Burmy Posted October 22, 2008 Share Posted October 22, 2008 http://www.morningjournal.com/articles/200...ws/mj150261.txtAvon picks top choices for new pro team nameWednesday, October 22, 2008 7:11 AM EDTBy ALAN INGRAMaingram@MorningJournal.comAVON ? Baseball fans now have an idea of who they'll root, root, root for when they head out to a ball game in Avon next summer.The list of possible names for the Frontier League team that will begin play in Avon next year is down to five ? the Ohio Groove, the Lorain County Ironmen, the Avon Red Tails, the Cleveland Artichokes and the Lake Erie Crushers. Fans can vote for the team name at www.avonprobaseball.com beginning this morning. An end date for the contest has not yet been determined, said Nicolle Meyer, director of Community and Media Relations for Avon Professional Baseball. The Morning Journal is sponsoring the Name the Team Contest."The community's response has been incredible," APB General Manager Ryan Gates said in a press release. "Fans put a lot of thought into their entries. Not only were many of the names extremely creative, but fans also took the time to explain the name's significance to the region, providing valuable insight in to the history and culture of the area that we can incorporate into our overall brand. Thanks to the wide pool of names, we were able to select the very best of the best."The initial phase of the naming contest drew 817 entries, Meyer said. There were some entries that repeated, even when it came to the finalists.While only one person suggested the Ohio Groove and Cleveland Artichokes, two people suggested the Lake Erie Crushers, four people suggested the Avon Red Tails and five people suggested the Lorain County Ironmen.According to information from Avon Professional Baseball, the Ohio Groove name symbolizes Cleveland's rock and roll history and the glacial grooves at Kelleys Island. The Lake Erie Crushers recognizes the vineyards in Lorain County and crushing grapes to make wine.The Avon Red Tails name is in honor of the red tail hawk that is around Lorain County and near the team's new stadium at Interstate 90 and SR 611. The Lorain County Ironmen name would recognize Lorain County's industrial history.The name Cleveland Artichokes symbolizes that the area has soil that is good for growing vegetables.The committee that selected the finalists' names included the team's front office staff and the owners' family and children. Input was also gathered from local community members and organizations, Meyer said."The winner is going to receive a fantastic prize package of tickets and merchandise, and they will be recognized at a home game next summer," she said.If the chosen name was suggested by more than one person, they will not all get a prize package, Meyer said. A random drawing was conducted, so only one person will get credit for the name.Avon Professional Baseball hopes to unveil the results of the contest, as well as the logo, before Thanksgiving, she said. Plan B Branding will start design concepts for all five of the team name finalists.Ohio Groove: Could work-great ties to the Rock n' Roll Hall of FameLorain County Ironmen: So, is Robert Downey Jr. going to throw out the first pitch?Avon Red Tails: Yes. If there's one type of mascot baseball loves, it's a bird.Cleveland Artichokes: NO WAY. 1) That's a good way to get bypassed for the Indians, 2) I can see too many bad jokes being made about themLake Erie Crushers: Sorry, but the name explanation makes me think that the team will specialize on making the ball hit a certain spot (at that point, the opposing team could be called the Steers)Your thoughts? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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