The United Shore Professional Baseball League unveiled official team names, logos and mascots for the league’s three initial ball clubs to play at Jimmy John’s Field in downtown Utica next summer.
The announcement took place at Utica’s Eppler Junior High School in a special student assembly. Chosen via fan vote competition, the teams named are: Utica Unicorns, Eastside Diamond Hoppers, and the Birmingham Bloomfield Beavers.
“This league and these teams will bring a professional baseball experience like no other to this region,” said Andy Appleby, league founder, president and chief executive officer of Rochester-based General Sports and Entertainment. “The USPBL will be competitive, affordable, community-focused and tremendous fun for fans of every age.”
The league held a “name the team” contest earlier this year with the Utica Unicorns generating the largest number of votes overall. All fans that voted for the Unicorns will be receiving official Utica Unicorns team merchandise as prizes from the league.
The unveiling event took place in the shadow of the $12 million state-of-the art Jimmy John’s Field, located along M-59 in Utica, currently under construction, and featured a range of local officials, including Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel and Utica Mayor Jacqueline K. Noonan.