- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 3, 2014

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) - Baseball fans on the Gulf Coast can now have their final say on the moniker for Biloxi’s new Double-A baseball team.

The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1rGprqA ) the “Name the Team” contest produced Monday a final ballot with six names: Beacon, Black Jacks, Mullets, Schooners, Shrimpers, and Shuckers.

Fans can vote as many times as they like at BiloxiBaseball.com on which name they prefer.

All of the names are tied to imagery often associated with life on the Coast.

The Huntsville, Alabama, Stars, the Double-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, are moving to Biloxi for the 2015 season, giving the Coast its first minor league team affiliated with a Major League franchise.

Buck Rogers, who is the general manager of the Stars and the new Biloxi team, believes all of the names are marketable and could make attractive caps, jerseys and merchandise.

“You could stay up all night dreaming up stuff,” he said. “Black Jacks is obvious with the casinos, but what about the fish? You have Beacon with the lighthouse, you could have a little lighthouse on the cap. There are so many different things you could do.”

The contest started with more than 4,000 submissions by fans. Those all had to be tabulated to determine which would make the final group.

“Every single one came with its own justifications,” Rogers said. “It was a monumental effort.

“The fans did a great job of picking names and there were some I wouldn’t have thought of. They really did their homework and research.”

A new name may not be announced until well into the fall as management will have to go through a fairly lengthy process to make sure it can work.

“Seeing what the fans want, now we have to through the process of trademarking, design and logos, Rogers said. “We have to make sure it can be marketable and it can be embroided. (The voting) is the fun part of it.”

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Information from: The Sun Herald, http://www.sunherald.com

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