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According to the Associated Press, the Charleston River Dogs, the one of two Yankees minor league affiliates not named the Yankees, will extend their relationship with the parent team. And why not? They’ve set attendance records the past two years, and expect another one this year. With this commitment, though, one has to wonder whether they’ll soon become the Charleston Yankees.

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McFarlane Toys demotes Melky, too
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  • TurnTwo

    i kind of like the fact that they arent named the yankees… these minor league teams should have their own names; its part of the fun of the MILB experience, i think anyway.

    btw, the Trenton Thunder are also not named the Yankees.

    • pat

      i agree, i think the weird names add a little bit of charm to the milb circuit. One of my favorite names is the Vermont Lake Monsters

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

        The Albuquerque Isotopes.

        • radnom

          Is there a nuclear plant there?

        • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

          It’s sad that Homer wasted away down to a B-cup and apparently, it was all for naught.

        • Nickel

          I heard they sell donuts with pink frosting and sprinkles there. Can anyone confirm this?

          • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

            Hold on, I’m about to drive to Albuquerque to find out.

            • Nickel

              I was just asking on the off chance that someone might have been there or had read something to that effect. If they don’t, they totally should.

      • jt

        How about the Lehigh Vallley IronPigs?

        • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

          That’s a good one.

          Is there a team named the Sea Wolves? I’ve always like Sea Wolf.

          • TurnTwo

            Erie Sea Wolves. i think Humberto Sanchez pitched there when he was still with the Tigers.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

        I’ve always been a fan of the August Green Jackets (get it?) and the Lansing Lugnuts.

      • Nickel

        I just noticed there’s a Minor League team called the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.

    • humlan

      the trenton thunder aren’t named yankees

      • pat

        ha did u even read the post u responded to?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Fixed.

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        Hey, just in case nobody mentioned it to you, I don’t think the Trenton Thunder are named the Yankees.

        FWIW.

  • stefan

    It’ll be tough to top the crop of prospects the River Dogs have had the last few years.

    But hey, at least they’ll have Pat Venditte.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      He could go to Tampa next year.

      • pat

        and thats where the pat venditte experience will toil away

        • Colombo

          say what you want, i think venditte is going to make it as a serviceable reliever. the yanks wouldn’t have drafted the guy…twice…just to have him be a story in the minors. i saw him pitch earlier this year, granted, it was the NY-Penn league, but he looked pretty good…

          people always say we need a lefty out of the ‘pen, why not an ambidexterous pitcher who (almost) always has the advantage over the hitter?

          • pat

            Because his pure stuff is not that great from either side. hes dominating at SI bc hes playing agaist kids 3 or 4 years younger than him.

            • Clayton

              Actually, most of the players in the Penn league are between 20 to 23 (Venditte is 23) and are recent college grads. Just look at the SI roster and see all the 85 birthdates.

  • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

    Shouldn’t at least one of our minor league affiliates be named the Highlanders?

    SWB Highlanders
    Trenton Thunder
    Tampa Yankees (we should maintain the Yankees name in the Devil Rays city…)
    Charlston River Dogs
    Staten Island Kills (that would be AWESOME!) OR
    Staten Island Bridges OR
    Staten Island Narrows

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      Staten Island What’s That Smell

      • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

        What’s the least-offensive/most endearing slur for Italians?

        The Staten Island Goombahs?

        • Andy In Sunny Daytona

          Staten Island Grande Naso

          • Andy In Sunny Daytona

            Staten Island Jesusmaryandjosephs

  • bill

    I think Charleston is the Yanks affiliate loaded with the most talent. They have Montero, Laird, Betances, Heredia, Romine, Suttle and others. I wouldnt be suprised if most of the above are eventually in pinstripes.

  • Brad K

    Toledo MudHens

  • Charleston Native

    There isn’t a snowball’s chance in hell that there will ever be a team called the Charleston Yankees. This is a city where the main newspaper still prints letters to the editor on a semi-weekly basis expressing complaints about the use of the term “Civil War.” I went to a game last month with my Rivera jersey on and got into a playful argument with three different people. I think you overestimate the average fan’s interest in the organizational/developmental nature of minor league baseball. Most of the Riverdogs fans go to the game because the stadium is nice and they like baseball, not because they have any interest in the Yankees organization. Quite the opposite.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph P.

      I didn’t understand what you were getting at until the “Civil War” comment. I totally overlooked that, obviously.

      The comment was mainly in relation to the team changing Scranton Wilkes Barre from the Red Barons (badass name) to the Yankees (been done). That’s all.

  • Charleston Native

    Before they were the RiverDogs they were the Rainbows. That’s another name that didn’t really work in South Carolina I guess…

    • Andy In Sunny Daytona

      How about the Charleston Getoverthe1800’s?

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos

      Before that, they were the Charleston Guys Who Like Having Sex With Other Guys, if my memory serves…

  • RobertGKramer

    Leave the name alone. Nice and easy to shout “let’s go Dogs’ when they visit the Blue Claws!