Teams with asterisks are not yet posted

Aberdeen IronBirds
Acereros del Norte*
Aigles de Trois-Rivieres*
Akron RubberDucks
Albuquerque Isotopes
Alexandria Aces*
Algodoneros de Unión Laguna*
Altoona Curve
Amarillo Sod Poodles
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Auburn Doubledays*
Augusta GreenJackets
Batavia Muckdogs
Bay Area Toros*
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Biloxi Shuckers
Binghamton Rumble Ponies*
Birmingham Barons
Bluefield Blue Jays
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Bowling Green Hot Rods
Bradenton Marauders
Bravos de León
Bristol Pirates
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Burlington Bees
Burlington Royals
Calgary Vipers*
Capitales de Quebec
Carolina Mudcats
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights*
Charlotte Stone Crabs
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Threshers
Cleburne Railroaders*
Clinton LumberKings
Columbia Fireflies*
Columbus Clippers
Connecticut Tigers
Corpus Christi Hooks
Danville Braves
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Tortugas
Delmarva Shorebirds
Diablos Rojos del México
Down East Wood Ducks*
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls
Elizabethton Twins
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Evansville Otters
Everett AquaSox
Fayetteville Woodpeckers*
Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Fayetteville Astros*
Florence Freedom
Florida Fire Frogs*
Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Frederick Keys
Fresno Grizzlies*
Frisco RoughRiders
Gary SouthShore RailCats
Gateway Grizzlies
Generales de Durango*
Grand Junction Rockies
Great Falls Voyagers
Great Lakes Loons
Greeneville Reds
Greensboro Grasshoppers
Greenville Drive
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Gwinnett Stripers*
Hagerstown Suns
Harrisburg Senators
Hartford Yard Goats*
Hickory Crawdads
High Point Rockers
Hillsboro Hops
Hudson Valley Renegades*
Idaho Falls Chukars
Indianapolis Indians
Inland Empire 66ers*
Iowa Cubs
Jackson Generals
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp*
Johnson City Cardinals
Joliet Slammers
Jupiter Hammerheads
Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kansas City T-Bones
Kingsport Mets
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*
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Memphis Redbirds
Midland RockHounds
Milwaukee Milkmen*
Mississippi Braves
Missoula Osprey
Mobile BayBears
Modesto Nuts
Montgomery Biscuits
Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Nashville Sounds*
New Britain Bees*
New Hampshire Fisher Cats
New Jersey Jackals
New Orleans Baby Cakes
Norfolk Tides
Normal CornBelters
Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Ogden Raptors*
Oklahoma City Dodgers
Olmecas de Tabasco
Omaha Storm Chasers
Orem Owlz
Ottawa Champions
Palm Beach Cardinals
Pawtucket Red Sox
Pensacola Blue Wahoos
Peoria Chiefs
Pericos de Puebla
Piratas de Campeche
Pittsburg Diamonds
Portland Sea Dogs
Potomac Nationals
Potros de Tijuana*
Princeton Rays
Pulaski Mariners*
Quad City River Bandits
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Fightin Phils
Reno Aces
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Rieleros de Aguascalientes
River City Rascals
Rochester Red Wings
Rockland Boulders
Rocky Mountain Vibes
Rome Braves
Round Rock Express
Sacramento River Cats
Salem Red Sox
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Bees
San Antonio Missions
San Jose Giants
San Rafael Pacifics
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
State College Spikes
Staten Island Yankees
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*
Texas AirHogs
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
Vermont Lake Monsters*
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
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West Virginia Power
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Windy City Thunderbolts
Winnipeg Goldeyes
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Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
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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