GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. - After months of waiting and plenty of fan input, the Gwinnett Braves are officially now the Gwinnett Stripers.
Team officials unveiled the new name, new fish logo, and uniforms at a press conference at the Stripers home, Coolray Field.
Our new Striper threads are sure to make a splash this season! pic.twitter.com/uxhicaf3H6— Gwinnett Stripers (@GoStripers) December 8, 2017
Former Braves pitcher and baseball Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro was on hand to model the new uniforms.
The Gwinnett Braves are the Triple-A affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, and the community has been buzzing about what the new name could be.
Fans suggested names on the team’s website from May 22 to June 2, and a committee pared those names in recent weeks with a focus on local connections.
The final six names were:
1) Gwinnett Buttons
The Buttons honor Gwinnett County’s namesake, Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence.
2) Gwinnett Gobblers
The Gobblers celebrates the outdoors, hunting and eating all the foods we love.
3) Gwinnett Big Mouths
Named after the state fish of Georgia, the largemouth bass, it is a tribute to bass fishing on Lake Lanier.
4) Gwinnett Hush Puppies
The club’s tidbit on this name — “Our stealthy hunting dog is sneaking through the weeds, about to rustle up some ducks. But don’t think we’re all that serious. You can expect a “corny” fan experience at the “Puppies” game!”
5) Gwinnett Lambchops
A chop off the old block, the Lambchops marries the region’s love of home cooking with the Tomahawk Chop of the Atlanta Braves.
6) Gwinnett Sweet Teas
The Sweet Teas celebrate the laid-back lifestyle of Gwinnett County while displaying a real sweet look.
According to a release from the team, Big Mouths was originally chosen to be the new name, but team officials decided the Big Mouths moniker was not fitting.
The team says a total of 4,024 submissions were entered online, with more than 900 different name ideas.