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
San Antonio Missions 31

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 2016 June 26

A few years ago, when I was writing the review for the Jamestown Jammers, I did a rundown of all the categories that comprised the nicknames of teams I had reviewed up to that point. Most teams fell into one of two categories — "Animals and Animal Parts" and "Humans and Humanoids" — but the remaining categories showed considerable diversity. There were Forces of Nature, Transportation, Clothing, Abstract Concepts, Machinery and Machine Parts, Gems, Places, Plants, Celestial Objects, and Games. (Plus an "Uncategorizable" category because I had no idea where else to put "Wild Things".) There was not a category for buildings. There didn't need to be at the time. But that's precisely what the Missions are named after. In fact, they are arguably the only team named after a building in all of minor league baseball. There's also the Joliet Slammers, but they're arguably named after the concept of jail more than the building itself; the Missions are indisputably named after the buildings themselves.

I personally love it when teams do something truly different like this. Names like this take true creativity. And the local reference is undeniable. For those who don't know, San Antonio is famous for five missions: the Alamo (originally Mission San Antonio), Mission Concepción, Mission San José, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. These are such an integral part of San Antonio's history that they've been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. And of course, the most famous incident in the history of San Antonio (perhaps the most famous incident in the history of Texas) happened at the Alamo. It's hard to imagine a more quintessentially San Antonio-esque thing to name a team after.

So what do you do for a logo with a name like this? Well, unlike the team I covered last week, this name demands you don't get silly with the logo. And the team didn't. The logo is little more than the team name on a background. The "M" in "Missions" is reminiscent of the architectural style of the missions (it looks like a cross between Mission Espada and the Alamo), as does the badge (which basically duplicates the shape of the Alamo). A star near the top of the logo satisfies the Texas state law that every single thing in the whole damn state must remind you that you're in Texas. The baseball, like most baseballs in logos, is unnecessary, but even it manages to be fairly unobtrusive.

If there's anything to criticize, it's the "Since 1888" statement. It's not that I blame a team that has been around since 1888 for wanting to brag about that fact. My problem is that the team hasn't been around since 1888. The current team only dates back to 1972. The first team in San Antonio does date to 1888 and did have a similar name (San Antonio Missionaries), but there's really no way to spin it to say that either this team or any team called the San Antonio Missions have been around since 1888. The Missions are hardly the only team to claim to be older than they are by pretending to be associated with an unrelated team in the same city, but most teams don't exaggerate by over eighty years. Nor do most teams put the false date in the logo.

Then again, they had to put something there or the logo would have looked imbalanced, and a second star would have violated state law (it is the Lone Star State, after all). I'm willing to go easy on them on that point. And as I said, it's really the only thing to criticize. All in all this is a solid effort, and certainly one of the better logos out there.

Final Score: 31 points.
Penalties: Equipment, 13 pts; Letter, 24 pts.
Bonuses: Local, -6 pts.

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