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The Isotopes, Albuquerque’s Triple-A baseball team, has one of the most amusing names in all of professional sports. Inspired by the Springfield Isotopes, a fictional animated baseball team featured in The Simpsons, and New Mexico’s many high-profile nuclear technology facilities, this fun team name triggers double takes and chuckles with every mention. If the Isotopes make you smile, then you’ll love our list of the 10 best best minor league baseball team names.

1. El Paso Chihuahuas

Because nothing says menacing quite like a Chihuahua!

2. Binghamton Rumble Ponies

What, exactly, is a Rumble Pony? Don’t get caught up in the details. Just enjoy this glorious team name.

3. Richmond Flying Squirrels

One of nature’s most awe-inducing mammals finally gets its due thanks to this Double-A franchise.

4. Omaha Storm Chasers

Chosen by fans in 2010, Storm Chasers is a delightful nod to the Midwest’s extreme weather.

5. Inland Empire 66ers

San Bernadino’s 66ers pay homage to historic Route 66, which ran through the city in its Dust Bowl heyday.

6. Montgomery Biscuits

An anthropomorphized buttermilk biscuit for a mascot? Yes, please!

7. Rocket City Trash Pandas

The Rocket City Trash Pandas celebrate Huntsville, Alabama’s storied status as a hub for the aerospace and defense industry. The result: a glorious pairing of the city’s longstanding nickname with a slang term for raccoons.

8. Akron RubberDucks

RubberDucks is more than just a silly name. It draws on Akron’s rubber industry roots. The northeastern Ohio city is home to Goodyear’s headquarters and was formerly the home of Bridgestone.

9. Amarillo Sod Poodles

The team was aiming for a nickname that’s a little different when it came up with the name Sod Poodles – and that’s exactly what they got. In case you’re wondering – and of course you are – sod poodle is an old-fashioned nickname for a prairie dog, which are known to roam the Texas Panhandle.

10. Norwich Sea Unicorns

Because naming them the Norwich Narwhals would be too easy. Seriously, though, the Sea Unicorns’ logos are pretty epic.

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