't as good as the Charlotte Hounds logo, nor is the color scheme

 

The Raleigh Capitals has a great deal of history and could be a legitimate MLB name/identity, but the design is just ok...I love the cap logo, but the primary script should be the script on the 1959 score book , the colors are drab and boring, I'm not sure what the diamond "C" is for and the capital building logo is just not very good. This is the one that I think could be viable, with some tweaks to the visual identity. Something more along the lines of the generic "MLB Raleigh" branding, with more vibrant colors could make this a winner

 

Incidentally, I live just outside of Raleigh and had no idea that the MLB to Raleigh was even a thing. While the statistics they cite make this seem viable, I just don't see it happening...and if it did, I would be curious to see what happens to the Durham Bulls and that beautiful ballpark

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Captains, Owls, and Oaks would be my preference. I also would strongly prefer "Raleigh" to "Carolina" as it's just generally better when MLB teams refer to the city rather than the state (or states in this case).

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So..most of these sound like minor league teams. So even though the designs are nice, the names sound very amateur. With that being said, I'd go with the Carolina Captains. Looks the most MLBish. 

 

Edit: The Capitals and Oaks are ok as well.

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On 11/25/2019 at 11:28 PM, daveindc said:

 

Yeah when I said Carolina blue I didn't mean it has to be exactly like the Tarheels' blue. The Carolina Panthers' blue, whatever you call it, was what I had in mind. I see that referred to as "Carolina blue" as well.

 

Back in the day, I used to [somewhat] jokingly refer to that as "Ericcson cellphone blue"...

 

13 hours ago, jus2damcrazey219 said:

So..most of these sound like minor league teams. So even though the designs are nice, the names sound very amateur. With that being said, I'd go with the Carolina Captains. Looks the most MLBish. 

 

If that's the name they roll with (if this ever even gets off the ground), they should pull a New York Metropolitan Baseball Club move and just call themselves the Carolina Caps. Eventually "Captains" would get shortened to that, anyway, and given some of the quirkier names in MLB (the Sox, the Twins, the Phillies, the A's, even the Mets), it'd fit right in and not sound so strange.  And around that, they could build imagery to support their brand identity.

 

You know what? I'm calling that right now: "Carolina Caps". I'll provide shipping address for my flowers at a later date. 😁

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On 11/1/2019 at 7:21 PM, kimball said:

My Top 3

  1. Raleigh Oaks
  2. Oak City Owls (though I'd go with the Raleigh Owls)
  3. Carolina Captains

But, honestly, I'd go with the Durham Bulls.

Part of my impression of the Raleigh MLB initiative is that it has a hyperlocal "Raleigh first and only" focus, so I definitely do not expect the leaders of that group to want the MLB team of their dreams to have any identity, no matter how historic or popular, that is so connected to Durham -- Raleigh's longstanding primary economic rival within the near-eastern section of North Carolina.  The fact that every potential ballpark site being considered by the Raleigh MLB organization happens to lie within the City of Raleigh's boundaries should be proof enough of the provincialism of that campaign.

 

2 hours ago, Buc said:

they should pull a New York Metropolitan Baseball Club move and just call themselves the Carolina Caps. Eventually "Captains" would get shortened to that, anyway, and given some of the quirkier names in MLB (the Sox, the Twins, the Phillies, the A's, even the Mets), it'd fit right in and not sound so strange.  And around that, they could build imagery to support their brand identity.

 

You know what? I'm calling that right now: "Carolina Caps". I'll provide shipping address for my flowers at a later date. 😁

The Raleigh MLB group seems to be giving serious consideration to not only Captains, but also Capitals (a nickname used by multiple former minor-league baseball teams in Raleigh) and even RallyCaps, so having just plain Caps as the primary, official nickname is far too ambiguous for my tastes.  On the other hand, "Mets" is clearly short for "Metropolitans" (which happened to be the nickname of a late-19th-century professional baseball team in New York City), "Phillies" is the plural of a definitely established nickname for the City of Philadelphia, and "Twins" is a fairly obvious reference to the "Twin Cities" of Minneapolis and St. Paul and their shared metropolitan area.  ("A's," meanwhile, is simply a shortened variant of and secondary alternative to Athletics, the Oakland MLB team's official nickname.)

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Maybe it's just me or I'm just crazy 😜, but does anyone see a hidden squirrel in the Owls logo? It's cleverly complicated if so. 

 

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