For 25 seasons, the Double A team located in Binghamton, New York took the name of their parent team, the New York Mets. This changed last month as the team was re-branded the Binghamton Rumble Ponies.
When the 2016 season began on April 7th, the public contest to pick the new name of the Mets’ Double-A affiliate launched. By April 25th, When submissions closed, fans had submitted more than a thousand possible names.
Leading up to the announcement, there were five other potential names which included the Rocking Horses, Timber Jockeys, Bullheads, Gobblers, and Stud Muffins.
Similar to the Brooklyn Cyclones and the Cyclone roller coaster, the Rumble Ponies pays tribute to the carousel of Binghamton. After all, Binghamton is considered to be the Carousel Capital of the World.
The name and logo aren’t the only things that the team changed as part of their re-branding process. After five years as the team’s manager, Pedro Lopez was hired as the manager of the Las Vegas 51’s. Upon the loss of Lopez, the Rumble Ponies brought on Luis Rojas.
Rojas has been in the Mets organization for 12 seasons, with 2016 having been his second with the St. Lucie Mets. It’s a step in the right direction for Rojas, who led St. Lucie to the Florida State League semifinals in 2016.
Binghamton has had some great success under Lopez. They compiled a 377-329 record with three playoff appearances over five seasons. That run had culminated with their third league championship in 2014, and their first since 1994.
Despite this, 2016 was a down year for them as they held a 63-77 record and finished in fifth place. Hopefully the managing skills that brought Rojas into the playoffs in 2016 could come in play in this new environment and hopefully the new look of the team can attract some new fans.
There is just one question though, are you ready to rumble? Binghamton certainly is.