Behind the threads: Top hats show trends

Popular lids from 2018 spotlight creative side of Minor Leagues

By Chris Bumbaca | January 15, 2019 8:58 AM ET

Minor League Baseball is known for its fun-loving embrace of the game and its appreciation toward fans. The results of the best-selling hats from 2018 maintain that stance.

Chris Bumbaca is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @BOOMbaca. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Lifting the lid on new secondary logos

Across the Minors, teams roll out alternate marks, uniform tweaks

By Tyler Maun | January 2, 2019 11:47 AM ET

While major rebrandings get top billing, Minor League teams that have refreshed their looks for the 2019 season abound. MiLB.com gets you set for some of the tweaks to come.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Cleared for liftoff: Aviators take flight

Las Vegas PCL team rebrands, prepares to move to new ballpark

The Las Vegas Aviators, Triple-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics, will play at brand-new Las Vegas Ballpark in 2019.

By Benjamin Hill | December 8, 2018 5:23 PM ET

Las Vegas' Pacific Coast League team will play in a new ballpark in 2019. On Saturday, the club formerly known as the 51s announced its new name: the Aviators.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Colorado Springs feels the Vibes

New Pioneer League team unveils Rocky Mountain identity

The Colorado Springs-based Rocky Mountain Vibes will make their Pioneer League debut in 2019, playing in Security Service Field.

By Benjamin Hill | November 19, 2018 1:45 PM ET

After 31 seasons in Triple-A, Colorado Springs will field a Rookie-level team in 2019. On Monday, they announced the team's name: The Rocky Mountain Vibes.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Sounds hit classic notes with remixed look

Team's refresh focuses on historical tributes with timeless appeal

Triple-A Nashville's redesign, its second in four years, pays tribute to the city's baseball roots and Tennessee's state identity.

By Tyler Maun | November 15, 2018 8:02 PM ET

The Nashville Sounds revealed a new logo suite along with four new uniforms at a Thursday evening event dubbed "Remastered" at First Tennessee Park.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @TylerMaun. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Sod Poodles burrow into Texas Panhandle

Amarillo's Double-A team unveils prairie dog-themed name, logos

Amarillo's new Double-A Texas League team will be known as the Sod Poodles, a slang term for a prairie dog.

By Benjamin Hill | November 13, 2018 2:39 PM ET

On Tuesday, after months of speculation, the Padres' new Double-A team revealed its name and logos. It's time to say hello to the Sod Poodles.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Knock, knock: Introducing the Woodpeckers

Fayetteville's new Carolina League team unveils name, logos

Fayetteville's new Carolina League team will be known as the Woodpeckers, referencing their city's tough and resilient spirit.

By Benjamin Hill | November 4, 2018 4:03 PM ET

Fayetteville's new Carolina League club, a Houston Astros affiliate, unveiled its name and logos on Sunday. The Woodpeckers era has begun.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Rocket Raccoon: Trash Pandas unveil logos

North Alabama Southern League team one step closer to blastoff

Madison Alabama's Rocket City Trash Pandas, slated to debut in 2020, unveiled their space raccoon-themed logos on Saturday.

By Benjamin Hill | October 27, 2018 7:43 PM ET

In 2020, the Rocket City Trash Pandas will make their debut. On Saturday, the North Alabama-based team unveiled their space raccoon-themed logos.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Syracuse steps right up, becomes the Mets

Iconic International League team takes name of new parent club

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mets COO Jeff Wilpon unveil the new Syracuse Mets logo. (Rick Nelson/MiLB.com)

By Benjamin Hill | October 16, 2018 4:06 PM ET

Syracuse's International League franchise is owned by the New York Mets. On Tuesday, the team announced that it will adopt the Mets name as its own.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Change is good: 2018 affiliation shifts

Upheaval in Pacific Coast League highlights biannual ritual

Ten teams have changed affiliations heading into 2019. Meanwhile, San Antonio moves up a level and Amarillo joins the Texas League.

By Benjamin Hill | October 4, 2018 10:04 AM ET

At the conclusion of an even-numbered season, the affiliation shuffle begins. Ben Hill takes a look at the changes that occurred across the Minor Leagues.

Benjamin Hill is a reporter for MiLB.com and writes Ben's Biz Blog. Follow Ben on Twitter This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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