New logos for Smokies
The Tennessee Smokies have a new “intimidating blue bear” as their new logo on Wednesday afternoon as part of a press conference that revealed new logos, colors and uniforms for the 2015 season.
"We are very excited with these changes as we enhance our brand," said Smokies Vice President and COO Chris Allen. "We have maintained the elements of our local community from our previous logos, including the Great Smoky Mountains, while creating a sharp, updated look to the franchise."
The team's primary colors, along with the lettering and numbers have also been changed to reflect the Smokies' parent club, the Chicago Cubs, with Royal Blue, Light Blue, Red, and Tan as the team's new colors. The Smokies have been the Double-A affiliate of the Cubs since the beginning of the 2007 season, with the two teams announcing a four-year extension earlier during the 2014 campaign. Under that current deal, the two clubs will be aligned through 2018.
"Matching our color scheme with the Chicago Cubs further reflects the great partnership we have enjoyed with them since our affiliation with them began in 2007," stated Smokies General Manager Brian Cox. "It's an iconic brand, and we expect to continue our relationship with them for many years."
The home white and road gray uniforms remain largely unchanged, minus the updated logos, while the alternate uniform has been tweaked. That uniform features a light blue color with the "Bear Head Logo" in front of a red circle on the left chest. In addition, the road cap will feature the blue "Bear Head Logo" on red stitching.
Arizona Fall League—Mesa 9, Scottsdale 3
In his second start, third game, 23-year-old Ivan Pineyro (1-0, 3.86 ERA) earned his first win in the AFL. Retiring the Scorpions in order, Pineyro only needed 12 pitches to get through the first inning, including a strikeout of Yankees prospect Aaron Judge. A leadoff single and a four-pitch walk put the Dominican in a jam in the second. After a force out put runners on the corner, Pineyro surrendered a three-run homer to L.J. Mazzilli. His second strikeout and a ground out ended the 27-pitch frame. After retiring the first two hitters of the third and reaching a 50-pitch limit, Pineyro left with a line of 2.2 IP, 2H, 3R, 1BB, 3K.
Three Cubs prospects were in the starting lineup for Mesa. Addison Russell (.190) delivered a two-run single in the second and ended the day 1-for-6.....Bijan Rademacher (.467) continued to make the most of his taxi squad appearances as the right fielder ripped two singles, walked once and scored twice.....1B Daniel Vogelbach (.214) was also on base three times with two singles, a walk and a run scored.
Venezuelan Winter League
Carlos Zambrano made his second pinch-hitting appearance in Magallanes’ 4-1 win over Caracas., striking out in the 9th. Zambrano’s goal is to be in the starting rotation by the second week of November. Caracas’ Loiger Padron worked .2 shutout frames, allowing a hit and recording a strikeout.
Dominican Winter League
Aguilas’ Manny Ramirez knocked in his fifth run of the season with a single to help lead Aguilas to a 2-1 win over Escogido. On Tuesday, Ramirez slugged his first homer, doubled and knocked in three runs against Estrellas.
Estrellas’ Junior Lake (.211) had his first multi-hit game with a pair of singles and scored three times in the 11-1 win over Licey. Marcos Mateo pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts in the victory.
Former Cubs left-hander Brooks Raley (Angels) got his first start for Gigantes against Toros. Raley was claimed off waivers back in February from the Twins and after being waived again, was picked up by the Angles and pitched in six games in AAA at Salt Lake. In his start on Wednesday night, the left-hander tossed four shutout innings with two hits and three walks. He fanned two and didn’t figure in the decision as Gigantes beat Toros 4-1 with three runs in top of the 10th.