Yesterday the Binghamton Mets, the AA affiliation of the New York Mets, announced the new name of the club. In june the team started a name the team contest and the team chose the five finalists. Of those five finalists the fans chose…. Runble Ponies.
Since the inception of the team in 1992, the team was named after its parent club and name sake in Queens NY. The name Rumble Ponies beat the other four finalists Bullheads, Gobblers, Rocking Horses, Stud Muffins and Timber Jockeys.
The name rumble ponies refers to Binghamton as the carousel capital of the world as the city is home to six vintage carousels originally donated by local businessman and philanthropist George F. Johnson. Rumble Ponies are a “fierce horse that no carousel can contain.” Of course you can make up some explanation….
The Binghamton Mets had struggled in recent years to draw fans, and finished last in the Eastern League in attendance. The team’s poor attendance resulted in perennial relocation rumors, but when Evans Street Baseball bought the team prior to the 2016 season, the company immediately made a pledge to keep the team in the city.
“Rebranding was really an easy decision because of all the rumors there had been about the team leaving,” primary owner John Hughes said, just prior to the official announcement. “This helps strengthen our connection to the city, it creates an identity, something that only exists in Binghamton. This is our own story, our own identity.” Of course he has a point here.
Of course the logos of the Rumble Ponies were designed by Brandiose, the San Diego based designing company. The Rumble Ponies logos were designed by Brandiose, the San Diego-based firm that has handled every team rebrand of the 2016-17 offseason (joining the Florida Fire Frogs, Lynchburg Hillcats, Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp and Down East Wood Ducks).
The primary logo, featuring a navy, red and silver color scheme, showcases a hard-charging Rumble Pony. The red road cap features a “B” fashioned out of a carousel pole, while a similar alternate mark consists of an interlocking “NY.” A final alternate mark, which Hughes said would be used as a batting practice cap and at special events, depicts a Rumble Pony wearing boxing gloves while menacingly brandishing a carousel pole.