Little Rock - The Arkansas Travelers and Hughes Agency are proud to announce the unveiling of the club's new mascots for the 2014 season. After a long search conducted by Arkansas' minor league baseball club and premier staffing agency, they settled on two characters that grew up in Travelers lore. Both mascots hold deep connections to the franchise they will now represent. Introducing the new Travs mascots; Ace and Otey!
Ace is a native Arkansan who grew up rooting for the Travelers. He proudly served his country and upon returning to the Natural State competed and won the Mascot Tryout. With a name like "Ace" of course he is a pitcher and stands at a very menacing 7' 2" tall and weighs 501 pounds with a size-36 hoof. As a pitcher Ace's favorite former Trav player is Los Angeles Angels ace right hander Jered Weaver. When Travs groundskeeper Greg Johnston isn't looking, Ace sometimes has a chance to enjoy his favorite food; Dickey-Stephens Park Outfield Grass.
Initially the idea was for just one mascot, but when Ace introduced the Travs and Hughes Agency to his best friend "Otey the Swamp Possum" during the interview process all bets were off. Just like Ace, Otey is also native to the state hailing from Southeast Arkansas. He grew up watching Travs games with his family from underneath the stands at Little Rock's Ray Winder Field. Otey, who was named after former Traveler infielder and groundskeeper R.C. Otey, claims that he is the Travelers' "Good Luck Charm". In fact Otey believes that his superstitions helped the Travs win the 2008 Texas League Championship even though their 62-78 regular season record was the worst for a champion in Texas League history. Otey stands a stout 5 feet tall, he is a fan of second base and the "phantom double play" and his favorite number is .984, which was R.C. Otey's career fielding percentage.
Ace and Otey were built by Custom Characters of Glendale, California, a company with a wide-array of character-building experience that includes work for The Walt Disney Company, Dreamworks, Peanuts, Warner Bros., Paramount and 20th Century Fox.
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