Rainiers To Step On Chihuahuas In 2014

The new PCL team in El Paso went and did it yesterday, officially announcing that their team name is the Chihuahuas. The Rainiers will play the little dogs 16 times in 2014.

I’m not so sure about the name – it’s going to be difficult to say on the radio with a straight face. However, the logo is quite good, and they are going to sell a ton of hats. Check out this gallery of Chihuahuas images.

I read through the El Paso Times news stories on the name choice and reactions was… mixed. See for yourself with this story, and a round-up of comments that were made on Twitter.

Former PCL broadcaster Brett Dolan jogged my memory when he wrote on Twitter that Chihuahuas reminded him of when a new Midwest League franchise in Battle Creek, Michigan named itself the Battle Creek Golden Kazoos. Response was swift – they changed their name before playing their first game! After running through several entities, that team now has a magnificent name: the Great Lakes Loons.

That’s not going to happen in El Paso. They made a big production of the Chihuahuas name, and management is referring to “the Chihuahuas brand” in interviews.

El Paso Chihuahuas. Get used to it.*

Links:

  • From El Paso, we have a photo gallery of the announcement. Lots of people on hand – a successful franchise down there will be good for the league.
  • John McGrath wrote a column about the World Series. Game One is tonight at 5:00 on Fox.
  • The Mariners continue their manager search, reportedly interviewing A’s third base coach Chip Hale today.
  • Former Mariners major and minor league pitching coach Bryan Price was hired to managed the Reds yesterday. Congratulations to a great guy who spent lots of time at Cheney Stadium.
  • Local guy Tim Lincecum signed a two-year contract extension with San Francisco, rather than test the free agent market. I believe the Mariners would have been interested if he was on the open market.
  • That winter leagues update I was going to post today got bumped to Friday (“postponed due to Chihuahuas”). In the mean time, check out this great blog post by Rainiers reliever Logan Bawcom on his experience so far in Venezuela.
  • I enjoyed this selection of ten great World Series program covers from the past.

* Can’t wait to see how the Cheney Stadium scoreboard operator shortens Chihuahuas to make it fit in the allotted space on the line score.

One Response to Rainiers To Step On Chihuahuas In 2014

  1. Jeff Polite says:

    I’m surprised the name “Diablos” wasn’t chosen (wasn’t even on the list!); their teams have been known as that for years. Cheney’s (and possibly other PCL ballparks) scoreboard operator will throw up his hands in disgust and probably end up typing “El Paso” in the visitor slot. (now, the “Diablos” name WOULD fit!)

    Wonder if Taco Bell (or the corporation that owns them) will pay for naming rights on the new ballpark? Hm-m-m-m… (Remember those commercials?)

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