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Yard Goats asking for public's help to name new mascot

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The Hartford Yard Goats are asking for your help naming their new mascot. (Hartford Yard Goats) The Hartford Yard Goats are asking for your help naming their new mascot. (Hartford Yard Goats)
HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The Hartford Yard Goats need your help naming their first-ever mascot.

The minor league baseball team will be taking fan suggestions on their website. Entries will be accepted until Jul 21.

“The Yard Goats mascot will represent the club in the community and of course, cheer on the Yard Goats during each home game at Dunkin’ Donuts Park,” the team said in a statement on Tuesday.

The name of the team itself was chosen back in March after an online contest after more than 35,000 votes were submitted by fans. The Hartford Baseball Club said the Yard Goats name was selected over the Hedgehogs, Praying Mantis, River Hogs and Whirlybirds.

Team officials said Yard Goats, which is the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, fit the profile of a family friendly organization that appeals to children.

Last week, team officials revealed the new logo of a goat chewing a broken baseball bat in royal blue and Kelly Green. 

“The definition of a Yard Goat is a hardworking locomotive that moves trains from track to track, keeping the rail yard moving. A Minor League Baseball player is like that Yard Goat, working hard in his Minor League City to keep his Major League affiliate on track,” the team said in a statement on Wednesday.

The winner of the name contest will be given two season tickets for 2016 and will be part of the name announcement this fall. No date has been set for the mascot name announcement.  

“Our mascot will be a very important part of the Hartford Yard Goats identity. Our new mascot will represent and capture the fun and excitement that fans of all ages will have at Dunkin’ Donuts Park," Yard Goats General Manager Tim Restall said in a statement on Tuesday.

To enter your mascot name selection, click here

Ground was broken on the new ballpark on June 5. Dunkin' Donuts Park was unveiled as the official name of the capital city's soon-to-be-built north end stadium on June 10.

The $58 million project in the Downtown North neighborhood will include a supermarket, a brewery, apartments, stores and restaurants. It's located at the intersection of Main and Trumbull streets, just north of Interstate-84.  

The team is scheduled to play in the new stadium in April 2016.

Hartford officials said the project helped keep the former New Britain Rock Cats franchise from leaving the state.

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