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How Lo Can They Go

Minor league teams strike up the brand
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FOLLOWING THE PATH of the Hartford Yard Goats, a Rockies Double A affiliate, and the Savannah (Ga.) Bananas, a Coastal Plain League team, minor league squads are adopting attention-getting names that lend themselves to zany, merchandise-friendly logos. This off-season has brought five new entries, ranked from best to worst.

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TEAM

MLB AFFILIATION

LEVEL

LOGO DESCRIPTION

FOND DU LAC DOCK SPIDERS

none

college summer

Hirsute arachnid with a body built for the game

FLORIDA FIRE FROGS

Braves

Class A

Fire-belching amphibian should be catching a fly

JACKSONVILLE JUMBO SHRIMP

Marlins

Double A

Angry crustacean is where oxymoronic meets moronic

BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES

Mets

Double A

'Roided-up equine can't decide if it's batting or boxing

NEW ORLEANS BABY CAKES

Marlins

Triple A

Street-tough infant bearing teeth and crown

THEY SAID IT

"I HAVEN'T REALLY TALKED TO ANYBODY. I DO TALK TO MY WIFE ON OCCASION."

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State coach, when asked if he'd recently caught up with his former player Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins.

SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

Two Hollywood producers are developing a film about the NBA star who ended Cleveland's title drought: Matthew Dellavedova.