Yard Goats Ranked as 2nd Weirdest Minor-League Baseball Name: Report

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The name isn't so bahhhd.

Hartford's Yard Goats were ranked second on a list of "weirdest" minor-league baseball team names put out by Sports Illustrated

New York's Batavia Muck Dogs took the spot for first place. Maybe next time, Yard Goats.

The unique name was picked last March when the team, formerly known as the New Britain Rock Cats, hosted a "Name the Mascot" contest, according to the Hartford Courant.

The Courant said the name "Yard Goat" refers to an old railroad slang term for an engine that switches a train to get ready for another locomotive but the team has taken more of an animal angle. 

In February, released a new jingle for the team called, "Eat it Up!"

"Once you hear it, you'll not be able to unhear it," Yard Goats Assistant General Manager Mike Abramson told NBC Connecticut.

It's not all upbeat.

The team's new stadium in Hartford has caused some problems for the city and developers to be completed by its scheduled opening day on May 17. The Dunkin' Donuts stadium is said to be over budget and Hartford said it will finance $5 million of the $10 million shortfall.

Here's the full list:

17) Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs
16) Wichita Wingnuts
15) Orem Owlz
14) El Paso Chihuahuas
13) Modesto Nuts
12) Fort Wayne Tin Caps
11) Traverse City Beach Bums
10) Savannah Bananas
9) Normal CornBelters
8) Topeka Train Robbers
7) Akron Rubber Ducks
6) Toledo MudHens
5) Richmond Flying Squirrels
4) Albuquerque Isotopes
3) Montgomery Biscuits
2) Hartford Yard Goats
1) Batavia Muck Dogs

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