Say Hello to the Newburgh Newts

The East Coast Baseball League announced on Aug. 21 that it would be bringing professional baseball back to Orange County in 2015, with a team based at Delano-Hitch Stadium in Newburgh.

For more on that, click here for a blog post from last month.

Part of that announcement included a “name the team” contest.

The results are in.

The club will be known as the Newburgh Newts. Team colors and logos will be released by the end of September.

Another franchise, located in Welland, Ontario, Canada, will be known as the Niagara Wild.

“We had over 200 names sent it by the fans but the name Newts really stood out,” said Colin Cummins of NPBG. “It is definitely a different name and interesting creature. We are excited to be bringing professional baseball back to the city of Newburgh, NY. Each of the 30 home games at Delano-Hitch Stadium will be packed with exciting in-game entertainment and have a fun family atmosphere.”

The ECBL plans to announce the location of additional franchises in the near future. Newburgh will have 30 games at Delano-Hitch in 2015. Season tickets are available for purchase at

I’m not a herpetologist (someone who studies amphibians) so I’m not sure if there’s a specific species that adds some local flavor to the nickname. But it certainly is alliterative, offers some possibilities for logos and is sort of a neat play on Newburgh’s American Legion team, the Nuclears, commonly referred to as the Nucs (Nukes).

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