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If all the MLB teams adopted this nickname...
2006-01-26 10:39
by Bob Timmermann

The new Houston team in MLS is going to be called Houston 1836 in honor of the city's founding.

So, here are the MLB equivalents:

AL East
New York 1624
Boston 1630
Toronto 1750
Baltimore 1729
Tampa Bay 1876 (using St. Pete)

AL Central
Chicago 1833
Cleveland 1796
Minnesota 1855 (using Minneapolis)
Detroit 1701
Kansas City 1839

AL West
Los Angeles 1781 of 1857
Oakland 1852
Texas 1875 (for Arlington)
Seattle 1865

NL East
Atlanta 1845
Philadelphia 1682
Florida 1896 (for Miami)
New York 1624
Washington 1790

NL Central
St. Louis 1764
Houston 1836
Chicago 1833
Cincinnati 1788
Pittsburgh 1758
Milwaukee 1833

NL West
San Diego 1769
Arizona 1870 (for Phoenix)
San Francisco 1776
Los Angeles 1781
Colorado 1858 (for Denver)

Your dates of founding may vary.

2006-01-26 11:01:51
1.   Ken Arneson
Heck, let's make people use that format, too.

Hi, I'm Arneson 1966.

2006-01-26 11:10:14
2.   Bob Timmermann
We should make Julio Franco use it.

Or Albert Pujols.

2006-01-26 11:32:52
3.   Cliff Corcoran
Wait, I get it now! I could never understand why the Devil Ray's (and Buccaneers and Lightning etc.) weren't the "Tampa Devil Rays" (etc.) after the city of Tampa. "Who names a team after a body of water?" I'd ask. But now I understand, they're named after the Greater Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area . . . I guess.

Personally, I think if the Marlins move to Portland they should be the Portland Bassmaster '76.

2006-01-26 11:33:37
4.   Vishal
that would be incredibly confusing when the 1624's played each other in interleague. or the 1833's.
2006-01-26 11:42:57
5.   Bob Timmermann
How about New York 1846 vs. New York 1683?

I don't see a way around the two Chicagos.

2006-01-26 11:46:23
6.   Blaine
I was lazily reading through the list and then when I got to the Los Angeles 1781 of 1857 I laughed out loud. Thanks.
2006-01-26 11:55:03
7.   Bob Timmermann

That was a lot of work to get in one joke.

2006-01-26 12:43:20
8.   Kayaker7
It's pretty common in the soccer world to use a founding date in the team's name.

In this case, the year of the team's founding:

2006-01-26 13:00:57
9.   DXMachina
3 But now I understand, they're named after the Greater Tampa Bay Metropolitan Area . . . I guess.

Yeah, that plus the stadium is in St. Peterburg.

I, too, laughed out loud at Los Angeles 1781 of 1857.

What a terrible idea, although I suppose it's better than the Houston Booters of Corpus Christi, or some such.

2006-01-26 13:32:40
10.   Cliff Corcoran
DXMachina, the location of their stadium means very little, especially to a "New York" (football) Giants fan.
2006-01-26 14:14:45
11.   Daniel Zappala
You laugh now, but it will all make sense when Moreno eventually reclaims the Los Angeles Angels name and becomes the dominant Los Angeles area team, despite not actually playing in LA proper. He can't say that now, due to the lawsuit, but I have no doubt that this is the long term plan.

I think last season he should have had a "retro night" every night and worn some old Los Angeles Angels uniforms.

2006-01-26 14:30:23
12.   Bob Timmermann
I went for the location of the stadiums just because I needed something to go by.

I was very surprised to learn that Los Angeles is so much older than Atlanta.

2006-01-26 15:16:20
13.   misterjohnny
Arte Moreno really pisses me off for screwing the city of Anaheim. The city cut a deal to pay for stadium improvements on the condition that they get the name recognition and thus tourism dollars. Moreno tries to find a legal loophole to screw the city. And the press has given him a free pass, all because he lowered beer prices that were some of the highest in the league.
2006-01-26 20:24:57
14.   Jon Weisman
Any thought to using state dates for the state teams?
2006-01-26 22:13:39
15.   Bob Timmermann
What date would you use for Texas?
2006-01-27 13:27:28
16.   tjshere
Los Angeles 1781 of 1857

LMAO! At first I thought the impossible had happened and Bob had committed a typo. Finally, reality dawned on me. Kwite Klever!

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