Hartford Baseball Team: The Stories Behind The Names Up For Vote

Hartford's minor-league baseball team offers up 10 possible nicknames

The Hartford baseball team have announced the top 10 names to be voted on to name the new team. Fans can now vote for their three favorites at On March 11 a final five will be announced with the contestants who submitted the names. The winner will be announced at a press conference on March 18. Names are listed alphabetically with explanations provided by the team.

1 Blue Frogs: Combining Hartford's literary and baseball history, Blue Frogs marries Mark Twain's short story, "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," and the name of Hartford's first baseball team, the Dark Blues.

2 Choppers: Celebrating Hartford's place in Aviation history, the "Choppers" honors Connecticut's invention of the first helicopter in 1939.

3 Hedgehogs: Known as the "Insurance Capital of America," the Hedgehog is a tribute to our insurance industry, while celebrating Hartford's fighting spirit.

4 Honey Badgers: Everyone loves a good alliteration and Honey Badgers is a fun name that falls in line with the Lugnuts, Biscuits and other wacky names Minor League Baseball is known for.

5 Hound Dogs: A smart, loyal and useful dog who is always by your side, just like the community of Hartford.

6 Praying Mantis: As Connecticut's state Insect, the Praying Mantis embodies Hartford's fighting spirit and being known for punching above its weight.

7 River Hogs: This fun team name is a tribute to the legendary "Hog River" that flows under the city of Hartford.

8 Screech Owls: A Hartford native, the screech owls are known for their fierce piercing calls.

9 Whirlybirds: Celebrating Connecticut's helicopter manufacturing and the Northeast Helicopter School, the Whirlybirds opens up all kinds of fun mascot possibilities.

10 Yard Goats: Railroad slang for an engine that switches a train to get it ready for another locomotive to take over, the Yard Goats honors Hartford's rich railroad history.

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