Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Auburn Doubledays*
Augusta GreenJackets
Batavia Muckdogs
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Bluefield Blue Jays
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Bristol Pirates
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Burlington Bees
Burlington Royals
Calgary Vipers*
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Charlotte Stone Crabs
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Clinton LumberKings
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Danville Braves
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Elizabethton Twins
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Florida Fire Frogs*
Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greeneville Reds
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Hagerstown Suns
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Johnson City Cardinals
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kansas City T-Bones
Kingsport Mets
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Laredo Lemurs
Las Vegas 51s
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends*
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Beach Armada*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Osprey
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Britain Bees*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco
Omaha Storm Chasers
Orem Owlz
Ottawa Champions
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pawtucket Red Sox
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Pittsburg Diamonds
Portland Sea Dogs
Potomac Nationals
Potros de Tijuana*
Princeton Rays
Pulaski Mariners*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
River City Rascals
Rochester Red Wings
Rockland Boulders
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
San Rafael Pacifics
Saraperos de Saltillo
Sarasota Reds*
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders*
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
Sonoma Stompers
South Bend Cubs
Southern Illinois Miners
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints
State College Spikes
Staten Island Yankees
Stockton Ports
Sugar Land Skeeters
Sultanes de Monterrey
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Chiefs
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Tarpons*
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos*
Tennessee Smokies*
Texarkana Gunslingers*
Texas AirHogs
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Vermont Lake Monsters*
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
West Virginia Black Bears
West Virginia Power
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
York Revolution
Bowie Baysox 103

Notice: All logos on this page are included within the parameters of 17 U.S.C. § 107, which states that the reproduction of a copyrighted work for purposes of criticism and/or comment is not an infringement of copyright. No challenge to the copyrights of these logos is intended by their inclusion here.
Posted 2018 August 1

Okay, first things first: "Bowie" does not rhyme with "Joey". Nor does it rhyme with "Maui". It rhymes with "Louie". That's the proper pronunciation of the Scottish name, and the city of Bowie, Maryland is named after Maryland governor Oden Bowie, whose father had built the railroad to which the town owed its existence.

"But wait," some of you are thinking. "What about Jim Bowie, of the Alamo and Bowie knife fame? He pronounced it to rhyme with 'Joey'." No, he didn't. He rhymed it with "Louie".

"But the 'Bowie' in 'Bowie knife' rhymes with 'Joey'." No, it...well, it does and it doesn't. So many people pronounce it to rhyme with "Joey" that I'm not willing to say that's not a correct pronunciation. (This is basically how language change occurs: once enough people are doing something "wrong" it becomes right.) But the original pronunciation of "Bowie knife" had "Bowie" rhyming with "Louie", and that's also still a correct pronunciation, even if most people aren't aware of it.

"But David—" Oh, dear lord, where to begin? David Bowie wasn't sure how his name was pronounced. I'm not being flippant or insulting the man or anything like that. There is literally a video of him saying "I don't even know how to pronounce it anymore; I've lost track." When he first chose the name (you did know his real name was Jones, right?), he thought it rhymed with "Joey", but he later found out the proper Scottish pronunciation rhymed with "Louie", and of course by that time millions of his fans were pronouncing it to rhyme with "Maui". He once said he was fine with any of those pronunciations, so pronounce that one however you want.

But the city's name definitely rhymes with "Louie".

Incidentally, if you look at a map of Bowie, you'll notice something fairly odd. Streets that are near each other tend to start with the same letter. This apparently goes back to the 1950s, when a large parcel of land just outside the then-tiny town of Bowie was made into what essentially is a massive subdivision. That subdivision just outside Bowie quickly became a subdivision just inside Bowie, and probably accounts for over 90% of the land in the city. For some reason, whoever developed that land thought it would be amusing to create 24 little areas where the street names start with the same letter (there's no X or Z). Some of the letters have fairly small areas (the U section is only seven streets, with four of them being cul-de-sacs only a block or so long) and some of the areas have to come up with some fairly bizarre names to fit the pattern (the Q's give us Quoting Poet Court, Quantum Leap Lane, and Quarum Place, and yes that last one is Quarum not Quorum). The baseball team, incidentally, are just outside the city limits, so they manage to avoid this particular silliness.

Which is not to say they are devoid of silliness. There's the name, for example. The team is called the Baysox because Bowie is not located on the Chesapeake Bay. Yeah, sure, it's near the Bay. So is two thirds of the state of Maryland. Bowie isn't particularly close to the Bay, as the county it's in doesn't border the Bay. So trying to associate the city with the Chesapeake is a bit of a reach. I'm going to be nice and give them the "Local" bonus, but that's mostly out of pity because the team's score is still in triple digits even with that bonus and the logo, while not great, isn't that bad. That said, the way I see it the water in the team's logo must be the Patuxent River or something.

Then, of course, there's the whole idea of bay sox. As with my review several weeks back for Colorado Springs, I'm left wondering precisely what a "bay sock" is supposed to be. A strange word for a swim fin? Maybe a flotation device worn on the feet? I love that mental image. I love it primarily because I know that if you put a flotation device on your feet, then your feet are going to be bobbing on the top of the water while your head is a few feet underwater. You'll drown, but the authorities will have an easy time finding your body.

But no, the name really makes no sense. Which is fine, I suppose. When the team's geographic name is guaranteed to be mispronounced by 95% of the people who see it, they may as well distract you from that fact somehow. And this team name will have people puzzling over it so much that they'll forget all about the knife, the frontiersman, and the singer.

Final Score: 103 points.
Penalties: Sox (egregious), 41 pts; Alliteration, 5 pts; Scenery, 12 pts; Obvious, 17 pts; Letter, 24 pts, Name, 10 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.

This page Copyright ©2018 Scott D. Rhodes. All rights reserved