Six finalists for the new nickname for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre‚??s baseball team were announced more than three months ago from nearly 3,000 votes from fans.
The winning name? Trolley Frogs.
Gotcha. The team has gone to great lengths to maintain its secret. Although after digging up dirt on the situation, the new team name does appear to be favoring the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Trolley Frogs.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre organization has done a phenomenal job of keeping the chosen one hidden, unlike what transpired with Double-A Reading‚??s attempt at keeping its new name secluded from the public.
Last week, the Reading Phillies announced they were changing the nickname and that the new brand would be revealed later this week. But shortly after that announcement, SportsLogos.net broke the news that the new name would be either the Reading Fightins or the Reading Fightin‚?? Phillies based on domain registrations.
It wasn‚??t that easy finding information for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre‚??s new moniker because domain names and Twitter accounts for all six finalists had been registered for the franchise; obviously none of them are active.
And then there‚??s the magic seventh finalist ‚?? the one the team didn‚??t tell us about. That‚??s right there was one extra name that was also picked up. In addition to Black Diamond Bears, Blast, Fireflies, Porcupines, RailRiders and Trolley Frogs, Lumberchucks was also set as a domain name as found by Chris Creamer of the SportsLogos.net site.
What is known is that Lumberchucks will not be the choice as there is no Twitter account set up, nor was it an announced finalist.
Porcupines would seemingly be eliminated as well, as a domain for that name was acquired by the franchise a week after the other six (five finalists and Lumberchucks).
The team name has been selected though as merchandise will likely be available for purchase at Wednesday‚??s ‚??Big Reveal‚?Ě party at Genetti Manor in Dickson City.
There is nothing definitive found stating that Trolley Frogs will be chosen. However, it seems to be the most marketable name available. Internet speculation also highly favors the Trolley Frogs as a choice. The former Yankees also purchased the site trolleyfrogs.com to go along with all six finalists with a ‚??swb‚?Ě in front of their names (for example, swbtrolleyfrogs.com).
Truth be told, they also bought blackdiamondbears.com, though that name would be the most cumbersome in sports history. No professional sports team would have a longer full name than Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Black Diamond Bears.
The good news, it appears Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is here to stay, based on the seven domains and six Twitter handles.
So imagine going to PNC Field and seeing leap frog dancers or ordering frog strips (chicken strips, after all, frog legs taste just like chicken) or maybe seeing entertainment in between innings with the bases being designated as lily pads.
The Big Reveal Party
What: The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre baseball team‚??s unveiling its new nickname, logos, and uniforms.
When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Genetti Manor, 1505 Main St., Dickson City
Admission: Free; along with free food and non-alcoholic drinks
What to know: The event will be a family-friendly party with a carnival-like atmosphere and attractions, including inflatable games, jugglers, caricature artists, face painters and balloon artists.
Master of ceremonies: Team President and General Manager Rob Crain will be the emcee, but several surprise guests will be on hand.