Hartford baseball team to be named “Yard Goats”

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The minor league baseball team formerly
known as the New Britain Rock Cats will become the Hartford Yard Goats starting next year.

The team announced the new name Wednesday afternoon. In mid-February, the team ran a naming contest online that received more than 6,000 submissions. By early March, organizers had identified the most likely picks for the new name.

The Top-10 contenders were released last week, and after more than 35,000 votes the group was whittled down to the five finalists. Those finalists were:

Yard Goats
River Hogs
Hedgehogs
Praying Mantis
Whirlybirds
After another round of voting from the public, the name ‘Yard Goats’ was selected.

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