When the Double-A Binghamton Mets rebranded in 2016, four of the six finalists in the name-the-team contest paid homage to the town’s status as the carousel capital of the world. The final selection, Rumble Ponies, beat out Rocking Horses, Timber Jockeys, and Stud Muffins. (The other two finalists were Gobblers and Bullheads, referencing turkey hunting and a species of catfish, respectively.)
Less than three years since the name-the-team contest, the Rumble Ponies announced they will play a “What Might Have Been” game as the Stud Muffins this season. While the logo features an anthropomorphized muscle-armed muffin (banana-blueberry, maybe?), the name itself relates to carousels. In announcing the finalists in the name-the-team contest in 2016, the erstwhile B-Mets explained the option Stud Muffins like this: “While tipping a cap to the players on the field, the ‘Stud Muffins’ celebrates the collection of carousel horses belonging to Binghamtonians.”
The game will take place Friday, June 14, against the Altoona Curve.
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 first book published by SportsLogos.net, The Story Behind the Nickname: The Origins of 100 Classic, Contemporary, and Wacky Minor League Baseball Team Names. He can be found on Twitter at @Count2Baseball and he maintains the Countdown to Spring Training on Facebook. Paul is a Philadelphia sports fan, but he's not so bad.