Minor League Baseball will have one fewer team named for its parent club in 2020. When the Potomac Nationals make the move to their new stadium 60 miles south in Fredericksburg, Virginia, for the 2020 season, the team will no longer be named for the big league club in Washington, DC.
The fact that we won’t have an F-Nats means that the clock is ticking to see what the latest wacky nickname in MiLB will be. That said, Fredericksburg is not a town that lends itself to frivolity—it’s most commonly associated with Civil War history, and more recently its place as home to the Marine Corps’s Quantico base, the Army’s Fort Belvoir, the Navy’s Dahlgren Surface Weapons Base, and A.P. Hill, a National Guard fort.
The P-Nats announced a name-the-team contest this week and opened an online submission process, found here, which will be open until May 1. The team’s geographic identifier will be Fredericksburg, but everything up is up for grabs, including colors, mascot, and logo concepts.
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.