Staten Island Yankees rebrands itself as the 'Pizza Rats'

The Staten Island Yankees, the New York Yankees' Class A affiliate, will now be known as the Staten Island Pizza Rats on Saturday nights.

The Staten Island Yankees are finally making good on a fan vote from 2016. "Pizza Rats" emerged as the winning moniker in the Name the Team contest, when fans voted overwhelmingly for the infamous pizza slice-carrying subway rodent seen in a viral video.

The Yankees were initially supposed to rename themselves for the league's 2017 season, but later announced they would be saving the "rebranding process" for 2018, Fox Sports reported. Out of the top five suggestions - the Pizza Rats, Bridge Trolls, Island Heroes, Killer Bees and Rock Pigeons - the Pizza Rats were chosen.

What's your take on the 5-night name change?

"I understand it's polarizing when heard for the first time", said Smith.

Players will wear Pizza Rats gear during the five games in which the name is changed, and Pizza Rats hats, T-shirts and more will be on sale to fans.

Related:

Comments

Latest news

Raptors assistant Nurse promoted to head coach
Toronto fired Dwane Casey on May 11 after the team was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference semifinal. The Toronto Raptors are hiring assistant Nick Nurse to become the franchise's new head coach, league sources told ESPN.

New Spider-Man Gameplay Trailer Teases the Sinister Six
As seen in this video, Spider-Man is working with Yuriko Watanabe, an NYPD captain who became the Wraith in the Marvel Universe. This chase gave way to a huge helipad battle against the whole crew, and Spider-Man was losing pretty badly.

Nikola Katic: Rangers sign Croatian defender on four-year deal
Katic is a 21-year-old centre-back who made his global debut for Croatia last year, and is a regular in his current club's side. Meanwhile, striker Joe Dodoo is closing in on a loan move to Blackpool.

Arron Banks Insists There’s "No Evidence" Leave.EU Took Russian Money
Leave.EU was fined £70,000 by the Electoral Commission earlier this year for breaches of election law in the Brexit referendum. Previous to Banks and Wigmore's French exit the pair had been under fire for alleged links to Russian Federation .

Rolls-Royce says compressor issue found in different Trent 1000 engine
According to Rolls some 380 package C engines were in service while there were 166 package B engines in service. Rolls-Royce Holding PLC now has an average rating of Hold and an average price target of GBX 634.80 ($7.92).

Other news