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FeelGood Friday; You Pick The Team Name

Have you ever dreamnt of naming a baseball team? Now you don’t have to pinch yourself, and you are awake, your opportunity is finally here!

The Binghamton Mets are looking for a new name and have received more than 1,500 suggestions in a contest among fans. The team has whittled that list down to six finalists, and it’s safe to say the new name will be a bit more colorful than the Mets.

The team, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets, announced the six finalists redently and will allow fans to vote through June 1. The team plans to wait to announce the winner until October. The Double-A Binghamton Mets are going to be going through a rebrand. As part of the new branding of the club, Binghamton will be dropping the nickname ‘Mets’ from its team name. That may sound outrageous to some Met’s fans, but just wait until you then read the 6 suggestions.Binghamton-Mets-Logo-500x248

With suggestions like Stud Muffins, Rumble Ponies and Timber Jockeys among the finalists, one might think fans were trying to be funny with their submissions more than finding a meaningful suggestion, but it turns out all six finalists have legitimate local significance to the Binghamton, N.Y. area.

Here are all six finalists and the explanation of local significance provided on the Binghamton Mets website.

Bullheads: A local inhabitant of the Susquehanna River, a Bullhead is a bullhead catfish. The bullhead displays a tough and resilient character such as the Binghamton community.

Gobblers: A symbol of the rich hunting culture of the area, the Gobblers honors the outdoorsman lifestyle and turkeys who call Binghamton home.

Rocking Horses: The Rocking Horses celebrates the Triple Cities’ rich history as the “Carousel Capital of the World.”

Rumble Ponies: A tribute to the Triple Cities’ rich carousel heritage, the Rumble Ponies is a herd of fierce horses that no carousel center pole can contain.

Stud Muffins: While tipping a cap to the players on the field, the Stud Muffins celebrates the collection of carousel horses belonging to Binghamtonians.

Timber Jockeys: Combining the fun of Minor League Baseball with the rich carousel history of the Triple Cities, the Timber Jockeys pays homage to everyone that rides the carousels.

BinghamtonMets25The club asked fans to think of a name that “embodies what Binghamton, N.Y. is known for.” It encouraged fans to take that into consideration when voting as well. Some of those nicknames are clearly unlike the others. Whenever mentioning a top prospect at Binghamton, it would certainly be unique to hear a broadcaster say, “Player-X of the Stud Muffins” or “Player-Y has been optioned to the Rumble Ponies.” Honestly, the possibilities for joy, entertainment, and tomfoolery happens to be endless.

Now you can help make history by clicking here to cast your vote. Will you choose Stud Muffins, helping bring a muscular, blueberry muffin mascot into the world? Or will you go for Rumble Ponies, envisioning the team coming out to a “Grease” song? Or perhaps you’re a Rocking Horses fan because of that weird dream you had growing up where your rocking horse came to life and became your best friend?

The choice is yours. Choose responsibly.

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