KISSIMMEE, FL - March 15th, 2017 - The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced today their discovery of a large red amphibian creature on the shores of Lake Tohopekaliga. Marty Mann, fisheries biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, informed the community that the amphibian was in good health and was taken to a local animal hospital for observation and examination.
During the discovery, the amphibian showed an appetite for hot dogs, ability to catch flies and the desire to play with baseballs. After evaluating the amphibian's habits, Mr. Mann suggested that creature should be housed at Osceola County Stadium, home of the Florida Fire Frogs the Single A-Advanced Minor League Baseball Affiliate for the Atlanta Braves. Marty Mann stated, "In nature, animals that are brightly colored can often be translated as 'don't mess with me'. With that in mind, other baseball teams and their mascots better heed such advice because the Fire Frog is big, red and has a slippery slider!" The Florida Fire Frogs feel the discovered amphibian will be a perfect ballpark host and community ambassador for the region's new Minor League Baseball team.
The Florida Fire Frogs will be introducing their new-found friend as the team's mascot prior to the start of the season and are now asking Central Florida residents to help name the mascot before the season starts. Joe Harrington, Fire Frogs President, stated "the team is excited about the amphibian being discovered prior to the start of the season. Everyone needs a name and there's no better way to get things going than getting the community involved with this."
Fans throughout the Central Florida community are asked to submit their ideas for names on the Florida Fire Frogs Facebook page for one week starting today March 15th through Wednesday, March 22nd. Visit the Florida Fire Frogs Facebook page to submit a name.
From the names submitted, team management will determine the top three. The final three will be posted on the Florida Fire Frogs Facebook page where fans can vote to select the final name. The winner will receive two full season seat memberships, an opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch during a Fire Frogs home game and prize pack of Fire Frogs apparel.
About the Florida Fire Frogs
The Florida State League team, formerly the Brevard County Manatees, will move from Space Coast Stadium into its new home at Osceola County Stadium in 2017. Osceola County last had a Class-A Florida State League franchise in 2000 with the Kissimmee Cobras. The team is under the leadership of President Joe Harrington. For more information, please visit
www.floridfirefrogs.com and follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube.
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