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Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Águila de Veracruz*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Augusta GreenJackets
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels*
Fort Wayne TinCaps
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
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Houston Apollos*
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City T-Bones*
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*
Mariachis de Guadalajara*
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads*
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals*
New Orleans Baby Cakes
New York Boulders
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northern Colorado Owlz* Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Norwich Sea Unicorns*
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco*
Omaha Storm Chasers
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Portland Sea Dogs
Potros de Tijuana*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
Rochester Red Wings
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
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
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Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints*
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*
Tigres de Quintana Roo
Toledo Mud Hens
Toros de Tijuana*
Traverse City Beach Bums
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
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Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
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Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
West Virginia Power
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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 24

This, dear reader, is not the proper way to draw a logo with a bear in it. Bears in logos should look intimidating, not cute. This looks like the artist was trying to make the bear both intimidating and cute. It is neither.

I get the feeling that the artist didn't actually want to draw this. Indeed, I could be wrong, but I can't help but think there's a subtle protest going on here. Unlike most logos, this one has the team's name twice. But most of the second "GATEWAY" is covered by the bear's right arm. All you can see is the last two letters and part of the first letter. In other words, the artist secretly stuck the word "GAY" in the logo. It's subtle, because most of the "G" is obscured, but it is there. Meanwhile, the second instance of "GRIZZLIES" has all of its letters at least partly visible. This could be accidental, but you can't tell me that the artist couldn't have drawn this differently. It would have been very easy to resize the bear so that it was entirely within the diamond that includes the name.

I also suspect the artist would have much rather been drawing a logo for a football team. The sleeve, after all, looks like most of a football (albeit a white one with a blue stripe running the length of it). And the bear has eyeblack. Yes, I know that some baseball players wear eyeblack. But it's getting less common as more games are played at night, and many players just wear sunglasses. All in all, I'd say eyeblack is a lot more common with (and a lot more associated with) football than baseball. Maybe the hidden "GAY" isn't aimed specifically at this franchise, but is instead the artist's opinion of baseball in general?

So what we have here, in essence, is a logo with more hidden messages in it than an Electric Light Orchestra album. As a result, after a while I started looking at the logo intently, wondering if I'd missed anything. Could there be Freudian implications in the baseball bat? Unlikely, I decided: of course a baseball player is going to be holding a bat in that position,* and it isn't drawn in a way that makes it any more phallic than a baseball bat is in the first place. But there could be other things. If I look at the eye from just the right angle will I see a wedjat? Are there Freemason symbols hidden in it? I never found any, but there has to be one. There are Freemason symbols in everything. Just look at a map of downtown Toronto if you don't believe me. It might take you a while to find them, but keep looking. They're there. Trust me.

Ultimately I didn't find anything else in the logo, other than a shadow that may or may not represent an ejaculating penis. And no, I'm not going to tell you where that one is. That one probably says more about me than about the artist in any case. Sometimes a shadow is just a shadow. And sometimes, a bad logo is just a bad logo. But I'm not convinced that this is one of those times.

*Note, however, that one again a baseball player in a logo is depicted as being left-handed. For those who care, that puts the current count at eight left-handed players, six right-handed players, and one (the cat in the Gary SouthShore RailCats) who is drawn so poorly that I can't tell if he's a lefty or a righty.

Final Score: 180 points.
Penalties: Region, 8 pts; Alliteration, 5 pts; Diamond (egregious), 33 pts; Letter (this is my way of penalizing them for putting the name in the logo twice); Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts; Logo, 12 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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