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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
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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
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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
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Lowell Spinners*
Lynchburg Hillcats*
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
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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
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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
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Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
River City Rascals
Rochester Red Wings
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Rome Braves
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Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
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Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
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Sarasota Reds*
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Sioux City Explorers
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Harrisburg Senators 31

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Posted 2013 July 25

As traditional names go, "Senators" is hardly up there with "Bears" or "Tigers" but it does have an established pedigree. I've never quite understood why. Remember, team names are supposed to sound intimidating. Now, here's a trivia question for you. Name the first ten senators (past of present) that come to mind. My list (and yes, I really did just type the first ten names I could think of that I know are or were senators) is as follows: Bob Dole, Elizabeth Dole, Kay Hagan, John East, Jesse Helms, Orrin Hatch, Ted Kennedy, John McCain, Barack Obama, Marco Rubio. You probably don't recognize all the names (four of them are current or former senators from my home state, some of whom are fairly obscure), but you probably do recognize some others. How many of them would you consider physically intimidating? That's what I thought. Most teams named after types of people are named after people who can physically harm you. Vikings. Pirates. Knights. Warriors. Senators? Senators can not physically harm you. Senators can not do anything. Even if a majority of Senators decided to attack you, there's a good chance it wouldn't be a filibuster-proof majority and the ones wanting to attack would be stopped dead in their tracks. That's how the Senate works, people. The damn Capitol could catch fire and there'd be a filibuster to keep anyone from dialing 911.

It's particularly odd to see the name belonging to a team in a state capital. As I've said before, naming your team after the fact that you're located in a state capital doesn't make sense unless the league is only statewide. But as it turns out, the Harrisburg Senators get some leeway here. The Senators name was first used in Harrisburg in 1893, when the Harrisburg Senators joined the Pennsylvania League as a replacement for the Harrisburg Ponies, who had relocated to Scranton during the middle of the previous season. True to its name, the Pennsylvania League was entirely composed of teams located in the Keystone State. And since there's an unwritten rule in baseball that says any name that was used before World War II is "traditional" and thus perfectly acceptable even if it makes no damn sense, I'm not really allowed to criticize the Harrisburg Senators name, even if the team does currently play in a league that covers nine states.

(Incidentally, someone may be thinking that they picked that name at least in part because they're affiliated with the Washington Nationals, and Washington used to have a team called the Senators. Uh-uh. The team in Harrisburg started using the Senators name seventeen years before they became an affiliate of the Washington Nationals.)

As for the logo...well, what are you gonna do? You can't really draw a senator for the logo. Most modern senators just look like people in suits, making them indistinguishable from business executives, lawyers, clergymen who don't have a specific liturgical outfit, and numerous other professions. You could draw a Roman senator, but that would come across as a ripoff of Ottawa's hockey team (plus I imagine a lot of people wouldn't get it). Under the circumstance I can't really criticize their decision to use a letter as their logo.

So, in short, this is a logo that isn't very good for a name that isn't very good, and I can't really complain about either one. Oh, well.

Final Score: 31 points.
Penalties: Equipment, 13 pts; Letter, 24 pts
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.

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