The New Britain Rock Cats were the Double-A franchise of the Twins last year, but they switched over to the Rockies' organization for 2015. The new parent team's first order of business? Planning a move to Hartford, and then hosting a vote to pick a new name, which would eventually -- with a little insistence on our end -- be the Yard Goats.
They won't start playing as the Yard Goats until the 2016 season, but don't worry. You can see their interpretation of a yard goat right now, in logo form, courtesy Uni Watch's Paul Lukas:
Logo for new AA Hartford Yard goats: Nifty typography but does mascot have mad goat disease?? pic.twitter.com/xPAMfRjoqX— Paul Lukas (@UniWatch) July 8, 2015
Hey now, the goat isn't mad, just chewing on a baseball bat, anticipating the start of the Yard Goats' inaugural season just like the rest of us.
A nifty little touch for Hartford's new sports team: the Yard Goats will have the blue and green of the departed Hartford Whalers. Hey, it's not the same sport, nor is it a major-league franchise, but it's a way to live on besides retro hats and Mallrats quotes.
Apparently you can purchase gear with the logo on it right now. Cal Ripken already did!