NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Staten Island Yankees are looking for a new name — and they want your help.
The team announced it will have a new identity for the 2017 season. It’s asking the public to submit suggestions. The top six choices will be entered into a contest to vote for the new team name. One fan who submits an entry will win two season tickets next year, an official team jersey and the opportunity to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day 2017.
The “Baby Bombers” say they’re looking for a new moniker that better represents Staten Island. The Class A organization will still be affiliated with the New York Yankees.
“This ballpark is a jewel located in a passionate community in the best setting in sports,” team president and operating partner Will Smith said in a news release. “The Staten Island community is proud to have our team here, and we believe rebranding the team to something more specific will make this local brand become more popular here, and ultimately internationally. We are very proud to be Yankees, but equally proud to be part of this community. What moniker best represents this city, borough, and team? You tell us! We want to encompass the passion, cultures, tradition and pride of Staten Island, New York.”
Suggestions can be submitted at http://www.siyanks.com/rebrand.
The Staten Island Yankees began playing in 1999 and have won six New York-Penn League championships. This season, they are celebrating 15 seasons at their waterfront stadium, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.