Lost in the hoopla surrounding the MLB Cy Young announcements tonight, another announcement was made which affects the team of Triple-A players who call Scranton/Wilkes-Barre home.
The team, who had conducted an online for a new name, revealed their new moniker tonight and effectively immediately the squad in Northeastern Pennsylvania will be called the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders.
Now, I know some people will be thinking, “The what?”
The name RailRiders pays homage to the Scranton being the birthplace of the electric streetcar. Along with the new name, the team is also expected to reveal two new mascots in 2013.
RailRiders beat out five other finalists in contest: Blast, Black Diamond Bears, Fireflies, Porcupines and Trolley Frogs. Personally, I was hoping Trolley Frogs would win.
During the 2012 season, while the team’s home ballpark, PNC Park in Scranton was being completely overhauled, the team who traveled the entire season, was called the Empire State Yankees.
They’ve had three names in their history. The first was the Red Barons when the team was an affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Yankees and now the RailRiders.