We told you a few weeks back that the Akron Aeros were considering changing the name of the team. They ran a contest over at the Akron Beacon Journal asking fans to vote on keeping ‘Aeros’ or suggesting a new monicker.
The results of the original poll are being kept confidential, but the club has released a new contest page with 15 names, including Aeros, for fans to vote on. Names will be eliminated in fives throughout the season until the final five are voted on and a winning name announced after the season has concluded.
Dan Foust said that the team was “Gauging the interest and affinity for the Aeros brand.”
Before the Aeros played in Akron, they were of course the Canton-Akron Indians. The team moved to Akron in 1997, and adopted the name Aeros after fans voted for that name over the ‘Quest’ and the ‘Spirit’. The vote only came to pass because the team’s original name, the ‘Blast’ was deemed inappropriate.
So the name of the franchise is again in the hands of the fans. Here are your choices-
Yep. That’s the list. The names selected represented the most popular choices in the original poll, along with several that the team felt accented the history of the area.
This is where any semblance of fair and balanced reporting takes the rest of the piece off.
Are you kidding me? These new choices are horrible. The Oats? Can’t wait to see that mascot. Gum Dippers? Apparently this was a position in the rubber industry, or forestry. It’s hard to tell. Regardless, is that a name for a minor league baseball team?
The Aeros have won 3 Eastern League championships in Akron. They have won 6 division titles. Maybe there is a little bit of a winning history to this team. Do we really have to re-brand it? Are you that excited to run out and purchase a Canal Diggers jersey? No thanks. I’ll be voting to keep the Aeros name.