Zephyrs new name finalists and PDC extension

A combined article about the finalists in the New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA, Miami Marlins)  name-the-team-NOLAZephyrs.PNGcontest and a PDC extenstion.

As you all could read here, the New Orleans Zephyrs are about to change their name through a name-the-team-contest.

The name Zephyrs dates back to the days that the team was still located in Denver and was called after a local train. After the team moved to New Orleans in 1993, because of the arrival of the Colorado Rockies, the team never changed its name.

The history of the Zephyrs dates back to 1901 when the team saw the light as Kansas City Blues. The team stayed in KC until 1955, when the Philadelphia Athletics moved to Kansas City and the team moved to Denver to become the Bears.  Eventually, in 1985 the name was changed into Zephyrs.

The team made clear that the new name should reflect the city of New Orleans better. The following names are the finalists:

New Orleans Baby Cakes: A tribute to the Mardi Gras king cakes where small plastic babies are sought after, the Baby Cakes celebrates a unique Louisiana tradition.

New Orleans Crawfish: Pays tribute to those lovable and tasty crab like animals that are the center piece of festivals.

New Orleans King Cakes: The King Cake tradition bring families and community members together to celebrate the joyous season of Mardi Gras, just like Minor League Baseball draws families together.

New Orleans Night Owls: Both a play on words and an alliteration, Night Owls celebrates the New Orleans nightlife and a night out at the ballpark.

New Orleans Po’boys: A tribute to the culinary capital of the Gulf Cost, this fun name falls in line with other wacky names Minor League Baseball is known for.

New Orleans Red Eyes: New Orleans Red Eyes honors Louisiana’s crawfish festivals, and the bright red crawfish New Orleans love.

New Orleans Tailgators: A combination of alligators and tailgaters. Alligators are synonymous with Louisiana, and tailgating is synonymous with baseball.

The voting for the winning name starts today and will run through July 8.

And then news about the PDC extension between the Chicago Cubs and their South Bend
namesake. Both teams signed a new deal that runs through the 2020 season. The original deal that made the South Bend Hawks change their name into Cubs was signed in 2015 and will last until the 2019 season. From the South Bend side it is not a surprise that they extended the deal. Since the affiliation with the Cubs, the number of fans has increased tremendously.

The owner of the South Bend Cubs, Andrew T. Berlin, was very happy with the extension: “The original four-year contract we signed with the Cubs was already unheard of. Their typical deal is two years. So extending South Bend’s affiliation through the 2020 South Bend Cubsseason is truly unprecedented. It means Chicago recognizes that the fans in this region who welcome and follow our players are on par with the fans at Wrigley Field.  And it means that our South Bend operation is living up to the promise we made about helping future Chicago Cubs players make it to the World Series someday. This is a great vote of confidence in our operation, our city and every fan who comes to Four Winds Field,” commented Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Cubs. “The Chicago Cubs management team is the best in the business. So, when they want to renew with our management team and this city, especially so soon, it really says a lot about what’s happening here at Four Winds Field.”

Chicago Cubs President of Baseball Operations, Theo Epstein, stated: “Andrew Berlin, Joe Hart and the entire South Bend front office have worked hard to make their organization the best in minor league baseball . They have provided our players with first-class facilities which has translated to success on the field, as evidenced by this season’s first-half division title and strong representation in the Midwest League All-Star Game. Their organization, as well as the South Bend community, has been a tremendous asset to our farm system.”

Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod claimed to be very pleased with the extension: “From capital upgrades of Four Winds Field to an outstanding front office team led by Andrew Berlin and Joe Hart, their organization has been an exceptional partner every step of the way. Our young players will continue to greatly benefit from their time with the South Bend Cubs and the local community.”

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