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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
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Tucson Padres
Tulsa Drillers
Vallejo Admirals*
Vancouver Canadians
Visalia Rawhide
Washington Wild Things
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Wilmington Blue Rocks
West Virginia Power
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Winston-Salem Dash*
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Posted 2014 April 6

Sometimes I understand why a minor league team chooses to use the same nickname as its parent team. Other times I totally don't understand. What makes the New York Yankees organization interesting is that with only one exception, every team that uses the Yankees name is a case I don't understand and every team that doesn't is a case where I would understand if they did.

First, you've got the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at the AAA level and the Trenton Thunder at the AA level. Regardless of whether you love or hate the Yankees (and I hate them), you have to acknowledge that the Yankees organization has such a widespread fan base that there are Yankees fans almost everywhere you go, so trying to cash in on that name makes a certain amount of sense. And the teams are far enough north that the "Yankees" name makes sense. (The RailRiders did in fact use the Yankees name from 2007-2012.) But these teams choose to go by other names. I'm certainly not criticizing that decision; I can definitely see why a team would want to have its own identity. But I couldn't blame either team for calling themselves the Yankees. If I bought the team in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, in fact, I'd probably change the name back to Yankees, if only to get rid of that silly "RailRiders" name.

Moving down the ladder, there's the Low-A Charleston RiverDogs. This is the one exception I referred to in the first paragraph. Of course a team in South Carolina doesn't want to call itself the Yankees.

Then you've got the High-A Tampa Yankees. I'll say more about them tomorrow, but in a nutshell: A team in the southernmost of the continental states goes by the name Yankees? Come on. They could have at least gone for irony and called themselves the Snowbirds.

Finally, you've got these guys. Sure, the name is just as appropriate in Staten Island as it is in the Bronx. How could it not be when the two teams are in the same city? And therein lies the problem. The situation isn't quite as bad as with the San Jose Giants (at least Staten Island isn't bigger than the Bronx the way San Jose is bigger than San Francisco), but you still have the potential confusion any time you try to talk about the minor league team, and there's the same inability to develop any identity of your own. Maybe the owners of the Staten Island team figure they gain more in ticket sales from the name than they lose from the lack of identity. Or maybe the owners of the Staten Island team just don't care, since the owners of the Staten Island team are the team in the Bronx. I'm sure the Staten Island Yankees are just as much an afterthought to them as the borough of Staten Island is to most New Yorkers. Either way, I think they should pick a new name for the Staten Island team. I'd suggest they do it because it would be the decent thing to do, but...come on. This is the fucking Yankees we're talking about. Of course they're not going to do anything because it's the decent thing to do.

The guys over in the Bronx gave about as much thought to the Staten Island Yankees' logo as they did to the name. All they really did was take the New York Yankees' logo, add a typical high school-style underlining, and stick the words "Staten Island" in that underlining. I suppose if you're going to use the parent team's name, you may as well use the logo, but this just makes giving the team its own identity even harder. But, hey, like I said...fucking Yankees. I think I'll say it a few more times just because it feels good to say it: Fucking Yankees.

Fucking Yankees.



There. I feel better now.

Final Score: 32 points.
Penalties: Script, 7 pts; Offspring, 12 pts; Equipment, 13 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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