Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

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
Great Lakes Loons
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
Spokane Indians
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
Tri-City ValleyCats
Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
West Virginia Power
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash*
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
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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