Baseball is in a weird spot right now. Sadly, baseball is a sport whose (boomer) fans insist on players and younger fans more or less not being able to enjoy the game. Despite this, it sure has some pretty electric team names and marketing outside of the traditional Major League franchises.The Minor Leagues have pretty much become synonymous with crazy ass nicknames, with teams pushing boundaries that most other sports wouldn’t dare touch. Hopefully now that The Show is coming to Xbox, the popularity of these teams will surge. With the season beginning soon, let’s run through the top 5 most electric team names in minor league baseball:
#5 Hillsboro Hops
Based out of Hillsboro, Oregon, the Hops are the High-A affiliate of the Diamondbacks. They are also named after one of our favorite things: beer. At first glance, their logo just looks like a normal green hop wearing a navy blue and white hat. However, upon further inspection, the hop actually has some spooky eyes and a creepy-ass smile that resemble a different mascot. It looks more like a D-list horror movie monster than a baseball mascot. However, in the Minor Leagues, why can’t it be both? Hell, I’d watch that movie.
#4: Aberdeen IronBirdsAm I a little biased for including the Orioles’ High-A affiliate? Maybe. But you can’t deny that it’s a pretty creative name. (editor’s note: it’s a fucking plane. You’re biased, Coleman.) The team is named for former Orioles great and current Aberdeen owner Cal Ripken Jr. The black-orange-grey-blue color scheme is very nice, and their alternate Steamed Crabs uniforms are absolutely golden.
#3: Everett AquaSox
The Mariners’ High-A affiliate features another of my favorite names in sports. Their logo is also a fan favorite featuring a cartoon frog over a crest that makes the logo look like it belongs on a Nickelodeon show. The frog is a mix between a Pacific tree frog and a Central American red-eyed tree frog, and Hall of Fame Orioles 3B Brooks Robinson. Now, I know you’re wondering, “How in the hell does that work?”. I don’t know, but I absolutely love it. The team also had one of the best troll jobs of 2020, printing and selling undefeated league champions t-shirts after the season was canceled due to COVID.
#2: Rocky Mountain VibesFirst, we have the Vibes coming from Colorado Springs. Despite not technically being a direct team affiliate in the MiLB, the Independent Pioneer League still remains affiliated with the MLB as a whole, so we’re including them. I mean just look at that logo. What other sport or market could you get a professional sports team with a (likely
#1: Rocket City Trash Pandas
Ok, now this just has to be the best name in all of the team sports. Based in a Huntsville, Alabama, the Angels’ Double-A affiliate represents everything we love about Minor League baseball: a cool alternate city name, a ridiculous nickname, and a kick-ass logo. I never considered the image of a raccoon flying through the air in a rocket-powered trash can. Now, I don’t know how I lived without this knowledge. If I were gifted enough to play professional baseball, I’d be more than proud to wear a Trash Pandas hat and jersey.
Which Electric Team Names Did I Miss?
Baseball in 2021 is hampered by some fans complaining about stupid unwritten rules any time a player looks like he’s having fun. We can’t prevent that, but we can still enjoy watching the game we love played by teams with ridiculous names and logos.
So (COVID permitting) get out, enjoy a ballpark beer or 7. Go support your local MiLB team for a few games this Spring and Summer. You won’t regret it! And make sure to let me know which electric team names I missed by tweeting at me.