Back in 2014, I wrote a series of blog posts about the origin of minor league team names. Since then, the minor league landscape has changed a lot. Clubs moved, adopted new names. All reasons to have a new series in which the new names are added and explained.
We continue with the letter J:
From their inaugural season until 2010, the Generals were known as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. The new name is reflective of the Jackson Generals minor league team based in Jackson during the first half of the 20th century.
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp:
Before the 2017 season, the Jacksonville Southern League affiliate had a normal name: Jacksonville Suns. In the past several International League and Southern League affiliations had played with that moniker. But after the 2016 season, the brass of the Suns decided the team needed a more “catchy” name. Without a name the team contest, the name was changed into Jumbo Shrimp, out of the blue. The relationship to Jacksonville? The explanation on the club’s website doesn’t even make it clear why the club adopted this moniker. When you google a bit, you will find out that there is a lot of shrimp fishing on the St. John’s River, the waterway Jacksonville is located at.
Johnson City Cardinals:
It doesn’t come as a surprise that this Rookie League team is affiliated with the Cards in St. Louis and that it adopted the name of the parent club which also owns the team.
When the team moved into Roger Dean Stadium in 1998, it decided to adopt a new moniker. The Hammerheads are named after the hammerhead shark which can be found near the Florida coast.