Connecticut minor league team to get a new name

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The Connecticut Tigers minor league baseball team is getting a new name.

General Manager Dave Schermerhorn says the Detroit Tigers affiliate wants to rebrand for the 2020 season as something that connects better with the local community.

The club is a member of the short-season Single-A New York-Penn League. It recently reached a new long-term lease agreement with the city of Norwich to continue playing in the 6,000-seat Dodd Stadium.

Fans are being asked to submit name suggestions on the Connecticut Tigers website. Schermerhorn says the club will whittle those down to few finalists and hold a public vote on a new name.

Schermerhorn acknowledges the team would like a brand that has better merchandising appeal. He says that could mean something traditional or a “more fun and whacky name and logo.”

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