Reading Phillies to announce new name on Nov. 17
It looks like the Scranton / Wilkes-Barre Yankees won’t be the only Pennsylvania-based minor league team with a new name next year.
The Reading Phillies are also re-branding, and will officially announce their new name on Saturday, November 17th at a semi-public event at FirstEnergy Stadium. Subscribers to the team’s Baseballtown Insider email newsletter will be invited.
“Since 1967, the Reading Phillies have been proud affiliates of the Philadelphia Phillies,” Reading General Manager Scott Hunsicker said via statement. “Our relationship is the longest affiliation in the minor leagues and there has never been a better time to be a Phillies affiliate.. Considering the heritage and fun nature of Baseballtown, our entire front office is extremely anxious to unveil and share our new name with everyone on November 17th.”
Given their long-term affiliation with the Philadelphia Phillies, it will be strange to see them called something different next year. I’m very curious about the new name, as well as how the team will tie their multitude of existing mascots to the new identity.
Update: A Change.org petition urging the Reading Phillies to keep their current name has more than 200 supporters as of 8 p.m. on November 4th.