ST. GEORGE, Staten Island — The Staten Island Yankees are enlisting the help of fans to find a new name.
Known as the Baby Bombers, the team is planning to take on a different identity beginning in 2017.
With the help of an online contest, the team will choose a new moniker after fans submit possible names. The winner will be picked from the six top choices.
Fans who enter will win two 2017 season tickets, an official team jersey and be entered for the opportunity to throw out the first pitch on Opening Day 2017, according to the contest rules.
The Staten Island Yankees have been playing for 17 years. After playing at the College of Staten Island for two years, the team moved to their current home, the Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St. George, and they have since won six New York-Penn League titles, the most of any team in their league.
Despite the name change, the team will still remain affiliated with the New York Yankees.
“This ballpark is a jewel located in a passionate community in the best setting in sports,” Will Smith, team president and operating partner, said in a news release. “The Staten Island community is proud to have our team here, and we believe rebranding the team to something more specific will make this local brand become more popular here, and ultimately internationally.”
“We are very proud to be Yankees, but equally proud to be part of this community,” Smith said. “What moniker best represents this city, borough, and team? You tell us! We want to encompass the passion, cultures, tradition and pride of Staten Island, New York.”
Have an idea for the Staten Island Yankees’ new name? Submit it here on their online entry form.