Yankees No More: They’re the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders now


Via Donnie Collins: The Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise has officially changed its nickname from Yankees to RailRiders (one word). The new name and uniforms were unveiled at an event tonight. Here’s the new primary logo.

The Yankees reportedly asked their minor league affiliates to drop the “Yankees” nickname around this time last year, but so far only the Triple-A squad has obliged. Fans were able to vote for the team’s new nickname, and Collins says RailRiders easily won out over Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Porcupines, Trolley Frogs, and Fireflies. Porcupines came in second, hence their inclusion in the logo. Trolley Frogs got hosed, man.

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  1. Jersey Joe says:

    Goddammit, really wanted Trolley Frogs. WTF is a railrider again?

  2. Goraffe says:

    I am now ashamed for not voting for trolley frogs

  3. JD says:

    Why’d yankees want name dropped??

  4. YankeeGrunt says:

    Fireflies? That sounds like a junior high softball team.

  5. Kevin G. says:

    They’ll always be the Black Diamond Bears to me

  6. Max says:

    I can’t tell if this is a joke or not

  7. your mom says:

    I like the logo, the porcupine looks like a shaggy monster. So did the team colors change also?

    • hawkwb says:

      Still navy caps and pinstripes uniforms.

    • Preston says:

      The new logo is okay, I think the team is going to have to force the Florida clubs to change the name, because they probably get a lot of money down there out of the visible association with the Yankees.

      • KeithK says:

        I don’t think any forcing is required. The Yankees own the Tampa and GCL farm clubs. If they want the clubs to stop using the Yankees brand they will stop using the Yankees brand.

        Whether or not the name they’ve chosen is a good one (undecided here) I like the idea of having a name apart from the parent club. Minor league teams should have their own identity. You can certainly market the “future Yankee stars” angle without using the team name.

  8. Bo Knows says:

    so many immature jokes can come from this name, I really hope they thought this through.

    though my inner 12 yr old is smiling like it’s Christmas

    • vicki says:

      i’m sorry, but me too. i’m a grown, college-educated, progressive woman. but railriders is low-hanging fruit.

      so to speak.

  9. vicki says:

    triple-A affiliate, you just cost yourself $17.99 in tshirt sales, fool. NO DICE.

    • Bo Knows says:

      You might be too late, I heard the Captain already bought out all the initial t-shirt, and hoodie shipments. He apparently said they were going to be put in some of his famous giftbaskets along with the some signed balls.

  10. Pat D says:

    The logo isn’t bad, but I still didn’t like any of the options.

  11. Bob Buttons says:

    I’d like to think this as an effort by the AAA team to pick the worst name possible and embarrass the franchise so that the Yankees would let them use the name again.

  12. Frank says:

    This is just mind numbingly bad. What an awful name.

  13. Dale Mohorcic says:

    The electrocuted rabid skunk in the logo needs to go.

  14. FachoinaNYY says:

    The logo/name continue to grow on me.

  15. MannyGeee says:

    RailRiders… more like the I-80 riders, amirite??

  16. Jsilfies says:

    Name and logo are blah, hoo-hum but at least better than Yankees. Too conservative, Porcupines would have been great.

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