After an overwhelming response to the name-the-team contest, the future Amarillo baseball team has unveiled the five best names. Fans can vote for the very best name from May 30 through June 13.
The future club is looking for a name that is telling the story of Amarillo and perfectly captures everything that makes the Texas Panhandle unique. The five options are:
Amarillo Boot Scooters
The Boot Scooters combines Amarillo’s genuine welcoming attitude with its fun western heritage.
Amarillo Bronc Busters
Amarillo has deep cowboy roots and the Bronc Busters honors the community’s resilient, independent spirit.
Commemorating its famous cattle drive, there’s only one region that can lay claim to the “Beef Capital of the World.”
Amarillo Long Haulers
Long Haulers celebrates Amarillo’s famous Route 66, open roads, wind-bent trees, and the fun of Minor League Baseball.
Amarillo Sod Poodles
A pioneer’s nickname for “Prairie Dogs,” this fun-loving local animal is very aggressive in protecting its family and home.
You can vote on through this link.
After an absence of four years, professional baseball returns to Amarillo. In 2014 the Amarillo Thunderheads of the independent American Association folded as they merged with the Grand Prairie AirHogs. Before the AA came to Amarillo, the city had several other indy affiliates. The last time Amarillo had an affiliated team was in 1982 when the Amarillo Gold Sox were a Texas League farm team of the San Diego Padres.
When it was announced the San Antonio Missions (AA Texas League) would be moved, the city of Amarillo grabbed the bull by the horns and managed to lure the Elmore Sports Group. The move of the Missions was necessary as the ESG decided to move the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA Pacific Coast League) to San Antonio. To fill the void in Colorado Springs, the group will move the Helena Brewers. Rookie ball is quite a step back from AAA ball for Colorado Springs.