Top 20 Minor League Baseball Team Names

6 Dec

We know that a list citing the best minor league team names has been done many times before. But our loyal readers (both of them), have demanded that we put our spin on such a list. And who are we to disappoint our readers?

When our editorial team first decided to tackle such a prestigious list, we started to think of all the names that we originally thought were ridiculously corny. But the more we looked at these names, the more we started to actually like the corniness of them. In the end, we decided that we were going to applaud those teams daring enough to call themselves Crawdads. With that, we give you the 20 Best Minor League Baseball Team Names (they’re good ‘cuz they’re bad):
#20:  Everett Aqua Sox
In a world where Major League Baseball is dominated by socks colored both red and white, this Mariners affiliate is not afraid to get away from the boring colors of the rainbow. Go Aqua Sox. And we love that silly little frog logo.
#19: Hickory Crawdads
This Texas Rangers Class A affiliate would sit higher on our list if the real crawdads weren’t so impossible to open. Don’t you hate when you see the waiter bring them over and you think you’re getting a succulent mini lobster, but then you can open the darn things?
#18: Jamestown Jammers
Nobody likes to jam more than The Max. And we also like marmalade.
#17: Frisco RoughRiders
Perhaps no other team in pro sports has taken as big a risk with their name than the RoughRiders. Sure, Frisco isn’t really San Francisco. But it sure sounds like it might be. And should a team from Frisco really be called the RoughRiders? That’s quite a leap of faith they took there. We’re just shocked that their logo isn’t rainbow colored. And finally, anytime you can put two words together to make one, we’re in.
#16: Toledo Mud Hens
It’s such a classic Minor League Baseball team name that no list would be complete without it.
#15: Vermont Lake Monsters
Whoa, scary. We were frightened just by typing their name. Imagine how their opposition must feel when stepping into the batters’ box.
#14: Auburn Doubledays
As a reader of The Max, you could understand why we think using Abner Doubleday’s name is a pretty cool concept. Plus, they are from Auburn… it kinda sounds like Abner (if you’re slurring your words after having a few chardonnays).
#13: Missoula Osprey
Anytime we have to thumb through the dictionary to find out what a team name means, we’re impressed. It makes us a little smarter, even if tomorrow we are going to forget that an osprey is a raptor with a six-foot wingspan.
#12: Greensboro Grasshoppers
This Florida Marlins affiliate has gone to great lengths to prove that you don’t have to be called the Lions, Tigers or Bears to be considered a formidable opponent. By the way, what’s an osprey again?
#11: Great Lakes Loons
With a 2008 record of 24-46, you would have to be a little loony to root for this L.A. Dodgers affiliate.
#10: Casper Ghosts
To be honest, we would have boycotted baseball altogether if there was a team from Casper, Wyoming, and they weren’t called the Ghosts. Great job out of those hicks down in the mountains.
#9: Winston Salem Warthogs
Well, now that we are actually typing it, we don’t love the Warthogs as much as we originally thought. But our laptop battery is dying and to move it higher in the list would take much more thought than we are prepared to give right now. Plus, the representatives from Ernst & Young (Andy Sale and John Nendick… tough name, he’s luck that “e” is not an “o”) have already counted our votes and put them into that haliburton of theirs. So, the list is kinda already official.
#8: New Orleans Zephyrs
According to our research team, the dictionary lists a zaphyr as a gentle breeze. Don’t tell the New Orleans Zephyrs, though. Their logo suggest that they think it’s a mean-looking beaver. Congrats to this Marlins affiliate for not settling for the wimpy definition of zephyr and creating their own. We like that.
#7: Montgomery Biscuits
Who doesn’t love biscuits? Check out their logo, too. It’s so cute. Did we just use the word cute?
#6: Lansing Lugnuts
We’re not gonna lie to you – we bumped up the Lugnuts a few spots because we feel so bad for the automotive industry right now. We figured if the public saw them in our Top 10, they might be encouraged to support Detroit a little bit more (go buy a car before you read the Top 5… No, not a Nissan. Get yourself a Ford).

#5: Savannah Sand Gnats

The Sand Gnats made our Top 5 not because they are so darn pesky, but because Borat visited them in Borat’s Guide to the USA, episode five. Google it.
#4: Lehigh Valley IronPigs
We’ve never actually seen an iron pig, but we’re picturing a cartoon hog at the gym doing situps. Maybe he has a sweatband on his head to let everybody know that he’s gonna workout really really hard.
#3: Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Again with the two words molded together as one. Oh, so witty. At this point, though, don’t you think these professional baseball players could afford real cloth hats? Where the heck did the money from their signing bonuses go?
#2: Albuquerque Isotopes
Believe it or not, this Florida Marlins affiliate got their name from The Simpsons. Yes, The Simpsons. In a 2001 episode of the show, Homer Simpson tries to prevent the Isotopes from moving to Albuquerque. Talk about life imitating art.
#1: Kansas City Royals
Wait, what? The Royals aren’t a minor league baseball team? But isn’t Alberto Callaspo their second baseman? There’s no way he plays in the bigs.

5 Responses to “Top 20 Minor League Baseball Team Names”

  1. Jane Heller December 6, 2008 at 6:14 pm #

    I’m torn between the Toledo Mud Hens because, as you pointed out, it’s a classic name and also because Hank Steinbrenner once made a crack about them….and the Casper Ghosts because the name is just too cute.

  2. juliasrants December 6, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Aren’t you concerned about having the Osprey near the Grasshoppers? After all the bird might eat the bug.


  3. mlbmark December 6, 2008 at 8:50 pm #

    Hey, will catch up with you during the week. Both YES blogs would be in our MLB PRO BLOGS “Latest Leaders” and great job as usual on them — I omitted intentionally this time because when we created these I was told they aren’t technically part of “MLBlogs Network”. If that’s no big deal then we’ll get you back in that list for the future…but would prefer to include the MLBlogs Network strip across the top — might want to ask M Keely what he thinks. Thanks!


  4. themaxblog December 6, 2008 at 10:23 pm #

    We completely understand, Mark. This is quite an unprecedented situation. And if it means you can’t include us, we know that it’s not because you don’t want to. Of course, knowing that you pull a lot of weight within the community, we would love to somehow be linked to what you are doing to help increase awareness for The Max. Like you said, let’s catch up some time next week. Perhaps we should pull Keely in as you suggested. Take care.

  5. welikeroywelikeroy December 7, 2008 at 12:41 pm #

    The Blue Jays got the Vegas name this season. The 51’s, after the fictional, or is it?, Area 51. Suprised that didn’t make the list, but the Doubledays and Lugnuts are also Blue Jay affiliates. My favorite is the Isotopes personally. I want to go to Albuquerque to see if they have ‘Dancin Homer’ or the ‘Capital City Goofball’ as their mascot.

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