By Steve Samek
Name change time. This time for the better, or is it? The Gwinnett Braves are change their name. The final six options were revealed the other day. The finalists include Lamb Chops, Sweet Teas, Buttons, Big Mouths, Hush Puppies and Gobblers. Each one has a local connection attached. https://secure.milb.com/tickets/form.jsp?formid=team_name_vote&formcode=form&sid=t431§ion=team2.
While I am a fan of each team having a unique namehttp://bit.ly/2q0kjyz.
I don’t feel better about it in this case. Braves is a better name than all of them.
Big Mouths is a after a big mouth bass. At best, this is a generic fish theme logo, or confused with Bass pro shop. At worst, well I see some perversion with this name. Its sadly, may be the best of the bunch.
Buttons has to be the worst of the bunch. What the heck logo would you come up for this. The whole idea stems from the Namesake of Gwinnett, Button Gwinnett. He signed the Declaration of Independence. Good for history and America, bad for a baseball team name.
Gobblers is a generic bird name at best. Slang word for a turkey, should make it better right. Wrong, turkeys would be unique, but don’t make for the most intimidating team.
Hush Puppies and Sweet Teas follows the food theme trend in MILB. http://bit.ly/2njLZ0M While Montgomery, Fresno and Lehigh Valley did this well. A few teams did not. See New Hampshire, Rochester and Albuquerque. Lamb Chops is thrown in there too. Terrible choices with very loose regional, not even city exclusive ties make for a weak crop of pickings.
Fans seem to be agreeing that the picks aren’t so great. Voicing displeasure of them on social media. http://www.ajc.com/sports/fans-react-gwinnett-braves-announcement-final-six-name-options/dM7dS1nzytUxN9kixBNhUI/.
I think the Gwinnett Gators, Peanuts or Dragons would make cool names. Sticking with the Braves is another option. Though it would help the organization to add a unique name after finishing last in this pool. http://bit.ly/2onj9hj. Stay tuned to see how the vote and logo turns out.