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Top Ten Tuesdays: San Diego Booya
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
As exciting as MLB is, it is imperative that we do not forget about MLB’s sad little brother, the MiLB (minor leagues, ovb!), and not just because those farms are home to many fine prospects to monitor. Nay, the real reason I so enjoy following the minor league teams is less about the anticipation of future major leaguers (though please don’t get me wrong – of course I am obsessed with tracking the progress of potential future Yanks) and more about the joy I get out of the ridiculous names these poor teams are saddled with. From the Modesto Nuts to the Lake Elsinore Storm, there are some real winners… let’s look at some of my favorites!

Top Ten Bestest Minor League Team Names:
10) Lake Elsinore Storm (watch out y’all… we’re coming atcha like a hurricane! A hurricane from… um… Riverside, CA, where there has never been a hurricane or anything close to it. Ever.)
9) Lowell Spinners (like a top? They could spin outta control at any moment!)
8) Winston-Salem Warthogs (nothing says “intimidation” like a fat [and delicious] animal that oinks a lot)
7) Louisville Bats (not sure if they are referring to the flying rat animal or the thing they swing at baseballs … but either way, it’s very weak)
6) Chattanooga Lookouts (lookout for better teams!)
5) Albuquerque Isotopes (either someone really likes the Simpsons… or they just really like chemistry.)
4) Round Rock Express (express WHAT? Train service? Denny’s breakfast? Losing?)
3) Lansing Lugnuts (I imagine the meeting went like this: “How about Wrenches?” “Nope, how about Screws?” “Nah… I’ve got the winner… LUGNUTS”)
2) Nashville Sounds (the sounds of silence from the crowd)
1) Savannah Sand Gnats (clearly they have no respect for themselves and no aspirations of becoming say, a sand crab or maybe a starfish)


posted by Yankees Chick @ Tuesday, November 27, 2007  
  • At 5:54 PM, Blogger Ian said…

    My first year working in the minor leagues I worked for the Albany Polecats, who were the Orioles single-a team team at the time.

    If you don't know what a Polecat is, it is a skunk. So yes I worked for a team with a skunk as it's mascot.

    Good stuff as usual.

  • At 7:35 PM, Anonymous Grady in (Toledo) Ohio said…

    C'mon now....what about the team that started the trend to all these goofy nicknames (80+ years ago)?
    Ladies and Gentlemen, your Toledo Mud Hens!

  • At 11:50 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The 2008 AAA affiliate of the Phillies will be the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs.

    Has to do with pig iron. Bethlehem Steel.

  • At 12:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    and let's not forget the Vermont "Lake Monsters!"
    home of the oldest grandstand in baseball (or whatever) fun stadium tho.

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Matthew said…

    The Spinners, I've always assumed, were named after Lowell's history as a mill town - industry, textile mills, etc. Not nearly as much fun as your idea, haha.

    I always hate minor league teams that just take on the major league team's name (Pawtucket Red Sox - you couldn't do any better?!). At least we've got the Spinners AND the Sea Dogs!

  • At 9:43 AM, Blogger Vegaskev said…

    I live in Edmonton Alberta and we have the Northern League's Edmonton Crackercats. I am not sure what a Crackercat is but the name is kinda cool.

  • At 2:15 PM, Blogger Travis said…

    Gotta tell you, none of those comes close to the new team over here in Allentown, PA:

    The Lehigh Valley IronPigs!

    It doesn't even make enough sense to make it worth mocking. Just saying it is mockery enough.

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