Major League Baseball has a way of taking itself WAY too seriously – it’s certainly lightened up in recent years, but that’s half the reason we started this site in the first place, to inch it along.
BUT Minor League Baseball has had no such problems. Without jam-packed stadiums in major cities with star players to root on night-after-night and long, storied franchises, Minor League teams need other ways to attract attention. Sometimes, that’s as simple as wacky and crazy theme nights or promotional giveaways, but sometimes, it’s all about a good old fashioned crazy team name.
Many Minor League squads have held contests to rename their team/mascot over the years (and some other organizations just have the right vision), and the results tend to be excellent:
I'd add the …
… to that list.
— Michael Cerami (@Michael_Cerami) November 13, 2018
But one of my all-time favorites is one of the newest: The Amarillo Sod Poodles.
Here’s a look at their big reveal:
— Amarillo Sod Poodles (@sodpoodles) November 13, 2018
The Sod Poodles, formerly the San Antonio Missions, are the new Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres starting in 2019. Their team name was decided in a “name-the-team” contest, with four other finalists, including the Boot Scooters, Bronc Busters, Jerky, and Long Haulers.
Although a team named “Jerky” would’ve been pretty funny, I think they went with the right choice, despite the fact that the local community isn’t actually all that on-board (LOL).
Maybe we should start re-naming Major Leauge teams next. I’d root on The Chicago Dogs (oh wait, that’s already a team). In fact, it’s the very team who’s manager routinely looses his mind!
Oh, baseball. Never change.