The Wichita Wranglers of the Double-A Texas League moved to Springfield, Arkansas to become the Northwest Arkansas Naturals after the season and the independent American Association quickly jumped into Wichita and Lawrence Dumont Stadium. Definitely a smart move as Wichita isn’t a dead baseball market, it just doesn’t have a stadium and won’t be building one anytime soon that can compete in the continuing upgrading of the Texas League facilities and franchises.
One thing that the Wingnuts have to do is convince people that the American Association isn’t a vastly inferior product and that the team should be taken just as seriously as the Wranglers were. So announcing an identity as bush league as this new Wingnuts nickname and logo is very counter productive.
I’m usually all for different, goofy and fun but only in the right situation. This was not the right situation. They needed something a little more dignified to illustrate their arrival. I have a hard time taking them seriously with that silly rabbit, baseball, wingnut, dog thing that they have going on below. Maybe the Wingnuts is the right name. It definitely is catchy, but these logos are amateur and don’t give off the right impression that this team needs to build.
At the very least, if you are going to try to do something different and make a big splash, the name and the logos shouldn’t be unoriginal. Remember the Lansing Lugnuts? Yeah, same idea, except done 11 years ago and done so much better then.