In search of sweetness

The Triple-A ball club formerly known as the New Orleans Zephyrs has renamed itself “Baby Cakes”:

It’s official, the New Orleans Zephyrs are no more. The city’s Triple-A baseball team has been renamed to the New Orleans Baby Cakes, the team announced Tuesday afternoon at a ceremony at Zephyr Field.

Baby Cakes was selected from a group of seven finalists following an online contest, during which more than 3,000 submissions were turned in by fans to replace the Zephyrs nickname, which carried over with the franchise when the team arrived from Denver in 1993.

New Orleans Baby Cakes insignia

The other finalists: Crawfish, King Cakes, Night Owls, Po’boys, Red Eyes, and Tailgators.

You’ll note that Zephyr Field is still Zephyr Field.

I will never again make fun of the Montgomery (Alabama) Biscuits, though I reserve the right to snark at the Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

(Via Fark.)


  1. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2016 · 10:32 am

    A friend of mine who lives in Louisiana reports that many people find this a deeply stupid change.

    I dunno. I tend to like stupid things and I confess I kinda-sorta approve of this now that I’ve seen just how goofy the mascot looks.

    Then again, isn’t one of the points of Triple-A to have really goofy team names?

  2. CGHill »

    18 November 2016 · 11:39 am

    The Iowa Cubs (farm club of Chicago) might disagree.

    Then again, the Isotopes play in Albuquerque.

  3. fillyjonk »

    18 November 2016 · 1:39 pm

    I guess the Cornbelters are in some kind of independent league. (Minor team in my parents’ town).

  4. CGHill »

    18 November 2016 · 1:53 pm

    Normal CornBelters? Yeah, they’re in the Frontier League. No MLB connection.

  5. Brett »

    18 November 2016 · 2:10 pm

    I like localized names better than just taking the top club’s name myself. Crawfish and Tailgators would have been good. But this strikes me as Boaty McBoatface-level stupid.

  6. John Salmon »

    18 November 2016 · 2:34 pm

    The Phillies’ Triple A team is the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. WTF?

  7. CGHill »

    18 November 2016 · 3:10 pm

    Pig iron. Iron ore that’s been through the smelter. And a lot of it comes from the Lehigh Valley.

  8. Dominic Small »

    19 November 2016 · 8:58 am

    Over here in the UK, Baby Cakes doesn’t usually mean there’s going to be a lot of hits – in fact these three were a bonafide one-hit-wonder, #1 and then apparently done:

  9. McG »

    19 November 2016 · 9:17 am

    I guess they didn’t think tourists would understand “King Cakes.”

  10. CGHill »

    19 November 2016 · 11:50 am

    Heck, some mutant form of King Cake appears here in the days prior to Mardi Gras.

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