There were over 800 names submitted from Fond du Lac baseball fans to the team’s website in the initial phase of selecting the nickname.
The five finalists – with an explanation of each name – are:
- Barn Owls: The Barn Owls pays tribute to our farming heritage and these majestic birds. Hoot, hoot, hoot for the home team!
- Dock Spiders: These enterprising critters call Lake Winnebago home and are known to be the gentle giants of the spider world. With their eight legs they sure can swing a lot of bats.
- Lake Flies: They’re ubiquitous, tenacious and travel in packs like our players. Kids will love “catching a fly” while rooting for the Lake Flies next May!
- Pipsqueaks: A nod to our famous fresh squeaking curds, Pipsqueaks celebrates our young up-and-coming players and the kind of fun minor league baseball is known for!
- Shantymen: A celebration of the world’s largest population of Lake Sturgeon, the Shantymen honors those who brave Lake Winnebago to catch this elusive beast.
Fans may vote for their favorite finalist at this link. Votes will be accepted through October 31. The team will award a Fond du Lac Baseball prize pack to one of the lucky voters.
“We were overwhelmed by the number of team name entries submitted by the Fond du Lac community,” said General Manager Ryan Moede. “We look forward to having our fans help us once again by voting for the official team name.”
The winning nickname will be announced in mid-November.
Fond du Lac baseball will begin its first season in May of 2017.