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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FOND DU LAC DOCK SPIDERS
Hirsute arachnid with a body built for the game
FLORIDA FIRE FROGS
Fire-belching amphibian should be catching a fly
JACKSONVILLE JUMBO SHRIMP
Angry crustacean is where oxymoronic meets moronic
BINGHAMTON RUMBLE PONIES
'Roided-up equine can't decide if it's batting or boxing
NEW ORLEANS BABY CAKES
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."
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.