Found October 29, 2013 on The Outside Corner:
The trend of changing minor league team names reached a new low on Tuesday, when the Akron Aeros (AA affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) changed their name to...the Akron Rubber Ducks. That's right - Rubber Ducks. Francisco Lindor, one of the top prospects in all of baseball, is going to be wearing a yellow duck on his cap next year. In 2011, the Aeros held a poll of the team's fans to rename the team, and the incumbent name won with 70% of the vote. Content with kicking democracy in the teeth, the club is changing the name to the runner-up, Rubber Ducks, two years later. The name change is already in effect on the team's official website as well. The Eastern League is rife of awful mascots. The Rubber Ducks will join the Reading Fightin' Phils (whose mascot is an ostrich) and Richmond Flying Squirrels in the terrible mascot pantheon, while the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, New Britain Rock Cats, Portland Sea Dogs, and Erie Seawolves also have animal-based mascot...
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
RELATED ARTICLES

Winter Ball Notebook: Aguilar impressive early

With the exception of the Puerto Rican Winter League, the other winter and fall leagues have now been in action for a couple of weeks now, and a slew of Indians have been competing. The actual value of the winter leagues is certainly a topic that’s up for debate. For many, they're nothing more than a continuation of the minor leagues, so there’s no need to put much thought...

Swinging for the Fences: The case for bringing back Giambi

When it was originally announced that veteran designated hitter Jason Giambi was signed to a minor league deal by the Indians, I didn’t think much of it nor did I think it would amount to anything. "I" being the same person who is now the proud owner of a “Goon Squad” t-shirt. "I" being the same person who witnessed Giambi’s pinch-hit, 2-run walk-off...

2013 Tony Awards: Pitcher of the Year

Today we continue the IBI’s year-end awards with the announcement of the Pitcher of the Year. This award goes to the starting pitcher in the Indians organization that had the best year from a performance perspective, not necessarily from a prospect standing. Last year, right-hander Corey Kluber won this award and it served as a precursor to a fantastic breakout year in Cleveland...

Around the Farm: October 29, 2013

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game. ARIZONA FALL LEAGUE (AFL) Tyler Naquin (Surprise...

Swinging for the Fences: The case for bringing back Jason Giambi

When it was originally announced that veteran designated hitter Jason Giambi was signed to a minor league deal by the Indians, I didn’t think much of it nor did I think it would amount to anything. "I" being the same person who is now the proud owner of a “Goon Squad” t-shirt. "I" being the same person who witnessed Giambi’s pinch-hit, 2-run walk-off...

Should the Indians Re-Sign Jason Giambi?

This article should not be necessary, but discussion from Terry Francona, Jason Giambi and the Indians front office have made it seem like an actual possibility that he could be re-signed. His original signing during the past off-season was questionable and his inclusion on the roster during the entire season was even more so. Bringing him back as a player for another season would...

2013 Tony Awards: Reliever of the Year

Today we continue the IBI postseason awards with the announcement of the Relief Pitcher of the Year. The starting pitchers often get most of the focus, so this award gives an opportunity to showcase and recognize some of the top relief pitching performances over the course of the 2013 season. Because there are so many worthy relief pitcher candidates who had good seasons this year...

Cleveland Indians minor league team changes name to 'Rubber Ducks'

The Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians have changed their name to the Akron RubberDucks. Although formerly known as the Akron Aeros, the change of identity is intended to reflect the city's reputation of being the "Rubber Capital of the World." These aren't your traditional rubber ducks, though. Judging by the logo, these ducks are far more menacing...

Double-A Akron changes name to RubberDucks

The Akron RubberDucks, formerly known as the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate), unveiled their new identity today at a press event at the historic Akron Civic Theatre. “During this rebranding process, we listened to our fans,” said Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby. "It was evident that our fans wanted to honor the history of Akron and the rubber industry...

Around the Farm: October 27, 2013

Around the Farm (ATF) takes a quick look at some of the daily performances by Indians prospects. This is a special fall and winter ball version of ATF that recaps all the offseason action by Indians players in the Arizona Fall League and the Caribbean Leagues.  The positions listed below are where the player was playing in the game. Note, the Arizona Fall League is off on Sunday...

The Radar Report: 2013 Volume III

"The Radar Report" is a premium feature that lists fastball velocities and other notes for several pitchers in the Indians' system which Tony has recorded during his visits to see the teams/players. Today's listing has 20 radar readings for pitchers in the Indians' minor league system that he saw pitch in Instructional League and the Arizona Fall League, and...

Introducing your RubberDucks!

It almost sounds like a joke, and if it wasn't a minor-league baseball team I'd assume it was, but the Akron Aeros have apparently changed their name to the Akron RubberDucks. The double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians had gone by the Aeros name since 1997 when the team formerly known as the Canton-Akron Indians opened their downtown Akron stadium, and the name had...

While We’re Waiting… Oh to be at least mediocre?

Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com. “Aviles will be 33 in March, but the Indians can keep him through 2015 if they...
Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.