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 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
Midland RockHounds
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
Capitales de Québec 81

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Posted 2014 August 18

Here we go again. Last week I spent a considerable portion of the article discussing that the New Orleans Zephyrs had to go with a fleur-de-lis in their logo because they picked a name which doesn't lend itself to a logo and a fleur-de-lis is representative of New Orleans. Now I'm reviewing les Capitales de Québec, and once again, it's a team whose name doesn't lend itself to a logo easily, so they went with a fleur-de-lis. Again, this is somewhat reasonable, because the flag of the province of Québec features four fleurs-de-lis on it.

Unlike the Zephyrs logo, in this logo the fleur-de-lis is not the largest feature. But it is nonetheless the most distinct, which should give you an idea of how generic the rest of the logo is. It's basically a variant on the "baseball-in-circle" logo, with the variation coming from the fact that the "circle" is actually a capital Q. And that's it. That's the whole logo.

I suppose I shouldn't blame them. If you look at other teams named the Capitals, it quickly becomes clear that they all struggle with what to do for a logo. For most of its existence, the NHL Washington Capitals have gone with a simple wordmark. The Sacramento Capitals of World Team Tennis included a drawing of the dome atop the California state capitol. The York Capitals* of American Indoor Football go with a man wearing a powdered wig and holding a football in front of a Revolution-era flag — in short, they tried to represent what York is (allegedly) the capital of. The Victoria Capitals of the Canadian Baseball League also went with a capitol dome; the Vienna Capitals of Austria's Eishockey Liga** go with an unrelated, abstract design which may or may not be intended to look like a fireball. Of these, the capital dome isn't an option for Québec: instead of a dome, the Parliament Building in Québec has a tower in an excessively ornate, Second Empire architecture. That leaves a wordmark, an unrelated design, or something representing the province of Québec. Les Capitales apparently decided to throw out the second option and split the difference between the first and the third. Is it a great solution? No. Is it really any worse than any other logo belonging to a team called the Capitals? No. So, whatever. Assuming they're not going to change the name from les Capitales (and I don't know how much I can criticize that when freaking York thinks they're allowed to use it), I suppose this'll have to do.

*The name comes from the fact that the Continental Congress met in York for a few months during the Revolutionary War while the real capital (Philadelphia) was under British control; York has never actually been the capital of anything.
**Yes, the name of the hockey team is in English despite being in a German-speaking country. This is not uncommon in European sports for some reason; other examples include the Hamburg Freezers of die Deutsche Eishockey Liga, the Kloten Flyers of Switzerland's National League A (whose league name is in English), and the Amsterdam Pirates of the Netherlands' Honkbal Hoofdklasse.

Final Score: 81 points.
Penalties: Alliteration, 5 pts; Equipment, 13 pts; Letter, 24 pts; Irrelevance, 39 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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