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The mascot of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants has some fun with the Mad Ants dance team (Photo by Ron Hoskins/NBAE via Getty Images)

9 Strangest Minor League Team Names

The Rangers’ ECHL affiliate announced on Wednesday it’d be re-branded as the Swamp Rabbits, which is certainly one of the more creative team names we’ve ever heard — to say the least.


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Don’t Write Him Off Just Yet: Mets’ D’Arnaud Is Scorching In Minors

The former top prospect is 12-for-29 (.414) with five home runs, 10 RBIs and two doubles. He’s drawn three walks, scored eight runs and struck out only twice. His on-base percentage? A ridiculous .485.


Bobby Abreu #53 of the Philadelphia Phillies swings at a pitch in the sixth inning of a game againt the Houston Astros at Osceola County Stadium on March 20, 2014 in Kissimmee, Florida. Philadelphia won the game 6-3. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

Mets Call Up Veteran Bopper Bobby Abreu, Option Andrew Brown

Outfielder Bobby Abreu will join the Mets on Monday for the opener of a four-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field. His contract has been selected from Triple-A Las Vegas, and Andrew Brown has been optioned.


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Former Mets Pitcher, Minor-League Coach Frank Viola To Undergo Heart Surgery

New York said Tuesday that during a spring-training exam “Mets physicians discovered a heart condition that needed to be corrected as soon as possible.”


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Backman To Return To Mets’ Triple-A Affiliate In Las Vegas In 2014

The Las Vegas 51s announced on Tuesday that manager Wally Backman will return for the 2014 season.


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Report: Valdespin Hurls Vulgarity At Mets Manager After Demotion

Let’s just say Jordany Valdespin didn’t handle being sent down to Triple-A very well.


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Ike Davis Continues To Rake At Triple-A; Mets Mulling Promotion?

Davis is hitting it big in Vegas. The demoted Mets first baseman slugged his fifth home run in four games on Monday night, doubling and driving two runs.


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Report: Wally Backman Irks Mets, Has ‘Zero Chance’ Of Taking Over For Collins

It seems Wally isn’t so popular in Flushing these days — at least among Mets brass.


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Demoted Ike Davis Getting Some Help From Dear Ol’ Dad

Triple-A manager Wally Backman says Ike Davis is “gonna get right” in Las Vegas. Well, maybe he will — with a little family support.


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Las Vegas 51s Manager Wally Backman On Ike Davis: ‘He’s Gonna Get Right’

“I want the kid to go up there and just look strictly for fastballs, and fastballs that he can drive,” Backman said. “…We’ll make the adjustments that need to be made for this guy. He’s gonna get right.”


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Mets Call Up Aardsma, Send Down McHugh

The Mets have sent down Collin McHugh and called up David Aardsma from Triple-A Las Vegas


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Giglio: Mets’ GM Sandy Alderson Is Ringmaster In The Ike Davis Circus

Sending Ike Davis down to Triple-A potentially could harm his already damaged psyche. Either way, Sandy Alderson must make a decision now.


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Report: Mets’ Timetable For Wheeler ‘Has Accelerated A Lot’

Just when will Mets fans get a glimpse at stud prospect Zack Wheeler?


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Backman On Dominant Wheeler: ‘He’s Going To Be Pushing The Door Open Himself’

“He’s turning the corner, that is what we have seen the last two starts,” Backman said. “If we see that a couple of more starts, he’s going to be pushing the door open himself, forcing the issue for sure.”


Joe Torrillo (left) and Mike Hughes (right) speak with Wally Backman. (Credit: Twitter/@BuffaloBisons)

Wally Backman On Future With Mets: ‘I’m Not After Terry’s Job’

“I’m not after Terry’s job,” Wally Backman said. “But my goal is definitely to manage in the big leagues.”