In the past year, the various leagues in Minor League Baseball had sterile names like AAA-West, and AAA-East) after MLB took over in a money grab move. Today, MiLB/MLB announced that the old names will return for the 2022 season. At the same time, a new logo for the Pacific Coast League was presented.
In the past year, MLB has been busy acquiring the names of the old leagues.
“Major League Baseball is pleased to restore the historic names for each of the Minor Leagues that our fans are familiar with,” said Peter Woodfork, Major League Baseball’s Senior Vice President of Minor League Operations and Development. “We are excited for what the future holds for each of these leagues and the communities that make up Minor League Baseball.”
As a confirmation of the new situation, the various levels were updated to AAA, AA, High A and A. All the logos of the 2019 season will return, with the exception of the one of the Pacific Coast League.
The PCL will drop the old logo and sport a new one.
The new logo is different in every possible way. First of all, it is circular-shaped. It shows a few of the characteristic landscapes of California, sea, shoreline, red rock formations, palm trees, pine trees, and mountains.
According to the website of MiLB, the new logo pays tribute to the nearly 125-year history and the places it calls home. The new logo was created by the Tacoma Rainiers, the oldest member of the league, founded in 1960 as Tacoma Giants.
The old PCL logo clearly needed a refresh,” said Rainiers president Aaron Artman. “Our team started the process. We had two or three weeks to put it together, and then we handed it over to MLB, who did a fantastic job of simplifying the concept.”
“We went back and looked at all the old PCL marks, and there were some really cool ones back in the day,” Artman said. “I’d say they were really cool because they had a really cool font, very 1920s-looking. We saw some icons in there that we would’ve loved to play with because you could actually see them end up on a hat … but that would’ve been a challenge to fit into the kind of coin look and color schemes that we’re going for with this new look. And it wouldn’t really have represented where the PCL is now, stretching as far east as Sugar Land and with all the different geography we have.”
The other leagues that will return are the International League (AAA), the Eastern League, the Southern League, the Texas League (all AA), the Midwest League, the Northwest League, the South Atlantic League (all High-A), the California League, the Carolina League, and the Florida State League (all Single-A).