MLB Teams That Desperately Need New Nicknames

Mark MillerCorrespondent IMarch 22, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - OCTOBER 5: A fan of the Atlanta Braves do the Tomahawk Chop during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals during the National League Wild Card Game at Turner Field on October 5, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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I'm sure you're all as excited as I am that Opening Day of the 2013 MLB season is just over a week away. 

Putting on their uniforms in front of their home fans for the first time in a few months, every team will start fresh with championship hopes.

Most MLB team names and logos have been fairly standard, with a relatively small number of teams opting to frequently change the look and feel in recent years.

Some teams, however, might benefit from a change, even if there isn't necessarily anything wrong with the current look.



Atlanta Braves


Just this past winter the Braves made one of the boldest statements of all MLB clubs with their spring training caps, facing plenty of criticism for the depiction of the Native American on the front.

The team ultimately decided to pull the revised cap in favor of something more traditional and less offensive, though it's unclear if the team's nickname will eventually find itself going in the same direction.



Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim


The Angels have had their name for quite some time, so there's no reason to think they'd change it up now, although the meaning of it might be a bit lost.

Assuming that the name is a connotation to the team's given location, it might make sense to go back to simply calling them the Anaheim Angels—but we've been down that road before.



Washington Nationals


The Nationals rightly changed their name over from the Expos when they made the move from north of the border to our nation's capital, and while the name "Nationals" may be fitting since one of the earliest franchises in D.C held the same name, selecting it might have shown some lack of effort.

When you're talking about a new franchise starting in a community I tend to think a new nickname should build a new tradition.

If nothing else, I guess I prefer the Senators over the Nationals.



Cleveland Indians


When you're talking about tradition in baseball, it's hard to think about changing something that's been as longstanding as a team's nickname, but the changing climate in our society is slowly evolving to the point where it could happen.

The University of North Dakota is one of the more recent examples of an organization that's been forced to shed its Native American moniker, with the NCAA forcing the issue.

The Cleveland Indians may not have as direct a negative connotation as the Fighting Sioux, but ultimately it may not matter.