12 of Our Favorite Weird Minor League Baseball Team Names

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Minor League Baseball (MiLB) is part of professional baseball's hierarchy of leagues in the Americas. Although players compete at a level below Major League Baseball (MLB), MiLB teams prepare players for the majors, and, as an added bonus, bring baseball to smaller cities and areas that don't have MLB teams. 

As of the 2021 season, there are over 100 teams in MiLB across the United States and Canada. In addition to MLB-affiliates, there are independently operated clubs, too. But, no matter their structure, many of these teams have one major thing in common: weird team names. 

Often, minor league teams rely on local "in-jokes" and references to an area's history in order to connect with fans and build a community feel. Plus, a strange name — what is a "yard goat," for example? — can go a long way when it comes to marketing and sales efforts. 

Whether honoring a city's spirit and history or capitalizing on a cheesy, fan-sourced moniker, most of these team names are at least just a little bit strange, though a few really stand out from the pack. With this in mind, we've rounded up 12 of our favorite weird minor league baseball team names. So, let's play ball!