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Business Observer Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019 1 month ago

Area baseball team changes name

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New moniker was announced at an event at Hammond Stadium.

FORT MYERS — The Fort Myers Miracle, a Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, have a new name: the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels.

Andrew Kaufmann, CEO and owner of Zawyer Sports, which owns the team, announced the name change Dec. 3 during an event at Hammond Stadium, according to a press release.

“This is an exciting moment in Southwest Florida’s sports history,” says Kaufmann in the release. “Miracle fans are known around the Florida State League for their unwavering support, and we are confident they’ll be eager to show off their ‘Mighty Mussels’ when the season begins in April.”

Courtesy. Zawyer Sports owner and CEO Andrew Kaufmann.

Mussel Man, a hulk of an animated clam, will share mascot duties with Sway, the lovable, oversized palm tree pumping up fans at Hammond Stadium since 2015. The Mighty Mussels will remain in the Twins organization, the release adds.

The team’s new logo is a Mighty Mussel calling its shot with beach-inspired lettering. An alternate logo features the Mighty Mussel lifting a barbell with baseballs for weights. The new logo and official team colors, the release states, also are representative of colors that define Southwest Florida: Twins Navy, Gulf Purple, Sunset Lavender, Golden Sun, Yellow Sand and Sky Blue.

“The name ‘Mighty Mussels’ conveys a sense of strength and fortitude while being reflective of the natural environment that surrounds us, and Southwest Florida deserves a team name that establishes its own identity,” says Bob Ohrablo, president of Zawyer Sports, in the statement.

 

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