It is about to get a lot sweeter in the city of Gastonia, NC, as Gastonia Professional Baseball unveiled its club name, the Honey Hunters, yesterday in a virtual press announcement via Zoom and Facebook Live.
In addition to the Honey Hunters, club leadership narrowed the list of name considerations to five: the Fire Ants, Hogzillas, Hotshots, and Uppercuts before picking the current moniker. The fans used the club’s website and social media pages to determine the winning name.
“Honey Hunters was chosen to reflect the shared traits between the City of Gastonia and those of the world’s most fearless animal: fearless, determined, and resilient,” Team Owner Brandon Bellamy said in a press release. “From day one, I was inspired by Gastonia’s embodiment of these attributes, particularly as they relate to their unwavering commitment to ‘continuous improvement,’ or as we like to say, the ‘hunt for honey,’ which is something we can all relate to.
“Thank you to the community for such passionate, heart-felt collaboration in creating this brand,” Bellamy continued. “We aim to provide Gaston County with first-rate baseball and family-friendly entertainment where all are welcome and are confident that the Honey Hunters brand will exceptionally lead the way in a bold new path forward.”
The Honey Hunters will be part of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), an independent minor league baseball outfit with five other teams: the Long Island Ducks (NY), High Point Rockers (NC), Lancaster Barnstormers (Pa), South Maryland Blue Crabs (Md), and York Revolution (Pa).
The newly-constructed 5,000-seat FUSE ballpark is the Honey Hunters’ home field, offering fans an intimate and memorable experience, as well as a year-long calendar of exciting events, including concerts, sporting events, and community celebrations.
Honey Hunters Baseball will start its inaugural season in 2021, pending the release of the ALPB schedule. The club will continue to unveil brand marks, uniforms, merchandise, and mascot designs leading up to Opening Day.
Follow Honey Hunters Baseball social media on Instagram: @GoHoneyHunters; Twitter: @GoHoneyHunters; Facebook: /GoHoneyHunters
— Jerry Del Priore
Photos/Logos: Courtesy of Gastonia Hunters.