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1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

I believe there are two eyes on the engine.

The wings are intended to look like a hood ornament.

Not a fan of the "motion six" being so drastically different from the other six in the main logo, while the 'hood ornament' mark uses both sixes identically.

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"Swinging logo. Check. Alternate 2-letter logo. Check. Threw an angry face on something weird. Check. Alright we're all set. Let's go hang out and pretend it took us awhile. Oh and we'll tell the press we spent 'nearly a year to finalize' because we were meeting with fans and taking into consideration all of their opinions, the game atmosphere, and the unique aspects that makes this town and their name stand out." ....

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

Nice, unique color palette. I like it. Kind of reminds me of the '90s Cleveland Cavs.

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While not minor-league, the new Worcester-based franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League has announced the five finalists in its "Name The Team" contest. According to the team website, they are:

  • Worcester Bravehearts - an homage to Worcester's brave men and women in uniform serving locally and abroad as well as a reference to "the Heart of the Commonwealth"
  • Worcester Canal Diggers - a reference to Worcester's industrial history where scores of Irish immigrants dug the Blackstone canal through the region
  • Worcester Freight Trains - a reference to Worcester's proud past and present operation of locomotives
  • Worcester Mighty Caseys - a nod to the "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" poem written by Ernest Thayer on Chatham Street in Worcester
  • Worcester True Blues - meaning "unwaveringly or staunchly loyal, especially to a person, a cause, etc.; the real deal" and a reference to Worcester's pride and blue collar heritage

Frankly, I can't say that any of them strike me as being particularly good. My gut tells me that they're going to go with Worcester Bravehearts. Of those five, I'd go with Canal Diggers. That said, my real preference would be to pay homage to Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" by naming the team the Worcester Nine. Barring that, I'd opt for the Worcester Blast in honor of the role the city has played in the fields of rocketry and space exploration (birthplace of rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard... home to David Clark Company, which has designed, developed, and manufactured air/space crew protective and communication equipment for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs... original home to Wyman-Gordon Company, one of the global leaders in forging aerospace parts... the first rocket propelled by liquid fuel launched in nearby Auburn, MA).

I know that due to problems with the previous franchise they're trying to get away from the Tornadoes, but there was a huge missed opportunity to name the team the Worcester Twisters.

The Worcester Tornado was a horrific event that killed 50+ people. While Hurricanes and other natural disasters hit areas across the country, that storm is officially called the "Worcester Tornado", and every time I heard the name, I thought of the storm, not the team.

Naming it the Twisters served a couple purposes...

1. Genericizing (made up word?) the nickname removes the reference to the specific storm, thus letting the nickname and team promote its own legacy.

2. Worcester Twisters rhymes! It's catchier and more fan-friendly.

I had an email conversation with Dan Simon about that, and he agreed Twisters would have been a better name. But it wasn't up to him for the name. He did design a great identity for them, however.

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While not minor-league, the new Worcester-based franchise in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League has announced the five finalists in its "Name The Team" contest. According to the team website, they are:

  • Worcester Bravehearts - an homage to Worcester's brave men and women in uniform serving locally and abroad as well as a reference to "the Heart of the Commonwealth"
  • Worcester Canal Diggers - a reference to Worcester's industrial history where scores of Irish immigrants dug the Blackstone canal through the region
  • Worcester Freight Trains - a reference to Worcester's proud past and present operation of locomotives
  • Worcester Mighty Caseys - a nod to the "Casey at the Bat: A Ballad of the Republic Sung in the Year 1888" poem written by Ernest Thayer on Chatham Street in Worcester
  • Worcester True Blues - meaning "unwaveringly or staunchly loyal, especially to a person, a cause, etc.; the real deal" and a reference to Worcester's pride and blue collar heritage

Frankly, I can't say that any of them strike me as being particularly good. My gut tells me that they're going to go with Worcester Bravehearts. Of those five, I'd go with Canal Diggers. That said, my real preference would be to pay homage to Ernest Thayer's "Casey at the Bat" by naming the team the Worcester Nine. Barring that, I'd opt for the Worcester Blast in honor of the role the city has played in the fields of rocketry and space exploration (birthplace of rocketry pioneer Robert Goddard... home to David Clark Company, which has designed, developed, and manufactured air/space crew protective and communication equipment for the Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Space Shuttle programs... original home to Wyman-Gordon Company, one of the global leaders in forging aerospace parts... the first rocket propelled by liquid fuel launched in nearby Auburn, MA).

I know that due to problems with the previous franchise they're trying to get away from the Tornadoes, but there was a huge missed opportunity to name the team the Worcester Twisters.

The Worcester Tornado was a horrific event that killed 50+ people. While Hurricanes and other natural disasters hit areas across the country, that storm is officially called the "Worcester Tornado", and every time I heard the name, I thought of the storm, not the team.

Naming it the Twisters served a couple purposes...

1. Genericizing (made up word?) the nickname removes the reference to the specific storm, thus letting the nickname and team promote its own legacy.

2. Worcester Twisters rhymes! It's catchier and more fan-friendly.

I had an email conversation with Dan Simon about that, and he agreed Twisters would have been a better name. But it wasn't up to him for the name. He did design a great identity for them, however.

I personally like Freight Trains, but that's because I love trains.

The Mighty Caseys, and even The Nine is kinda dumb, if only because it's been done before. There's a California League team (Visalia Oaks, I think?) that change their name for a few games a season to the Mudville Nine to honor that poem, and they absolutely knocked it out of the park in terms of identity.

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

Big downgrade from their old duds and their actual highway themed look.

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

Big downgrade from their old duds and their actual highway themed look.

InlandEmpire66ers.png

Honestly, I think the new package does the Route 66 theme better than the old one. There's plenty of roadside attractions with that style of artwork along what used to be the original Route 66.

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The Aberdeen Ironbirds of the NY-Penn League changed their colors to black, orange, and blue to simply black and orange, to match the parent club Orioles. They also got new jerseys, which are Under Armour. Basically, the new uniforms are racing stripes 2.0.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-aberdeen-ironbirds-to-switch-colors-to-orioles-black-and-orange-20131114,0,5284643.story

I actually really like them. Certainly not something you'd normally see from a short season team.

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The Aberdeen Ironbirds of the NY-Penn League changed their colors to black, orange, and blue to simply black and orange, to match the parent club Orioles. They also got new jerseys, which are Under Armour. Basically, the new uniforms are racing stripes 2.0.

http://www.baltimoresun.com/sports/orioles/blog/bal-aberdeen-ironbirds-to-switch-colors-to-orioles-black-and-orange-20131114,0,5284643.story

I actually really like them. Certainly not something you'd normally see from a short season team.

http://www.trbimg.com/img-1384439605/turbine/bal-aberdeen-ironbirds-to-switch-colors-to-ori-001/375

Julianne Hough endorses that template.

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

Big downgrade from their old duds and their actual highway themed look.

InlandEmpire66ers.png

Honestly, I think the new package does the Route 66 theme better than the old one. There's plenty of roadside attractions with that style of artwork along what used to be the original Route 66.

I love the color scheme (Dark Gray/Orange/Light Blue is a color scheme I've been wating to see happen) and the 1950s-style cartoon mechanic. That said, the "swinging mascot" trend needs to end (Immediately, Brandiose!), I'd dump the engine logo for a highway shield logo, and I'd at least tweak perhaps the hood-ornament logo. I might also consider changing the font for something actually used on highway shileds (or something very familar, spoilered for size):

Older (1926-1950s):

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More Recent (from ~1960s on)

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Maybe even use button copy (to help with night-time viewing), which is commonly associated with California (at least for me):

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In one of the worst internet articles ever, Bradenton unveiled the 2014 Florida State All Star Game logo. It'd be great if the article that talks about the logo actually...you know...actually included the logo so we could see what it looked like. But the logo is in tiny form on the team's website.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20131009&content_id=62739764&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t3390&sid=t3390

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In one of the worst internet articles ever, Bradenton unveiled the 2014 Florida State All Star Game logo. It'd be great if the article that talks about the logo actually...you know...actually included the logo so we could see what it looked like. But the logo is in tiny form on the team's website.

http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20131009&content_id=62739764&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_t3390&sid=t3390

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inland_empire_480x270_pt5u1z40_o8rgmazu.

1. The motor on the lower left...does it have an eye, or am I seeing things?

2. What's the significance of the bird (or whatever it is) and wings on the top right?

I will admit that I like the color combo and the two secondary wrench logos.

I believe there are two eyes on the engine.

The wings are intended to look like a hood ornament.

Not a fan of the "motion six" being so drastically different from the other six in the main logo, while the 'hood ornament' mark uses both sixes identically.

Yea I don't understand why the 6's have to be so different in the main logo. Really annoying. Couldn't they have done something more like this.

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