Blue Collars & Battle Jacks join Crunchers & Doughnuts as finalists
New Team Names Announced After Fan Feedback
BATTLE CREEK, MI: After feedback from the community, the Battle Creek baseball team has announced changes to the finalists in the Name the Team contest. After initially presenting 7 potential team names for fans to vote on last week, the team announced today that they are changing course and announced 4 finalists, including two new names that were not included in last week’s reveal.
New team owner Brian Colopy said, “The response has been more than we could have imagined. Just like in baseball, sometimes you take a big swing and you miss. We are stepping back in the box for another at bat. I can’t thank our fans and key partners enough for their feedback. We told the community that they were going to name the team and we meant it.”
Two team names remain from the initial list of finalists: Crunchers and Doughnuts. There are also two newcomers that fans will be able to vote for: Blue Collars and Battle Jacks.
The Battle Creek Battle Jacks pays respect to the beloved Battle Cats moniker in a new, fun way. With ties to the city’s cereal background, Jacks can refer to the popular Kellogg’s cereal “Apple Jacks”. A “Jack of All Trades” is also a figure of speech to someone with multiple skills which is prevalent for many community members in the Battle Creek area. Finally, in baseball, a “Jack” is a popular term for a home run.
The Battle Creek Blue Collars was a very popular team name submission, and emphasizes the resiliency and toughness of the people living in the Battle Creek area. Also a tie to the many skilled trades and blue collar jobs in the community, “Blue Collar” cities take pride in their hard work and dedication to their craft just like the majority of the top players in the history of the game of baseball.
Well renowned for being the birthplace of the cereal industry, the Battle Creek “Crunchers” signifies the sound made as one enjoys their favorite morning meal each day. Home to Kelloggs and Post, cereal production has been a major cornerstone to the community since the late 1800’s. This name also plays off the sound the bat can make when hitting the ball with force during the game.
Battle Creek Doughnuts pays homage to the “Dough Boys” who passed through the Army training center at Camp Custer in World War I. Thousands of young American men received their first taste of military life here and enjoyed the generous hospitality of the townspeople. Also, a baseball “Doughnut” is a weighted ring that fits over the end of a baseball bat, used for warming up during a baseball game. Finally, nicknamed the “breakfast capital” of the world, the Battle Creek area is home to numerous bakeries and donut shops.
The new Final Four Team Name Vote will begin on Tuesday, December 7th at 10:00am and will end on Tuesday, December 14th at 5:00pm. To Vote, fans can simply visit to pick their favorite team name. Votes will be tallied and once the winning name is selected, the team will schedule a reveal party to present the new name and logo to the community for the very first time.
For voting, fans will be entered into a drawing to win one of 25 Battle Creek Baseball hats or one of 10 limited edition Battle Creek Baseball t-shirts. To gain additional entries into the drawing, fans can
1) Reserve their 5-Game Plan for the 2022 season by calling Alex at 269-962-0735
2) Share your favorite team name finalist on our Facebook page
3) Like and share our “Team Name Finalist Vote” on Facebook
Voting has closed. Stay tuned for the announcement of the new team name!
The Battle Creek Baseball Team is a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. Having completed its’ 27th season, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 22 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, over 250 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including three-time All-Star and 2016 Roberto Clemente Award winner Curtis Granderson, three-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series Champion Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champions Ben Zobrist and Brandon Crawford (SFG) and World Series Champion Chris Sale (BOS). As well as 2019 Rookie of the Year and Home Run Derby Champion Pete Alonso (NYM) and MLB Gold Glove finalist and 2019 Second Team All-MLB shortstop Marcus Semien (TOR). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visit www.battlecreekbombers.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set Battle Creek as your favorite team.