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Negro Leagues Kansas City Monarchs reborn as independent team

January 21, 2021 - 19:16 PM

The longest-running team in the storied history of Negro Leagues has been revived in the form of a team in the independent American Association. The Kansas City T-Bones, who have played in Kansas City, Kansas, since 1993, made the surprise announcement today that in partnership with the Negro Leagues Baseball

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Danville Baseball Team looking for name suggestions

January 22, 2021 - 23:10 PM

If there’s a silver lining to the reorganization of minor league baseball, which caused more than 40 teams to lose their affiliation with Major League parent clubs, it’s that all 10 teams in the Appalachian League will get unique nicknames. The Appy League, as it’s known to friends and family,

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Collegiate summer league reboots Negro Leagues’ Portland Rosebuds

January 25, 2021 - 21:01 PM

The Wild Wild West League, a four-team summer wood bat baseball league for high school and college players, was formed in 2020 by the Portland (Oregon) Pickles in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The league announced it will continue in 2021, featuring two new teams, the Willamette Wild Bills and

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Battered Bastards of Baseball Reborn

January 26, 2021 - 17:40 PM

In the violently shifting landscape of minor league baseball, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, one of more than 40 teams to lose its Major League affiliation, have given rise to a new independent league that features, among others, a reboot of an iconic band of misfits and outcasts from the 1970s, the

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So this is the trend now in independent minor league ball: Create four teams of your own, house them in your stadium, and then launch a single-location circuit. Sort of like a barnstorming tour, but without the barnstorming. 

 

The Portland Pickles this week announced something similar with its Gherkins' wood bat club anchoring a four-team circuit that will include the reborn Portland Rosebuds. An independent team out here in the St. Louis area, the O'Fallon Hoots, did something similar last season with a college summer league that included six teams, one being the Hoots, the other with names apparently selected at random, such as the Cavemen and Cornbelters. 

 

It's an enterprising way to make use of an otherwise dormant stadium and pull in some new merchandise sales. 

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On 1/26/2021 at 12:59 PM, gosioux76 said:

So this is the trend now in independent minor league ball: Create four teams of your own, house them in your stadium, and then launch a single-location circuit. Sort of like a barnstorming tour, but without the barnstorming. 

 

The Portland Pickles this week announced something similar with its Gherkins' wood bat club anchoring a four-team circuit that will include the reborn Portland Rosebuds. An independent team out here in the St. Louis area, the O'Fallon Hoots, did something similar last season with a college summer league that included six teams, one being the Hoots, the other with names apparently selected at random, such as the Cavemen and Cornbelters. 

 

It's an enterprising way to make use of an otherwise dormant stadium and pull in some new merchandise sales. 


This isn't far off from how women's roller derby leagues have organized for the past decade and some change.

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Stirring Up Debate: Introducing the Burlington Sock Puppets

February 1, 2021 - 15:06 PM

If your city once laid claim to the title “Hosiery Capital of the South” and you’re trying to name a minor league baseball team, it would be almost criminally negligent not to seize on that fact. To that end, just moments ago, the Appalachian League’s franchise in Burlington, North Carolina,

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Appy League introduces Bristol State Liners in flurry of rebrands

February 1, 2021 - 20:14 PM

The Appalachian League baseball team that plays in the Twin Cities of Bristol, Tennessee, and Bristol, Virginia, heretofore the Bristol Pirates, is reviving a century-old nickname of one of the cities’ previous teams. The original Bristol State Liners made their Appalachian League debut in 1921 and played for five seasons.

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On 1/26/2021 at 1:59 PM, gosioux76 said:

So this is the trend now in independent minor league ball: Create four teams of your own, house them in your stadium, and then launch a single-location circuit. Sort of like a barnstorming tour, but without the barnstorming. 

 

The Portland Pickles this week announced something similar with its Gherkins' wood bat club anchoring a four-team circuit that will include the reborn Portland Rosebuds. An independent team out here in the St. Louis area, the O'Fallon Hoots, did something similar last season with a college summer league that included six teams, one being the Hoots, the other with names apparently selected at random, such as the Cavemen and Cornbelters

 

It's an enterprising way to make use of an otherwise dormant stadium and pull in some new merchandise sales. 

Hannibal (MO) Cavemen were a team. As are the current Normal (IL) Cornbelters. 

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Johnson City's Appalachian League team has been rebranded as the Doughboys. The new identity was inspired by a statue - The Spirit of the American Doughboy - that sits just behind the team's home stadium, TVA Credit Union Ballpark. It's also a nod to the Johnson City Soldiers teams that represented the community for ten seasons in the Class D Southeastern (1910) and Appalachian (1911-13, 1921-24, 1937-38) Leagues. 

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Johnson City's Appalachian League team has been rebranded as the Doughboys.

The new identity was inspired by a statue - The Spirit of the American Doughboy - that sits just behind the team's home stadium, TVA Credit Union Ballpark. It's also a nod to the Johnson City Soldiers teams that represented the community for ten seasons in the Class D Southeastern (1910) and Appalachian (1911-13, 1921-24, 1937-38) Leagues.

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New Appy League team Johnson City Doughboys pays homage to WW1 soldiers

February 3, 2021 - 01:10 AM

The Johnson City Doughboys are the third of ten Appalachian League teams to announce rebrands this offseason. The Doughboys nickname draws on patriotic pride, and specifically pays homage to a “Doughboys” statue, the only of its kind in the state of Tennessee, located near the team’s stadium. The term Doughboys

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Elizabethton's Appalachian League team has been rebranded as the River Riders. The new identity is inspired by the recreational opportunities available to water sports enthusiasts on the rivers in and around Elizabethton - particularly on the Watauga River, which flows by just beyond Joe O'Brien Field's outfield fence. Front and center on both the team's primary league logo and alternate logo is Rookie, the mascot of Elizabethton's Appy League team since 2005.  

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