RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond Professional Baseball has announced the five finalists in the contest to name the Eastern League franchise beginning play at The Diamond in 2010. The five potential names were chosen from a pool of more than 6,000 entries from fans during an online entry period which ran from Sept. 23-30.
The Five Finalists (Alphabetical):
Fans will now have the opportunity to vote for their favorite name online at TimesDispatch.com. Voting will begin on Tuesday, Oct. 6 and continue through Sunday, Oct. 11. The name of the team will be announced at a special press conference on Thursday, Oct. 15 at 2:30 p.m. The press conference will be held at the Richmond Times Dispatch building.
"Selecting the name of a new franchise is such a unique and exciting process," said Richmond Professional Baseball Vice President & COO Todd "Parney" Parnell. "The response from the community was overwhelming and extremely gratifying. We couldn't be happier that the fans have been able to play an integral role in the process, and can't wait for the new identity of the team to become ingrained in the area."
The fan who submitted the winning entry will be introduced at the name introduction press conference and will be awarded season tickets for life beginning with the 2010 season.