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Indians Class AA affiliate in Akron changes name to RubberDucks

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The Akron RubberDucks, formerly known as the Akron Aeros (Cleveland Indians Double-A affiliate), unveiled their new identity today at a press event at the historic Akron Civic Theatre.

“During this rebranding process, we listened to our fans,” said Akron RubberDucks owner Ken Babby.” It was evident that our fans wanted to honor the history of Akron and the rubber industry while creating a new identity that was fun, exciting, and family-friendly, just like our baseball team. We are proud to move forward as the Akron RubberDucks and look forward to creating many amazing memories for our great fans.”

A tenacious, tire-treaded RubberDuck makes up the centerpiece of the identity, surrounded by burn-out flames. The primary logo features the RubberDuck with the team moniker “RubberDucks” in a tread-style font. Fans will love the secondary logos such as the webbed-foot Akron “A” and various other tire-tread marks.

Blue Flame, Racing Yellow, Fire Orange and Tire Black comprise the club’s new official colors, paying tribute to Akron’s rubber heritage while celebrating the family-fun entertainment of Minor League Baseball. The Akron RubberDucks are the first professional baseball team to use this color combination.

“It was important to us that the new name was tied to Akron’s heritage. The rubber industry has deep roots in this city, and with the new Goodyear headquarters and the Bridgestone/Firestone Technology Center, it has a promising future,” said Akron RubberDucks general manager Jim Pfander. “We want the Akron RubberDucks to reflect the city’s proud history, but also a new generation of fans with a new era of fun at Canal Park.”

Despite the new identity, the franchise will be building upon the successful first-year foundation laid by new owner Ken Babby and general manager Jim Pfander. In 2013, the franchise recorded its highest single-season growth in attendance since moving to Akron in 1997. The club welcomed more than 295,000 fans to Canal Park in 2013, almost a 12 percent increase from 2012.

Brandiose, a nationally-renowned marketing firm that has worked with more than 60 minor and major league teams, helped bring the RubberDucks to life. After meeting with fans, staff, and community members to better learn their perspective and better understand the history of Akron, Brandiose partnered with the team’s front office leadership to develop the logos, uniforms and forthcoming mascot.

The Akron RubberDucks will unveil their new uniforms for the 2014 season at a later date.​

Indians prospects taking advantage of extended season in Arizona Fall League and elsewhere

Ronny Rodriguez has followed up a strong regular season by excelling in Arizona. – Photo by Ken Inness/MiLB.com

Update: Two Indians prospects, catcher Alex Monsalve and pitcher Trey Haley have been selected to play in the Arizona Fall League’s Futures Game. The game will take place on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00PM ET and will be broadcast live on MLB Network and MLB.com.

Although the Major League season ended Sunday night, many young players will continue to play through the winter as they aim to speed up their development by playing extended seasons. The Indians have a number of young players currently working on their game in the Arizona Fall League, while several others will be participating in Winter Leagues across Latin America.

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) began its 2012 season on October 9 and eight players from the Indians organization are taking part by representing the Scottsdale Scorpions in the extended season. Several players, such as shortstop Ronny Rodriguez and left-handed pitcher T.J. House, have excelled in the AFL as they look to improve on strong 2012 seasons in the minor leagues.

Rodriguez, 20, is rated the No. 5 prospect in the organization by MLB.com after showing impressive power (19 HR and 66 RBI) with the Carolina Mudcats (Hi-A) in the 2012 regular season. He is hitting .273 through 11 games in the AFL, with six RBI and three stolen bases.

House is coming off a promising season in which he was promoted from Carolina to Double-A Akron, compiling a 10-5 record and 3.56 ERA between the two teams. He has built on his 2012 regular season campaign with several strong performances in Arizona, striking out 18 batters over 17 innings of work, and posting a 1.59 ERA.

Both Rodriguez and House hope to follow in the footsteps of a number of current Indians players who have spent time developing their game in the AFL in recent years.

Jason Kipnis excelled in the AFL in the fall of 2010, and Vinnie Pestano appeared in the league in 2009. Both players went on to make their Major League debuts the following season.

The Arizona Fall League schedule ends on November 15, but similar leagues in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Puerto Rico and Mexico will take place throughout the fall and winter.

Notable current Indians have played in these leagues as well in recent years. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera played in the Venezuelan Winter League from 2007-2011, while catcher Carlos Santana and pitcher Rafael Perez each made appearances in the 2009 Dominican Winter League. Pitcher Esmil Rogers is expected to play in the Dominican this winter.

For more on the Indians prospects currently plying their trade in off-season leagues, read Tyler Emerick’s feature for MLB.com.

– TribeVibe Contributor Max Lom

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