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Trash Pandas Headed to Huntsville, Plus Other Wacky Team Names

And it’s root, root, root for the Trash Pandas! 

OK, so that might not have the same ring to it as, say, the Braves or the Red Sox, but they’re our Trash Pandas, and we have to love them. It was announced Wednesday that the minor league baseball team coming to the Huntsville area will be the Trash Pandas.

Of course, Facebook was divided on the news, with some supporters loving the name and others scratching their heads. The news even went national, with Sports Illustrated and NPR picking up the announcement.

The full name will be the Rocket City Trash Pandas — because apparently they needed a way to distinguish themselves from other Trash Pandas around the country.

The Angels’ double A affiliate will move from Mobile, where they’re known as the Baybears, to Huntsville in 2020, according to Sports Illustrated.

A Lacey’s Spring man posed the idea for Trash Pandas, according to WHNT. It took more than three months of voting, but Trash Pandas was the obvious win in every round.

What exactly is a trash panda?

According to Business Insider, the term “trash pandas” was coined in 2014 when a Reddit user made the comment, “raccoons = trash pandas.”

There’s actually a reason raccoons were chosen to represent Huntsville’s new team. Aside from their terrifying people-like hands, they’re smart little critters.

The description on the voting ballot read, “Our community is known for engineering, and no creature in our galaxy is as smart, creative, determined and ingenious a problem solver — dedicated to the challenge at hand — as our local raccoons!”

Chihuahuas and Biscuits

Having an unusual minor-league baseball team name isn’t that crazy. Check out this list of other teams who have questionable mascots:

  • Hartford Yard Goats
  • Binghamton Rumble Ponies
  • Pensacola Blue Wahoos
  • Everett Aquasox
  • Tri-city ValleyCats
  • Midland RockHounds
  • Clinton LumberKings
  • Akron Rubberducks
  • Batavia Muckdogs
  • El Paso Chihuahuas
  • Erie SeaWolves
  • Down East Wood Ducks
  • Fort Wayne TinCaps
  • Lansing Lugnuts
  • Lehigh Valley IronPigs
  • Montgomery Biscuits
  • Toledo Mud Hens

When you look at things that way, the Trash Pandas name fits right in. No matter what the name is, Huntsvillians who grew up watching the Stars play are happy to see America’s pastime back in the area.

What do you think of the name Trash Pandas? Let us know in the comments.


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Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She's learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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