NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After a fan vote to find a new name, the Staten Island Yankees have announced that they are now … the Staten Island Yankees?
The New York Yankees’ affiliate in Class-A New York-Penn League announced Monday that it is keeping its name for the 2017 season.READ MORE: After Almost 2 Years, New York Philharmonic Returns For 180th Season
The finalists for the new name were the Pizza Rats, Bridge Trolls, Island Heroes, Killer Bees and Rock Pigeons.READ MORE: American Dream Mall Unveils 'The Avenue,' Featuring Luxury Shopping & Fine Dining
In a news release, the team said it became clear that the approval of the new name and artwork would take longer than anticipated. The name change, however, is not dead, with the team saying only that the rebranding process had been tabled.
“We had a favored name, logo and branding plan,” Staten Island Yankees president Will Smith said in the news release. “We were prepared to move forward, but encountered obstacles that unfortunately delayed the process beyond industry deadlines. These delays also would have compromised the quality of the product we aim to bring our fans.”MORE NEWS: 'Curtain Up!' Festival Celebrating Broadway's Return Kicks Off In Times Square: 'We're All Just Feeling This Joy Together'
The Staten Island Yankees began playing in 1999 and have won six New York-Penn League championships. Last season, they celebrated 15 seasons at their waterfront stadium, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark.