The newest Florida State League affiliate unveiled its logo and nickname today. So please meet the 2010 Bradenton Marauders.
The Pirates affiliate comes to the FSL after Pittsburgh purchased the Reds' Sarasota affiliate and moved it to Bradenton, Pittsburgh's spring training base. (The Reds' high Class A affiliate will play at Lynchburg in the Carolina League next season.)
"We wanted to show that we're Pirates-related, and have a close association with the big league team," Braden general manager Dan Wolfert told MLB.com. "But at the same time, we wanted to maintain our own brand and convey that we are something unique."
I'm still trying to get a hold of Wolfert, but in the meantime here's my two-cents for a promotion: Somehow hook up with A Tribe Called Quest and play a "Midnight Marauders" game in honor of their classic album–or maybe make it a Noon Marauders event to better fit the old-school retirement community. I don't think Q-Tip or the 5-Footer have been heard from in awhile, so they may need the work.
(Hopefully, more to come soon on the Marauders.)
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