A recent rumor has been circling on Houston Astros‘ Twitter, where Htown Wheelhouse reported that the Sugar Land Skeeters are changing their team name to fit a space theme. This came over a week ago, but with more chatter going around on possible new team names, where do we stand on the discussion?
The Skeeters have been around since 2012, before they were bought by the Astros before the 2021 season. This new ownership has probably led to a name change pop into the mind of owner Jim Crane, who has embraced the space theme after the Astros’ rebranding in 2013.
The Sugar Land Skeeters are possibly changing their name, but what makes the most sense?
Some organizations change their Triple-A affiliate to the same name as their major-league club. The Oklahoma City Dodgers, Iowa Cubs and Syracuse Mets are the first three that come to mind, but this seems lazy.
The fun in minor-league baseball comes with the atmospheres at outdoor stadiums, along with the unique names and uniforms of the teams playing. The Skeeters fit the city well, but if Crane wants a space theme, it would behoove him to look at more options than the ‘Sugar Land Astros.’
More from Climbing Tal's Hill
- Just how much better is the Houston Astros playoff rotation than the rest?
- Houston Astros: A Lineup Change to Spark Offense
- Astros prospect Hunter Brown throws 6 shutout innings in debut
- Always faithful Astros World Series champion Josh Reddick defends the title
- Michael Conforto declines Astros’ 2-year, $30 million offer
A unique name that everyone loves will bring more traction to the farm team, especially if the branding is clean cut. Sugar Land is so close to Minute Maid Park compared to other affiliates, so the idea of the Sugar Land Astros might not open to more sales with everyone already wearing Houston gear.
There haven’t been any names linked, but I feel like the Comets and Rockets are off the table. It would be neat to bring back the WNBA team name, but an original name could draw even more attention.
Here are a few of my options:
- Moon Walkers
- Grays (aliens)
- Space Jams
These are all my personal opinion, and none of them have been hinted to. This link could help you, as a fan, brainstorm your favorite options.