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“Enjoy the Porcupine!” The Yankees new Triple-A team is called the RailRiders

Nov 15, 2012, 4:00 PM EDT

It’s not the “Rail Riders” because that doesn’t catch that 21st century vibe of silly, mashed together words to make things old-timey seem all fresh and new. You know, like HardballTalk.

Anyway, it’s the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. And just because they don’t care what you think, their logo is a giant, angry porcupine on railroad tracks:


And the explanation:

The team name was selected after fans suggested over 2,700 different names in a month-long name-the-team contest. The RailRiders moniker pays homage to the very first trolley system in America, one created right here in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

A porcupine conductor, the gritty critter that calls NEPA home, is at the centerpiece of the identity. Fans will enjoy the classic lettering and trolley tracks, combined with various porcupine, conductor and electric marks.

No word if “enjoy the porcupine” is the new team motto. But it should be. I mean, if you’re gonna try this hard to put the minor back in minor leagues, you may as well go all out.

(thanks to Gary for the heads up)


  1. sictransitchris - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    hate it.

  2. cur68 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    A beaver would eat that thing alive. If Beavers ate flesh of course. It’d certainly burn its capital.

    • paperlions - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      A fisher could make quick work of a porcupine…a beaver would just wind up with a face full of quills.

      • cur68 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Where I used to live had both beavers and porcupines living along the same water way. One day I found a dead porcupine under the remains of a large tree, crushed. Guess the Beav had gnawed it down while the porc was in it.

        Beaver – 1
        Porcupine – 0

      • paperlions - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:59 PM

        That Beaver was a low down dirty rotten yella coward I tell ya….he was yella!

      • historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:14 PM

        Exactly, paper. He couldn’t beat him mammal to mammal, so he killed a tree to get him. Come to think of it, beavers are just a bunch of tree-killers generally.

      • presidentmiraflores - Nov 15, 2012 at 8:59 PM

        This discussion is splendily stupid. Excellent work, gentlemen.

      • cur68 - Nov 16, 2012 at 1:15 AM

        historiophiliac is a girl so that’s Lady & Gentlemen. And thank you. We bring the stupid nearly every day.

      • historiophiliac - Nov 16, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        Ahem. Girl? Woman. This stupid got curves. 😉

  3. trevorb06 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

    Insert dirty joke about rail riders here

    • El Bravo - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Railrider = cokehead

  4. historiophiliac - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    $10 “ride the ‘pine” ends up as a slogan somewhere — ugh

  5. mississippimusicman - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    Love it.

  6. indaburg - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    That angry porcupine on tracks really captures NEPA, heyna or no? I like the little tongue sticking out. Nice touch.

    • JB (the original) - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM

      That would be it’s front teeth, not a tongue. So when their closer blows up a few times, are they going to send a couple guys carrying a 4×4 out with the manager so they can “ride him out of town on a rail”?

      • indaburg - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        Oh, you’re right. I may need glasses.

  7. humanexcrement - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    It almost seems like baseball is deliberately trying to make fools of its minor league players. The names just get dumber and dumber. Incidentally, I grew up in NEPA, and left less than a month after graduating high school, and never once have I looked back, let alone regretted it. There’s nothing whatsoever to celebrate about this area. A big shout out and a hearty FUCK YOU to NE/Central PA, the tennis ball-sized hemorrhoid on the asshole of the world.

    Sorry, I just couldn’t help it.

    • fissels - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Northeast Pa is happy that you, low-grade and degenerate person , left and never came back!

      • humanexcrement - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:18 PM

        You’re right. I’m just not classy enough for places like Shenandoah, Mahanoy City, Mt. Carmel and Hazleton. Go swim in a stripping pit, dude.

      • JB (the original) - Nov 19, 2012 at 9:33 AM

        You must be from Frackville!

  8. megary - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:18 PM

    De nada.

    It’ll never replace “Red Barons” and the WWI plane, but it’s not too bad. Actually the alternate logo with the “R on the tracks” is pretty cool.

  9. boh930 - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    shouldn’t their mascot be like an Elton John or an NPH, or maybe Anderson Cooper, that guy is everywhere now.

  10. sonoco - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    This is still my favorite . . . . but I’m biased

  11. rjmarrella - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Does anyone else hear the cocaine reference in rail rider?

  12. natslady - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    I’m still sorry the Nats unaffiliated with the Vermont Lake Monsters before I got the tee shirt. The Auburn DoubleDays just doesn’t have the same colorful image–though, of course, DoubleDays ishistorical.

    • natstowngreg - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

      It’s Auburn Doubledays, as in Abner Doubleday. Guess because Auburn isn’t too far from Cooperstown.

    • raysfan1 - Nov 15, 2012 at 10:31 PM

      Doubledays is faux historical…unless you mean historical as in Abner Doubleday was a Union general I the Civil War, because it’s quite well established that he was not baseball’s version of James Naismith.

  13. thephilsabide - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    One of the possibles was “Trolley Frogs.” How that didn’t win I have no idea.

    • snowbirdgothic - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      I believe the Trolley Frog is the sworn enemy of the IronPig.

  14. snowbirdgothic - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    Nice to see that Baragon finally found work again.

  15. natstowngreg - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    I like the train reference; it’s appropriate to much of Pennsylvania. As for the “angry porcupine,” meh. At least they didn’t just recycle an animal used by other teams. And it seems that these days, teams (not just minor league ones) have to present angry mascots. Appeals to adolescent boy demographic, which drives merchandise sales.

    The important thing is that the team will get back to its own park, after the renovation. After spending 2012 sleeping in the spare bedrooms of the Rochester Red Wings and other IL teams.

  16. fissels - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:36 PM

    I live in NePa and I don’t get it. I’m thinking the improved stadium will be an attraction but the new name? I think they could have done better.

  17. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:41 PM

    Once upon a time, weren’t all of the Yankees’ affiliates called Yankees? While not terribly adventurous, it seemed to fit with their buttoned-down public image. If you were a Yankee, you were a Yankee.

    • snowbirdgothic - Nov 15, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      That sort of thing started to go out of style right around the time the Astros put a minor league team in Kissimmee.

  18. mookie311 - Nov 15, 2012 at 6:50 PM

    just when i thought i couldn’t possibly be more embarrassed to be a wilkes-barre native…

  19. phipfwe76 - Nov 15, 2012 at 7:53 PM

    The Reading Phillies are changing their name in 2 days. I expect a full report on that disaster as well.

  20. uscthom78 - Nov 15, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    Roidriders or railroiders?

  21. 4d3fect - Nov 15, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Where’s the Steve Howe jokes?

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