Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

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 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 Dirty Birds*
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights
Chattanooga Lookouts
Chicago Dogs
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
El Paso Chihuahuas
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
Frontier Greys*
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gastonia Honey Hunters
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango
Glacier Range Riders*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers
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
Kane County Cougars*
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City Monarchs
Lake County Captains
Lake Country Dockhounds*
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lansing Lugnuts
Las Vegas Aviators
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
Leones de Yucatán
Lexington Legends
Lincoln Saltdogs
Long Island Ducks
Louisville Bats
Lynchburg Hillcats
Mariachis de Guadalajara*
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds*
Milwaukee Milkmen
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Paddleheads*
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals*
New York Boulders
Norfolk Tides
Northern Colorado Owlz
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
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 Braves
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 Ferry Hawks*
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
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wichita Wind Surge
Wild Health Genomes*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes*
Winston-Salem Dash*
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
York Revolution
New Britain Rock Cats 162

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 2010 May 1

New Britain, for those of you who are wondering (and I certainly was before I looked it up), is about ten miles southwest of Hartford, Connecticut. Hartford does not have a baseball team. This is always a bit of an odd situation when it comes time to name the team. Do you name the team after the big city that the team is near but not in, like the Washington Redskins? Do you choose some regional moniker like the Texas Rangers? Or do you proudly use the name of the city you're in, like the Anaheim Ang er, Ducks?

Generally speaking, I prefer it when the team picks the name of the nearest big city, but if they use the city they're actually in, it doesn't bother me (I generally don't like the regional names, however). This is particularly true in minor league sports, where the expectation of being in a major metropolitan area doesn't exist. It would have been easy for them to pick some outlandish moniker like "Central Connecticut" or "Greater Hartford County" or "Capital Region". They simply went with "New Britain", and I appreciate that.

The choice of "Rock Cats" is a bit more puzzling. One would expect, with a name like that, for there to be a lot of rocks in the area. As best as I can tell, that's not the case. According to everyone's favorite unreliable source, "New Britain's terrain is mostly made up of soft, rolling hills and young Connecticut forest." Soft hills? "Soft" and "rock" are not words that typically have a close relation to one another unless you're talking about Karen Carpenter or Air Supply. I'm guessing the terrain here isn't very rocky. It could be a reference to rock music, but there's nothing in the logo to indicate that (for which I'm thankful, since that would probably wind up being a cat swinging an electric guitar like a baseball bat, or something similar). So I really have no idea where this name comes from.

Maybe the cats are made of rock? It's possible; the cat in the logo is grey. That proves nothing, but it doesn't disprove anything, either. In addition to the color, it would also explain the sharp angles on the cat; animals usually lack those sorts of angles. It does not, however, explain the arms. The arms look like...well, I'm going to keep this review G-rated and say they look like the heads of two squids. That's not really what they look like, of course. But between you looking at the pictures and me saying they look like the heads of two squids, you can probably guess what I'm hinting at. I just don't feel the need to say it in case there are any impressionable children reading this. (Note to parents: If you have an impressionable child reading this, make him or her stop. I try to keep it clean, but sometimes it's just not possible for me to make my point without using the word "fuck" and you never know which review that might happen in. Wait until the kid is old enough to have heard these words in school...which, in my estimation, is somewhere around second grade.)

The cat is either holding his arms in a classic "hide the ball so the batter can't see how you're holding it and thus figure out what pitch you're about to throw" stance, or he's just resting on the nameplate. It's kind of hard to tell. Truth be told, no real pitcher would hold his arms in that exact position for his "hide the ball" pitch, but on the other hand, no real baseball player would keep his glove on while resting, either. So I guess the most accurate thing to say about the position he's in is that he's in a position that no real person would ever be in. I'd call that poor drawing, but I own a cat. Trust me, cats sit in weird positions all the time. Watch a cat wash himself sometime. That cat will probably contort himself into positions you thought weren't possible. The cat will then hiss at you and take a swipe at you, because can't he have some freaking privacy while he's bathing himself? What the hell is wrong with you, anyway? Does he look at you while you take a shower? No! Let him have some dignity! And if you reach for that cameras he swears to god you are a dead man! Do you hear him? A dead man!

(Note how I only used the word "freaking" in that last paragraph instead of "fucking". See, I'm keeping it kid-friendly.)

In any case, the cat is not in one of the two most clichéd poses (throwing a pitch or in a batter's stance) in baseball logos. Also, he looks kind of like Tom from the old Tom and Jerry cartoons, which I've always loved. For these reasons, I almost (but not quite) like this logo, despite it being JACKAL.* It is, if this statement makes any sense, a unique cliché. If other teams would mix their clichés up a little bit instead of being so cliché about their clichés, they wouldn't bother me as much. My blood pressure just might be lower. I'd be a healthier person. And in my estimation, (forgive me parents, I have to say it this time) that would be just fucking awesome.

* Just Another Crappy Kartoon Amimal Logo

Final Score: 162 points.
Penalties: Compound, 34 pts; Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts.
Bonuses: None

This page Copyright ©2010 Scott D. Rhodes. All rights reserved