2015 February 17: Hockey - Cincinnati Cyclones
2015 January 9: Hockey - Adirondack Flames
2014 December 28: Hockey - Lehigh Valley Phantoms
2014 November 13: Hockey - Indy Fuel
2014 August 30: Baseball - Sioux City Explorers
Spring is here, so baseball can't be far behind. But before the reviews can begin, we must observe the sad ritual of saying goodbye to teams that did not survive the winter. Fortunately, the winter was not nearly so cruel to minor league teams as it was to, say, Boston. Only three cities have lost their teams: After 21 seasons in Jamestown NY, the Jammers of the New York Penn League have moved to Morgantown WV to become the West Virginia Black Bears. In the Southern League, the Huntsville Stars have relocated to become the Biloxi Shuckers. And in the Mexican League, los Petroleros de Minatitlán have moved from the southeastern part of the country to the northwestern part to become los Toros de Tijuana. My condolences to the fans of Jamestown, Huntsville, and Minatitlán.
There are numerous other changes in the landscape this spring as well. The Can-Am Association has added two teams: the Ottawa Champions and the Sussex County (NJ) Miners. The American Association has added the Joplin Blasters. Meanwhile, numerous teams have changed their names: the AA's Amarillo Sox are now the Amarillo Thunderheads, the Florida State League's Daytona Cubs are now the Daytona Tortugas, the Midwest League's South Bend Silver Hawks are now the South Bend Cubs, and the Oklahoma City Redhawks are now the Oklahoma City Dodgers. And down in Mexico, los Acereros have ended the confusion and are now officially los Acereros del Norte.
The baseball pages have been updated to reflect these changes. The
actual reviews will debut in early April.
"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.
If you wish to contact me, the best way is through the Facebook page. If you're old school and prefer e-mail, my username is daniel and my domain is the same as that for this page. I avoid putting the two together because I get more than enough spam as it is. Be warned that I often go months without checking the e-mail for this site, whereas I'm on Facebook fairly often. Comments are welcome and encouraged. Particularly witty comments may get put on the website. Particularly stupid ones may as well. Sending me e-mail regarding the Bush League Factor constitutes acceptance of these terms (which is a fancy way of saying, "No, you can't sue me for putting your e-mail on the webpage!").
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