The people have spoken. Las Vegas, NV, and Nashville, TN will be the recipients of MLB expansion franchises, and now I’m asking for your vote again on which team name will be assigned to each city.
For part 2 of this series, I will come up with 4 possible team names and explanations for Las Vegas and Nashville, and hold another Instagram story vote on Saturday 5/1 at 5 pm to determine the team name for each of our two expansion teams.
For part 3, I will use the create-a-team and create-a-stadium features of MLB The Show 21 to bring the two teams you guys voted on to life. I give the options, you guys make the decisions, and part 3 will be the big reveal of the two expansion teams we created together.
So let’s get into our team nickname options:
Nashville is home to country music’s biggest stars, making the Stars a fitting name choice. The name also pays tribute to the Negro Leagues ball club from Nashville that shared the name. In addition, the Tennessee state flag features three white stars in a navy blue circle on a crimson background. The movement to bring MLB to Nashville revolved around the Stars name, making it the obvious choice and my personal choice.
The name of a former collegiate summer team based in Nashville, Outlaws pays tribute to the popular genre of country music known as “outlaw country.” Ever heard of Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, or Hank Williams Jr? What better way to pay tribute to the legends of Nashville’s past than by naming its new ball club the Outlaws, not to mention outlaw country is making a comeback in recent years.
The state animal of Tennessee is the raccoon, which are nature’s bandits. A raccoon would make for a pretty cool mascot and logo (reminds me of the Orioles cartoon bird,) and the name Bandits fits right in with Outlaws as paying tribute to the influence the wild west had on Nashville and country music.
A Rambler is someone who travels the countryside, which Tennessee has a lot to offer. Johnny Cash repeatedly referred to himself in his music as a rambler, and who better to inspire the name of the Nashville Ball Club than the Man in Black himself. Just imagine “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” playing while the lineup is announced….chills.
Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas Invaders
Area 51 is only 85 miles from the Las Vegas strip, and dare I say there could be aliens walking among us? Before rebranding to the Aviators, Vegas’ AAA team was known as the 51’s and an extraterrestrial team name is way too good not to use here. The Raider’s new stadium already looks like a spaceship, so let’s just go all-in on the alien theme. Plus, Nevada’s neighbor to the east is New Mexico, home of the most famous UFO crash in history.
Las Vegas Kings
The Kings works in three different ways. First, the name refers to the playing card and Vegas’ status as the gambling capital of the United States. Second, the NHL team in Vegas is the Golden Knights, and what good is a knight without a King and a kingdom? Third, Las Vegas icon Elvis Presley was known as the king of rock and roll, or for short just The King. Can you imagine an Elvis mascot running around the ballpark?!
Nevada is home to five different species of rattlesnakes, the mohave, sidewinder, western diamondback, speckled, and great basin rattlesnakes. Rattlesnakes are pit vipers, meaning they have a small heat-sensing pit between each eye and nostril that aids in hunting. Two states over are the Arizona Diamondbacks, so the southwest already has a rattlesnake-themed team, but perhaps this could set up a rivalry between slithery counterparts.
Las Vegas Venom
I just mentioned the five species of rattlesnakes that call Nevada home, but did you know that without treatment just one bite from a rattlesnake can kill you? That is because rattlesnakes produce a venom composed of hemotoxins and neurotoxins that begin to break down your bodily functions. The Venom is an intimidating and fitting team name sure to strike fear in the hearts of their opponents.
Be sure to go to our Instagram story @capitalsportsmn on Saturday 5/1 at 5 pm to vote for the team name you want for each city! This is the last choice you guys get to make before the big reveal, so make sure your voice gets heard!