What's in a name? For Yankees, a lot

September, 3, 2012
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PAWTUCKET, R.I. -- The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees should be embarrassed.

The Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees will face the Pawtucket Red Sox in the first round of the Governors’ Cup playoffs, beginning Wednesday at McCoy Stadium. But the reason they should hang their heads has nothing to do with the team earning a postseason berth.

Once the 2012 season ends for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the minor- league team will drop “Yankees” from its name and will become one of six choices voted on by the fans.

Here are the choices: Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Fireflies, Porcupines, RailRiders or Trolley Frogs.

I get the idea that the team would like to honor its local heritage of mining, insects, animals and the railroad, but why would they want to drop such a historic baseball name like the Yankees?

That would be like the PawSox dropping the Red Sox logo and calling themselves the Pawtucket Mills or Pawtucket Blackstones.

Joe McDonald

Reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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