When you are balding you tend to think about the sun on your scalp.
When you are a baseball fan you own baseball hats.
When you are a public school teacher you can really only afford to go to minor league baseball games on a regular basis.
Put all of those together and you get someone who owns a lot of minor league baseball hats with really cool logos on them, so I thought I would share my top ten favorite logos. And good logos are unique for minor league teams because they usually refect local flavor and local color.
And you can tell that I am partial to the Carolina League.
10. Everett Aqua Sox
It’s a frog. Catches baseballs with its tongue. Cool.
9. Carolina Mudcats
Noodlin’ anyone? Catfish will grow to the size the environment will allow them to. And this one smiles.
8.Vermont Lake Monsters
They have changed their logo in the last couple of years, but it still has a lot of appeal. Maybe a little bit of a nod to Nessie over in Loch Ness, the monster in the lake idea just sneaks up on you.
7. Asheville Tourists
Another North Carolina Team makes this list. The tourists used to have an older logo, but they changed schemes and adopted Mr. Moon not long ago. If you get a hat, it might be have either Mr. Moon swinging a bat or eating a rack of ribs or an “A” with stars. Most of them will glow in the dark. Neat place to see a ball game as they have the famous Blue Wall.
6. Omaha Storm Chasers
The Triple A Affiliate of the Royals has an iconic logo for a geographical nod to the people who study the dangerous storms through Tornado Alley.
5. Richmond Flying Squirrels
It’s a flying squirrel. Enough said. His name is Nutsy. Pretty damn cool.
4. Myrtle Beach Pelicans
Pelicans are my favorite birds. Don’t argue with me. Get to see them when they come through Winston-Salem as they are in the Carolina League.
3. Albuquerque Isotopes
Colorado’s Triple A affiliate used to call the Dukes but change their name to the Isotopes as a nod to The Simpson’s show when the fictitious Springfield baseball team that played near the nuclear plant moved to Albuquerque. All science teachers should have this hat. And Breaking Bad fans.
2. Montgomery Biscuits
It’s a damn biscuit. It smiles. And has a butter pat for a tongue.
And when you get called up from the Biscuits in the Rays organization you make a stop in Durham, North Carolina home of the
Number 1. Durham Bulls
The Greatest Show on Dirt. It is my favorite logo of all minor league baseball. Hit Bull, Win Steak.
Now those are logos. Names might be a little different as there are many names that really sound pretty cool, some are just coming into existence in the last year or two.
- Akron Rubberducks
- Down East Wood Ducks
- Great Lakes Loons
- Daytona Tortugas
- Binghamton Rumble Ponies
- New Orleans Baby Cakes
- Hartford Yard Goats
- El Paso Chihuahuas
- Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp
- Biloxi Shuckers
- Florida Fire Frogs
- Columbia Firelfies
And then there are the classic standbys whose very names and logos are ageless:
- Toledo Mudhens
- Chattanooga Lookouts
- Lakeland Flying Tigers
- Portland Sea Dogs
- Pawtucket Red Sox