The Chicago Cubs’ new Low-A affiliate in South Bend has been having a whole lot of fun with their new organization. From switching the team’s name to the Cubs, to crazy interactions with the other affiliates on Twitter, to a number of contests, the South Bend Cubs are working hard to quickly imprint themselves on Cubs fans.

To that end, the South Bend Cubs have also added a new bear-like mascot, which they asked fans to help name:

From the hundreds of submissions they received, they’ve narrowed things down to four finalists:

  • Colfax
  • Harry Beary
  • Stu
  • Bend E. Bear

The winner will be chosen via fan vote, so it’s up to you what name the pants-wearing bear mascot will don.

In case you’re wondering, Colfax is forĀ Schuyler Colfax, a former vice president who is buried in South Bend. (If you can name the president under whom he served without looking it up, you win snaps from me.) As for Stu, I’m assuming it’s short for Studebaker, which was in South Bend.





As for the other two names, they elicited a mild chuckle from me. Harry Beary is awfully on the nose, though, and Bend E. Bear sounds like a mascot who will be required to do contortionist maneuvers at every home game.

All in all, I like Harry Beary as a joke, but Stu would get my vote for an actual mascot name. There’s a nice historical connection, and it sounds like a clean, simple name. Plus, he looks like a Stu.

UPDATE: Jim provides a little context for Bend E. Bear:




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