Gwinnett Braves announce finalists in name-the-team contest

Written By:  •  Thursday, July 13, 2017

The Triple-A Gwinnett Braves, who will rebrand for the 2018 season, announced the six finalists in their name-the-team this morning. The names listed below and the rationale behind them come from the G-Braves website, where the vote is taking place as you read. I have broken them down into four categories:

Great: This One Should Win

Button Gwinnett portrait by Nathaniel Hone

Gwinnett Buttons: The Buttons honor Gwinnett County’s namesake, Button Gwinnett, signatory of the Declaration of Independence. [Author’s note: Vote for this one!]

Not Bad

Gwinnett Hush Puppies: Our stealthy hunting dog is sneaking through the weeds, about to rustle up some ducks. But don’t think we’re all that serious. You can expect a “corny” fan experience at the “Puppies” game!

Gwinnett Big Mouths: Named after the state fish of Georgia, the Big Mouths are a tribute to bass fishing on Lake Lanier.


Gwinnett Gobblers: The Gobblers celebrate the outdoors, hunting and eating all the foods we love in the state of Georgia.

Gwinnett Sweet Teas: It’s a regional icon “to a tea!” The Sweet Teas celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of Gwinnett County while displaying a real sweet look.

Terrible in Every Way

Gwinnett Lambchops: A chop off the old block, the Lambchops marry the region’s love of home cooking with the Tomahawk Chop of the Atlanta Braves.

Here’s the official announcement from the team:

Whichever name wins, you can rest assured that fans will hate it for three days, complain about it bitterly on Twitter, then embrace it whole-heartedly and buy all of the team’s new merchandise.

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Paul Caputo is a grown man who collects plastic ice cream helmet sundaes from minor league baseball stadiums because he likes logos that much. He is the author of the Story Behind the Nickname Series on this website and can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball. He maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook.