Two new team name announcements were made this week:
The Daytona Cubs are now the Daytona Tortugas. Since they went from a Cubs affiliate to a Reds affiliate, a team name was expected. The name is Spanish for turtles. I’m a little surprised that they went with a Spanish name, but I guess it has a better ring to it.
The Oklahoma City RedHawks are now the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Since the Dodgers now own the team, this isn’t surprising. I guess the name RedHawks doesn’t scream Dodger blue.
The relocating Huntsville Stars will be known as the Biloxi Shuckers. The oyster-based name is fairly unique and does fit the area well. The Brewers AA team looks like is won’t have its new stadium open in time for the beginning of the regular season, but hopefully it will be soon after that.
The New Hampshire Fisher Cats have extended their player development contract to 2018. A little while ago, there were rumors that the Blue Jays wanted to move their AA affiliate to Ottawa, but now there is no chance of that anytime soon.
The High Desert Mavericks signed a player development contract with the Rangers to 2016. The Rangers would have preferred to remain in the Carolina League, but the Mudcats chose the Braves over them. I expect the Rangers to make an attempt to regain a Carolina League affiliate in two years.
The Carolina Mudcats have signed a PDC with the Braves to 2016.
So even though no announcement has been made, this means that the High Desert Mavericks will be a Rangers affiliate.
The South Bend Silver Hawks have changed their name to the South Bend Cubs. In recent years, teams have been getting away from sharing the nickname of their affiliation, but this will identify the team with its new major league affiliate to more casual fans.
Not much to mention today. The Lansing Lugnuts made their player development contract extension with the Blue Jays official going to 2016. The Boise Hawks announced that their player development contract with Rockies is signed until 2018.