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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
Toledo Mud Hens 128

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 2010 July 11

If you're like most people, your first question upon hearing the name "Toledo Mud Hens" is "What's a mud hen?" Look to the right, and you will have your answer. You will note that the logo looks nothing like this. The coloration is wrong, and the distinctive red mark at the top of the beak is missing. Oh, and real mud hens don't have arms.

I don't get this at all. You want your logo to look imposing, right? What's more imposing: a black creature with red eyes, which is what mud hens actually are, or the yellow chick that's actually in the logo? Yes, I said chick. You can tell he's a very young creature because he's standing in front of an egg, and he isn't much taller than it. Admittedly it's hard to be certain when his lower half has been cut off, but based on the parts I see I'm confident in saying he isn't much bigger.

So why didn't they do it the accurate way? There are, after all, several teams in minor league sports that give the animals in their logos red eyes despite the fact that it's completely inaccurate. Here, we have the one team in all of North America that has the ability to throw eeeeeeevil-looking red eyes into their logo without anyone having a valid right to complain,¹ and they don't. Instead, they pick a logo that almost goes out of its way to seem inoffensive. Why? Yes, baseball is an American institution and all that. But I've met sports fans from Toledo. They're scary creatures, especially after they've had a couple of beers. People this scary should have a logo to match.

Or maybe the team figures that the fans are so bad that they don't need encouragement, and in fact should be encouraged to act calm. I'm certainly willing to believe that. But in that case, this logo may go too far in the other direction. This logo is so cutesy that it could backfire and incite others otherwise non-violent people³ to act in a violent fashion. If calming down fans is your goal, my advice is to put the name of the team in baseball script and be done with it.

But I wouldn't worry about that. In the end, fans are going to do whatever they're going to do, and a logo isn't likely to help matters much. This team should just take the opportunity they have and go ahead and draw the bird with black feathers and red eyes. It may look a bit over the top. But they have reality on their side. Reality can be a powerful ally. It should not be spurned lightly.

¹Okay, that's not entirely true. If the Grand Rapids Griffins put red eyes in their logo, I couldn't exactly say "I've seen a griffin, and it didn't have red eyes."²
²Or maybe I could. I have a pet greyhound named Gryphon. He is mostly black (there's a bit of white on his chest and on his toes), and has brown eyes which in just the right light look yellow. Yellow eyes, for the record, look pretty darned creepy. Because of this creepiness, I wanted to name the beast either Beezlebub or Asmodeus, but my wife decided to be the voice of reason since I clearly wasn't going to, and insisted that the animal have a name which was not rooted in Satanism. It's just as well; he's such an incredible goofball that it's hard to imagine a more imappropriate name for him than "Beezlebub".
³As if Toledo has any non-violent sports fans in the first place.

Final Score:128 points.
Penalties: Humanoid, 30 pts; Cartoon, 47 pts; Player, 51 pts.
Bonuses: None.

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