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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

New York Yankees Minor League Affiliate Changes Name

Farewell Yankees, Hello Porcupines on Rails! At a fan event held last week the International League’s Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees officially announced they would be now known as the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.

This change is the third name and identity change for the Triple-A franchise in the past five years, prior to re-naming themselves the Yankees for 2007 the team had been known as the Red Barons.
The name won convincingly in a name-the-team contest according to the club, going up against other finalists Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Porcupines, Trolley Frogs, and Fireflies.  It was mentioned that “Porcupines” appeared on the most ballots but not as the top choice on the most ballots hence the use of that there porcupine on the logo.
New colours are electric gold, rich maroon, and Yankee navy (despite changing their name, the team retains their affiliation with the New York Yankees).  The “rich maroon” meant as a nod to the Red Barons.

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