With the changes in ownership and stadium upstate, the Yankees are going to be tougher to hate.
If you’ve been following the continuing saga of our upstate rivals, you know some changes are afoot in the Northern Division of the AAA International League of baseball. Extensive stadium renovations are under way in Moosic. Go here to see cam/photos of the construction. As far as I know, it will still be PNC Field (PNC Park is in Pittsburgh).
Along with the “new” stadium, comes new ownership. The Yankees will still be the MLB affiliate, but there have been changes in the ownership and lease structure for the team. I’m unsure of all the parties involved, but as a result of the process, a new team name will be chosen.
Oh, they’ll still be our rivals. They’re only an hour or so away, and we remember who they represent. But they’ll have a new disguise. Wanna help them choose it? Go here
Here’s the text from the team name finalists, taken from their website:
The Blast combines the over-the-top fun of MiLB with the tough miners who unearth coal to fuel America’s industrial revolution. It’s also the sound of the Yankees of tomorrow blasting home runs in front of a packed house at PNC Field.
Black Diamond Bears
Paying homage of the rich coal mining history of the SWB area combined with the ferociousness of the black bear, no one will want to mess with them on the field. The natural setting of PNC Field will be the perfect den for the Black Diamond Bears.
Watch the Fireflies light up the night sky at PNC Field in 2013. The state insect of Pennsylvania is a sure sign of summer time in NEPA. Families will have a glowing good time at the ballpark!
All aboard! We’re not just blowing steam with this one. The SWB express isn’t your ordinary ride on the rails. We’ll be charting our own course as we speed our way into the minds and hearts of NEPA baseball fans. Kids can join the Lil’ Conductors Club or you can shop for your favorite team gear at the Station.
This tough as “Quills” animal is a renegade native to Northeast Pennsylvania. The fighting, resilient spirit of the porcupine is the same spirit indicative to our area. With Pulled Porky-Pine Sandwiches, fans are sure enjoy the fun, creative nature that only Minor League Baseball can bring to the community.
Known as the “Electric City,” Scranton is home of America’s very first electric trolley car. A trolley frog is not only a mechanical part of a trolley, it takes us into a creative world of frogs, lily pads and snapping tongues.
You can go there and vote, if you wish, but we all know it’s going to be the Trolley Frogs, right? It’s the goofiest choice and has the best marketing/family appeal. Advice to SWB, though: When choosing a mascot name, please keep in mind that those with French Heritage may be offended by the use of the term “Frog.”