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
It has been a while but the last week I did not feel much like writing, sorry about that. But let’s continue with this blog post.
The team that started in Ogden was kicked out of Salt Lake City for some reason. In Salt Lake the was named Trappers. The team was going to continue to be known as the Trappers in Ogden, but to try and drum up some publicity owner Dave Baggott and the Standard-Examiner decided to run a contest soliciting new ideas for names. Overwhelmingly, The Trappers was the fan-favorite. Then one day Baggott got a letter from ten-year-old Tracy Beck. She suggested they call the team the Ogden Raptors. Those of you who remember 1993 might remember a certain dinosaur movie that was incredibly popular at the time, a little film called Jurassic Park. Baggott loved the name, he thought it was perfect with Ogden being home to the Eccles Dinosaur Museum and Utah being world-famous for our Dinosaur finds. Baggott took the name to the city and they loved it too. Tracy Beck got season tickets for life and Ogden got the Raptors.
Oklahoma City Dodgers:
New on the list.
What used to be the Oklahoma City RedHawks turned in to the Oklahoma City Dodgers when the team was bought by a partnership between Mandalay Entertainment Chairman and CEO Peter Guber, other current principals of Mandalay Baseball Properties, Jason Sugarman, and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Part of the purchase agreement was that the RedHawks would become the AAA affiliate of the Dodgers as the team left Albequerque after six years. And what happens to many minor league affiliates of the Dodgers in one way or another, their AAA team was Dodgerized as the team was named after the parent club. Nothing original, nothing related to the area the club is located.
When the Omaha Royals got their new stadium, Werner Park, it was time for a new name.
Following the 2010 season, the then Omaha Royals began the process of changing their name. Fans had the opportunity to submit their choice of nicknames, as well as vote on the finalists. The list of 24 fan-submitted names was whittled down to 9 through voting through the team’s website. The new team name, Omaha Storm Chasers, was revealed on November 15. The name itself refers to the people who try to discover the path of tornadoes in Tornado Alley, where Omaha is located at.
When a group of businessmen bought the Provo Angels in 2004, they thought that moving the club to Orem needed a new name and new logo. Thus they came up with the name Owlz. The Owlz also introduced a new mascot named Hootz, a red owl with a head in the shape of a large baseball.