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Aberdeen IronBirds*
Acereros del Norte
Águila de Veracruz
Aigles de Trois-Rivières
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Augusta GreenJackets
Beloit Sky Carp*
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 Dirty Birds
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights
Charros de Jalisco*
Chattanooga Lookouts
Chicago Dogs
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders
Columbia Fireflies
Columbus Clippers
Conspiradores de Querétaro*
Corpus Christi Hooks
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Dorados de Chihuahua*
Down East Wood Ducks
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
El Paso Chihuahuas
Empire State Greys*
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters*
Everett AquaSox
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Woodpeckers
Florence Y'Alls
Fort Myers Mighty Mussels
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Fredericksburg Nationals
Fresno Grizzlies
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gastonia Baseball Club*
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango
Glacier Range Riders
Grand Junction Jackalopes
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons*
Greensboro Grasshoppers*
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers
Hagerstown Flying Boxcars*
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Hudson Valley Renegades
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers of San

Iowa Cubs
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
Jersey Shore BlueClaws*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers
Kansas City Monarchs
Lake County Captains
Lake Country DockHounds
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lancaster Stormers*
Lansing Lugnuts
Las Vegas Aviators
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends
Lincoln Saltdogs*
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lynchburg Hillcats
Memphis Redbirds
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Milwaukee Milkmen
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds
New England Knockouts*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals
New York Boulders
Norfolk Tides
Northern Colorado Owlz
Northwest Arkansas Naturals*
Oakland Ballers
Ogden Raptors
Oklahoma City Baseball Club*
Olmecas de Tabasco
Omaha Storm Chasers
Ottawa Titans
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Portland Sea Dogs
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
Rochester Red Wings
Rocket City Trash Pandas
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Emperors*
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
Saraperos de Saltillo
Schaumburg Boomers
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders
Sioux City Explorers
Sioux Falls Canaries
Somerset Patriots
South Bend Cubs
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs
Spokane Indians
Springfield Cardinals
St. Lucie Mets
St. Paul Saints
Staten Island FerryHawks
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
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tri-City ValleyCats
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wichita Wind Surge
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
Yolo High Wheelers
York Revolution
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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