2016 April 23: Baseball - Stockton Ports
2016 April 17: Hockey - Ontario Reign
2016 April 10: Baseball - Toros de Tijuana
2016 April 3: Hockey - Mississippi RiverKings
2016 March 28: Hockey - Stockton Heat
Here at Chez BLF, April means three things: pollen, baseball, and more damn pollen. Let's forget about pollen and turn our attention to baseball.
As happens every year, there are some teams moving or folding in various places. All in all, though, it's been a fairly stable offseason. Here's a rundown of what's happened:
In the American Association, the Amarillo Thunderheads and Grand Prairie AirHogs have merged into a single team called the Texas Airhogs. The Texas Airhogs will be splitting the season, playing some games in Amarillo and Grand Prairie. The merger is supposed to be for only one season; we'll see next year if that turns out to be the case.
In the Frontier league, the Rockford Aviators have folded. The league had been running a road-only team, the Frontier Greys, to keep the league at an even number of teams. Since they are no longer needed, the Greys are gone as well.
The Eastern League's New Britain Rock Cats are now the Hartford Yard Goats. Taking their places is the Atlantic League's New Britain Bees, formerly the Camden Riversharks. Finally, down in the South Atlantic League the Savannah Sand Gnats are now the Columbia Fireflies.
Finally, several teams haven't moved but have changed logos: the International League's Norfolk Tides, the Mexican League's Diablos Rojos de México, and the Pacific Coast League's Tacoma Rainiers.
Our condolences to the fans in Rockford, Camden, and Savannah who are now without a local team to watch this season.
"What's the Bush League Factor?" you may be thinking.
Basically, it's a not-too-serious attempt at quantifying how lousy some of the logos in minor league hockey and baseball are. Certain offenses have been catalogued -- cartoony logos, logos with irrelevant features in them (such as a bear in the logo for a team called the "Aces"), trendy and/or garish colors, and so forth. Each offense has been given a point value, and the scores have been added up.
Some people would say that I need to get a life, and they may be right, but until then I'm going to keep working on this.
Updates should come roughly once a week during the season...maybe more often, maybe less. Keep checking to see what I have to say. With every update one team (sometimes more if I'm feeling ambitious) will be spotlighted. Teams will be done in a seemingly random order (it isn't, but the exact order is left as an exercise to the reader).
Navigation is fairly straightforward. Look at the links on the left and click on the team or department you want to go to.
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