Top 10 Best Logos in Minor League Baseball
Minor League Baseball has some very uncanny quirks to it.
Whether it be the promotions that teams hold during the season, the stadiums they play in, or the fans in attendance, the minors sure have their reasons why they're so different.
Along with that, the logos are definitely a part the minor league charm. In this slideshow, here are 10 logos that are as good as they come across MiLB.
*Just as a disclaimer, we will shift from the Pacific Coast and head east geographically.
First of all, how cool is the name "AquaSox"?
The Seattle Mariners' Single-A affiliate has been in the news with 2012 Golden Spikes winner Mike Zunino's hot start with the AquaSox.
The baseball is at the tip of the frog's tongue, and the colors of bright green and ocean blue also help with the colorfulness of the logo. The frog's paws are also all over the logo, which adds to the unique appeal.
Outside of another team that will be featured in this slideshow, this could be the most localized of logos.
An almond and a walnut are the focus, which is appropriate. Walnuts and almonds are two dominant crops of the Modesto area.
Both are wearing caps, one of them is holding a baseball, and the other, a bat.
Lake Elsinore Storm
Credit: Lake Elsinore Storm/MiLB.com
This logo is definitely not in the weak category.
Whenever someone goes up against the Lake Elsinore Storm, they are not just staring at the opposition's two eyes. He has to look at four.
The logo is one of the most uncanny, because it doesn't really have to do much with storms. The intimidating angry eyes are the staple of this team's identity, undoubtedly helping with merchandise sales.
The red and black is also a good choice.
Great Falls Voyagers
Not many teams use space-related nicknames across the board, but these guys up in Wyoming do and do it well.
What sets this logo off is the baseball orbiting around the planet. Also, the use of the green contributes to the uniqueness.
The Pioneer League Voyagers are an affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Iowa is known for its corn. Just go to the Iowa State Fair and look around. Corn is prominent. (Bacon is too, but that's for a different conversation.)
The Cedar Rapids Kernels embody everything that the Hawkeye State is in this logo.
It's in the shape of a "K," and the actual cob of a cornstalk is substituted for a baseball bat to give it more creativity.
Fort Wayne Tin Caps
Name me one other team (in the pros) that uses an apple for a logo. Not many.
That's the reason why the Fort Wayne Tin Caps make the list.
The text in this logo is a little bit dominating, but anytime I see the Tin Caps logo, I just smile because of the homage to the apple.
Lehigh Valley IronPigs
There's no such thing as an iron pig, but there is in Lehigh Valley for the Philadelphia Phillies' Triple-A affiliate.
The nickname comes from the pig iron, used in the manufacturing of steel in Pennsylvania's Lehigh Valley.
The grey of the iron pig is really sleek and is very noticeable on the players' uniform and hat.
There are other teams with the "storm" moniker for nicknames and logos, but this one actually personifies it.
The fact that the lightning bolt is being used as a bat by the Trenton Thunder is very creative, and the storm cloud looks like a beefy baseball player.
Richmond Flying Squirrels
Forget the color, design and everything else about this logo.
This is a flying squirrel. The mascot in itself is a great idea that merits a selection on this list.
If the logo needs to be dissected, the thought of a flying mascot is very engagin. Most logos are "stationary," but this one is definitely in motion.
And it's a flying squirrel.
Brevard County Manatees
Alright, so a manatee isn't the fiercest mascot in professional sports.
The Brevard County Manatees try to appeal to its community, young and old, and this logo accomplishes that.
The logo is very clean, and not many others use a manatee as a mascot.