The Double-A affiliate of the Binghamton Mets changed their name to the Binghamton Rumble Ponies at NYSEG Stadium in a ceremony attended by 700 students, teachers and administrators from local Benjamin Franklin Elementary School. The Binghamton area has a special connection to their new name, as six nearly 100-year-old carousels built and paid for by businessman and philanthropist George F. Johnson are free to the public and very much beloved in the Binghamton area.
Inspiration for the name came from the children’s book, “The Carousel,” written by Binghamton University professor Liz Rosenberg, and much of the team’s new look, which won’t be released until some time in 2017, will pay homage to the people of Binghamton and the Southern Tier.
An armored, white horse with a flame mane jumping free of the carousel is the focal point of the team’s newlogo. The “Rumble Ponies” lettering is formed in classic carousel style, while the road cap logo is a broken silver carousel pole in the shape of a “B” with another broken pole logo forming an “NY,” celebrating New York State. A patch with an anthropomorphic carousel horse sporting boxing gloves will be worn on the jersey sleeves.
Carousel Silver, Fire Red and Binghamton Blue will make up the club's new official colors, and team President John Hughes is excited to begin a new era of baseball in Binghamton.
“With the new name and identity we add another building block to the great tradition and legacy of professional baseball in Binghamton,” Hughes said during the reveal on Thursday, while also adding that “This is only the first step towards a bright future the team shares with the community.”
The new-look and new-name Rumble Ponies will open their 26th straight season at the Double-A level and 103rd pro season in the Southern Tier on April 6, 2017 during their road opener in New Hampshire. The team will have their first home game of the year the following week, April 13, at NYSEG Stadium.null