Baseball


HOME
HOCKEY
OTHER

RULES
RANKINGS
HISTORY



TEAMS

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 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
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 of San
   Bernardino

Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars*
Kannapolis Cannon Ballers*
Kansas City Monarchs*
Lake County Captains
Lake Elsinore Storm
Lake Erie Crushers
Lakeland Flying Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster Barnstormers
Lancaster JetHawks
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
Napa Silverados
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
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 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
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
West Michigan Whitecaps
West Virginia Power
Wichita Wind Surge*
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Winston-Salem Dash*
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Worcester Red Sox*
York Revolution
Rochester Red Wings 145

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 2019 July 4

(Note: This review incorporates text from the review for the previous Rochester Red Wings, which was originally published 2010 August 1.)

Let's start by giving credit where credit is due: The Rochester Red Wings are the oldest minor league baseball team playing today. How old? So old that they debuted in the 19th Century, that's how old. That makes them older than every professional team playing in North America that you can name in any sport with only five exceptions: the Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, and St. Louis Cardinals. That's impressive. The Red Wings name isn't quite so old, dating back to "only" 1929, but that still makes it an older name than hockey's Detroit Red Wings, a name that team didn't start using until 1932.

I'm not certain of this, but I suspect the name can be traced back to the famous Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869. For those who don't know (although I'm not sure how any regular readers of this website can avoid knowing, given how many times I've mentioned them over the years), the Cincinnati Red Stockings are the ultimate origin of multiple team names in baseball, including today's Cincinnati Reds (not the same team), Boston Red Sox and Chicago White Sox (and every other "Sox" team out there), and probably even the Seattle Mariners if I can only figure out how. Anyway, my theory is this. When Rochester's team first chose that name (it had previously been the Rochester Tribe, incidentally, and earlier names had been Colts, Hustlers, and Bronchos), they were affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals. It's not hard to imagine why a team affiliated with the Cardinals would be called the Red Wings (remember, today's Cardinals affiliate is the Memphis Redbirds). And the supposed origin of the Cardinals name is that a fan of the St. Louis Perfectos (as the team was known at the time) remarked about the team's bright red stockings, "What a lovely shade of cardinal", and the owner overheard this and decided Cardinals was a better name than Perfectos. This is just conjecture on my part, but given how superstitious baseball players are it wouldn't surprise me in the least to learn that the reason the Perfectos had bright red stockings was they were hoping those stocking would provide a little bit of the old Cincinnati Red Stockings mojo. That may sound ridiculous, but it's established fact that this is why the Boston Red Sox started wearing bright red stockings. Why not a similar thought process in St. Louis?

Anyway, whatever the name's origin is, it's not surprising that a team with such a name would feature a red bird in its logo. I'm not sure precisely what type of red bird it's supposed to be, though. I don't know of any bright red birds with beaks like that. I also don't know of any bright red birds with teeth, or eyes where you can see the whites. The humanlike eyes and teeth aren't there to be accurate, of course. They're there to make the bird look intimidating. They don't succeed. The bird doesn't look intimidating so much as deranged. This looks like a bird that's about three seconds away from giving in to full-blown 'roid rage, to be honest. And now that I say that, I notice that the arm looks unnaturally muscular. The last logo had similar problems, incidentally — both the 'roid-rage face and the excessive arms.

If the team is indeed using a real bird as the model for its logos, someone really needs to look into whether that bird is juicing. And if the team isn't using a real bird as the model for its logos, then they just might want to test the artist to see what they've been up to. Because one way or another, I'm fairly certain someone or something has been using something they shouldn't have been using.

Final Score: 145 points.
Penalties: Alliteration, 5 pts; Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts; Logo, 12 pts.
Bonuses: None.


This page Copyright ©2019 Scott D. Rhodes. All rights reserved