Beginning at 10:00 AM (EST) on Friday, August 10 and ending on August 24 at 11:59 PM (EST) fans can vote for their favorite choice online at www.swbyankees.com or by filling out a paper ballot in person at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball’s front office located at 50 Glenmaura National Boulevard Suite 101 in Moosic. The team will announce the winning nickname in the coming months at a special event.
While the team will no longer be known as the Yankees, the strong relationship the team has forged with the New York Yankees as the Triple-A affiliate of the “Bronx Bombers” will not change. “The new nickname will give a feeling of local ownership while continuing our strong partnership as Triple-A Affiliate of the New York Yankees,” said Team President and General Manager Rob Crain.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Baseball Nickname Finalists
Blast – The Blast combines the over-the-top fun of MiLB with the tough miners who unearth coal to fuel America’s industrial revolution. It’s also the sound of the Yankees of tomorrow blasting home runs in front of a packed house at PNC Field.
Black Diamond Bears – Paying homage of the rich coal mining history of the SWB area combined with the ferociousness of the black bear, no one will want to mess with them on the field. The natural setting of PNC Field will be the perfect den for the Black Diamond Bears.
Fireflies – Watch the Fireflies light up the night sky at PNC Field in 2013. The state insect of Pennsylvania is a sure sign of summer time in NEPA. Families will have a glowing good time at the ballpark!
Porcupines - This tough as “Quills” animal is a renegade native to Northeast Pennsylvania. The fighting, resilient spirit of the porcupine is the same spirit indicative to our area. With Pulled Porky-Pine Sandwiches, fans are sure to enjoy the fun, creative nature that only Minor League Baseball can bring to the community.
RailRiders – All aboard! We’re not just blowing steam with this one. The SWB express isn’t your ordinary ride on the rails. We’ll be charting our own course as we speed our way into the minds and hearts of NEPA baseball fans. Kids can join the Lil’ Conductors Club or you can shop for your favorite team gear at the Station.