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Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
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Cleburne Railroaders*
Columbia Fireflies*
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Down East Wood Ducks*
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Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
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Fort Myers Mighty Mussels
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Frederick Keys
Fredericksburg Nationals*
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gastonia Honey Hunters*
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
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Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
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Houston Apollos*
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Iowa Cubs
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Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars*
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City Monarchs*
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Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
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Lakewood BlueClaws
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Lexington Legends
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Island Ducks
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Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
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Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads*
Modesto Nuts
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Napa Silveradoes*
Nashville Sounds*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals*
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Norfolk Tides
Northern Colorado Owlz*
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Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
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Ottawa Titans*
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Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
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Richmond Flying Squirrels
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Rochester Red Wings
Rocket City Trash Pandas*
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South Bend Cubs
Southern Illinois Miners
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Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints*
Stockton Ports
Sugar Land Skeeters
Sultanes de Monterrey*
Sussex County Miners*
Syracuse Mets*
Tacoma Rainiers*
Tampa Tarpons*
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos*
Tennessee Smokies*
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
West Virginia Power
Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
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Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash*
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Worcester Red Sox*
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Greenville Drive 44

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 2012 August 20

When I did a review of the Greenville Road Warriors, it never occurred to me that the name of the team might be related to the city in any way. Furthermore, no one ever wrote to point out that it was*. However, when I saw that the name of the baseball team was the Drive, it suddenly seemed plausible that there's some kind of automotive injustry present in the area. A little bit of digging indicated that this is indeed true. Indeed, it goes a bit beyond just automobiles: the area is home to facilities for Michelin, BMW, Sage Automotive Interiors, Lockheed Martin, and Caterpillar. In fact, Sage Automotive Interiors' headquarters are in Greenville, as are the North American headquarters for Michelin and BMW.

Okay, so the name fits. But is it a good name? No, not really. It has that soccer-esque, singular-abstract-noun-as-team-name quality to it. I don't like that sort of name in soccer, and I don't like it in baseball, either.

But the logo...oh, I do like this logo. When I first saw it, I thought it reminded me of an actual motorcycle manufacturer's logo. I think I was wrong — at least, I can't find any actual motorcycle manufacturer's logos that look very similar to this — but the wing effect in the logo is definitely reminiscent of more than a few motorcycle manufacturers' logos. Playing around on the internet turned up more motorcycle logos with wings than you can shake a drumstick at. Ducati. Buell. Honda (their motorcycles don't use the same logo as their cars, for those who are looking quizzically at their inclusion). Boss Hoss. Zongshen. Gima. Moto Morini. Indian doesn't have an actual wing, but the feathers in the headdress of one of their older logos serves the same purpose.

And this makes perfect sense, of course, because we all know motorcycles can fly. Don't believe me? Just look at the cover to Meat Loaf's Bat Out Of Hell. It's even clearer on the sequel album, where the cycle manages to reach the same height as the top of the Chrysler Building. Don't ask me how motorcycles can fly despite a lack of wings or propellers. They just can. And this explains why I've I don't ride motorcycles: I'm afraid of heights.

Of course, it's not enough for this logo to remind you of motorcycle logos. It also has to be a baseball logo. And it does a good job there. You've got the subtle "G". You've got the word "Drive" in baseball script. And you've got connotations of speed provided by the "speed lines" on the edges of the logo. And most importantly, you've got wings. Because as we all know, baseball players can fly.


*Or at least no one had when I wrote that. Between the time that I wrote this article and the time that I posted it, someone did in fact write in to point out that very thing.


Final Score: 44 points.
Penalties: Singular, 15 pts; Script, 7 pts; Letter, 24 pts; Name, 10 pts.
Bonuses: Logo, -12 pts.


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