Fans to choose Triple-A Yankees' new name

One of six finalists will be Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's new nickname in 2013
08/10/2012 11:48 AM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will be changing its team nickname for the 2013 season and beyond – and you can help pick their new moniker.

As part of the “rebirth” of baseball in Northeastern Pennsylvania, the SWB brass decided to change the affiliate’s nickname effective next year, and starting back in May they gave fans the chance to submit options for the name that will replace “Yankees.”

More than 2,700 submissions were sent in, and on Friday morning, the team announced that they have narrowed it down to six finalists, with fans once again getting to decide which one of those half-dozen names will be the winner.

The six finalists were chosen based on “Scranton/Wilkes-Barre relevance, family-friendliness and fun,” according to the team’s press release on, and are, in alphabetical order: the Blast, the Black Diamond Bears, the Fireflies, the Porcupines, the RailRiders, and the Trolley Frogs.

Between now and Friday, August 24 at 11:59 p.m. ET, fans can log on to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre team page on to cast their votes and read more about why the six finalists were chosen.

The winning name will likely be announced sometime in September, but no matter what the winning choice is, 2013 will mark the second straight season of a name change for the Baby Bombers at the top Minor League level; for this year only, the team adopted the alternate moniker of the Empire State Yankees, a reflection of the fact that the year-long renovation of PNC Field meant they would play the majority of their 2012 “home” dates in upstate New York.

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