The Double-A Binghamton Mets will have a new nickname next season. The team will remain in Binghamton -- there had been rumblings they would relocate -- but they will no longer be known as the Mets. Fans were able to submit suggestions for the name change over the last few weeks.
"Since 1992, the Binghamton Mets and New York Mets have been proud affiliates -- one of the longest affiliations in the Eastern League," said team president John Hughes in a statement. "We're thrilled to be keeping Double-A, New York Mets baseball here in the community but with a new name that everyone in Binghamton can call its own. The new name will bring in a new era that proudly represents a crown jewel of the community."
On Tuesday, the B-Mets announced the six finalists for their new nickname. They are all classic silly minor league team names. Check them out:
Bullheads: A local inhabitant of the Susquehanna River, a Bullhead is a bullhead catfish. The bullhead displays a tough and resilient character such as the Binghamton community.
Gobblers: A symbol of the rich hunting culture of the area, the Gobblers honors the outdoorsman lifestyle and turkeys who call Binghamton home.
Rocking Horses: The Rocking Horses celebrates the Triple Cities' rich history as the "Carousel Capital of the World."
Rumble Ponies: A tribute to the Triple Cities' rich carousel heritage, the Rumble Ponies is a herd of fierce horses that no carousel center pole can contain.
Stud Muffins: While tipping a cap to the players on the field, the Stud Muffins celebrates the collection of carousel horses belonging to Binghamtonians.
Timber Jockeys: Combining the fun of Minor League Baseball with the rich carousel history of the Triple Cities, the Timber Jockeys pays homage to everyone that rides the carousels.
The Stud Muffins! The Rumble Ponies! I love it. Minor-league teams should have silly nicknames. That the nickname will also have some sort of ties to the community makes it even better.
You can vote for the team's new nickname right here. No one asked me, but I'm #TeamStudMuffins.