Ok, yes, baseball is not as physical as football, hockey or even basketball. Baseball is perceived to be more of a stat-based sport, where as the other three major sports are more about aggression and brute strength.
But perhaps Major League Baseball would get a little more respect in the sports community if some of their team names and logos were a little more...intimidating.
For instance, in the NFL, you have teams like the Steelers and the Chargers. Hockey has names such as the Lightning and Kings. And the NBA has Falcons, Bulls and Mavericks.
The MLB has some good ones to speak of itself. But the logos leave a lot to be desired in terms of intimidation. Even clubs like the Giants and the Rangers, names which are seen in other sports as well, do not have very fearsome emblems.
Here's a look at some of the team names and logos that could use a change to allow for a more physical perception.
The Chicago Cubs have been around since the very early stages of organized baseball, one of the most historic teams in the sport. But they have also been one of the most unfortunate clubs, having won their last World Series in 1908.
Of course, having a name like the Cubs can lead to ridicule, especially when you play in the same city as Bears, Blackhawks and Bulls. And the emblem of a cute, cuddly little bear cub crawling through the C is not the most intimidating logo for a sports franchise.
Plus, the Cubs play their home games at the "friendly confines" of Wrigley Field. Fear doesn't exactly resonate with opposing teams when they arrive at the friendly confines, one would have to imagine.
The Devil may have "Gone Down to Georgia" according to the Charlie Daniels Band, but in 2008, the Devil left Tampa Bay. That season, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays became the Tampa Bay Rays. I can understand wanting to take away "devil" from a team's name. But in all actuality, the name was a reference to the sea creatures that primarily live in the Gulf of Mexico.
But why not call the team the Tampa Bay Sting Rays? That at least sounds a little more fearsome than just the Rays. Coupled with their new logo, the name now associates more with sunlight than any sort of animal. Granted, the team plays in sunny Florida, but that's hardly a characteristic to name a ball club after, in my opinion.
The Houston Astros were born in 1965. But before they became the Astros, they were known as the Colt .45's from '62-'64. Playing as the .45's, the team was not very good, earning a 196-288 record over the three seasons.
But from a nickname standpoint, the Colt .45's were a much cooler name and had an even cooler primary logo.
Now, they are the Astros. Their overall winning percentage is slightly better than their predecessors, but still resides under the .500 mark. And now, for the first time in their history, the team is playing in the American League West division. They unveiled new uniforms with a new logo this year, which makes this writer wish they would go back to the Colt days.
The Miami Marlins, formerly known as the Florida Marlins, came into existence in 1993. Up until the 2012 season, the Marlins colors were, well, different. The combination of teal blue, silver and black looked a little off, especially when you consider they played their home games at Dolphins Stadium, with aqua and orange all around the stadium.
Being a Marlin is hardly intimidating by itself. But in 2012, the Marlins moved to their own ballpark in downtown Miami, and underwent a complete rebranding. They are now the Miami Marlins, and they have lots of colors in their logo and uniforms. There's no question that they play in Miami.
They even have a pretty statue out in centerfield that lights up and plays music when a Marlin hits a home run. It's tough to play for the Marlins, both in terms of win-loss record, and aesthetics.