The Trash Pandas will begin taking season ticket deposits at 9:00 am, Saturday, November 17. Click here for more info!
Soon after this article was published a viewer reached out with a recommendation for a new number one. 11 News staff could not argue the facts. In 2020 there will be a Minor League Baseball team known as the Rocket City Trash Pandas. After reviewing the logo and background for the new Madison, Alabama team 11 News has decided to crown the Trash Pandas the most ridiculous and amazing Minor League Baseball team name. Fly high Trash Pandas, fly high.
Fans couldn't wait to get their hands on Trash Panda gear Saturday during the grand opening of the Trash Pandas Emporium. The store, located at Bridge Street Town Centre, had its soft opening Monday. Many camped out Friday night outside the store not only to buy merchandise but to also put down deposits on season tickets.
Forget the visual arts, literature and music: The most fertile creative work is being done is in the realm of Minor League team names, and the newest one is a corker. When the Mobile BayBears -- the Double-A affiliate of the Angels -- move to Madison, Ala., in 2020, they will transform into ... the Rocket City Trash Pandas. Oh, would a raccoon by any other name smell as sweet?
The public has come up with some really dumb monikers before, but the good folks of Madison, Alabama did not make that mistake when they voted on a name for their new minor league baseball team. They were real guardians of the process, and came up with one of the best names in the galaxy. That's why they will soon have the frickin' honor of rooting for the Rocket City Trash Pandas.
An online naming contest allowed voters to choose both the regional qualifier and team name. Other team name options included Moon Possums, Space Chimps and ThunderSharks. Huntsville is nicknamed "Rocket City" because of its ties to the country's space program.
Rocket City was the runaway favorite in fan voting for the regional identifier (with 67.4% of the vote), beating out North Alabama and Madison. It's a nod to Huntsville's home of NASA's rocket-building operations.
The Rocket City Trash Pandas are coming to Madison, Alabama! The Pandas -- who will relocate from Mobile -- will be the Double-A Southern League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels beginning with the 2020 season.