Brewers’ Florida State League Affiliate Starts ‘Name the Team’ Campaign
Osceola County, Florida – A new Minor League Baseball team will call Osceola County Stadium home at the start of the 2017 season – and fans have a chance to name the Florida State League franchise.
“It’s exciting to be able to announce that we are keeping professional sports in Osceola County,” said Commissioner Brandon Arrington. “We have a proud pro baseball tradition. One of my best childhood memories is watching my Pittsburgh Pirates during Spring Training, seeing a home run and being able to go after the ball. Minor League baseball is a good value for families and folks are excited to have a team. It’s also a way to connect with our visitors, who will be able to enjoy games from April through September.”
There are just 160 minor league teams throughout the country and 12 in the Florida State League. The team, currently known as the Manatees, is relocating from Brevard County. A Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, team officials stressed that the team will connect with the local community.
“We are thrilled to be in Central Florida. This is a great, growing market with a passionate and diverse fan base,” said Joe Harrington, president of the team. “This is Central Florida’s team. The team will be branded locally; we’ll be engaged in the community year round and will focus on being a focal point of this community.”
Fans can submit proposed team names to a contest being held at www.probaseballbackincentralflorida.com through July 13. The top six submissions will be put to a vote starting July 18. The fan that submits the winning name will receive a pair of free season tickets for 2017, a home jersey and the opportunity to throw out a ceremonial first pitch to a home game next year.
Along with Arrington and Harrington, Deputy County Manager Beth Knight, Florida State League President Ken Carson, Minor League Baseball Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs & Generals Counsel Scott Poley, team owner Dr. Tom Winters made the formal announcement from the Osceola County Stadium infield Wednesday morning during a press conference.