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Do we know they will be called the Allentown Phillies? Maybe the Allentown Macks, or the Lehigh Valley Bulldogs. So let's get some creative suggestions.

I'm not sure where you guys/girls are from, but I love the idea of Allentown building a stadium for AAA. I had read about this last year and thought it was supposed to be the Ottawa Lynx moving in and then figured somewhere down the line that the AAA Phillies would move in. The new news is even better then I thought. I constantly go to the Reading Phillies games and now I'm going to be able to also enjoy some Allentown games. For the last 2 years I have only gone to Scranton Wilkes-Barre 2 times (once each year) and thats only because its a hike from Downingtown.

My name for the AAA Allentown team is:
The Lehigh Valley Lollygaggers

I, for one, will now go to games when they are in Allentown. Allentown is only a quick jaunt up either 309 or the NE Extension of the PA Turnpike. Much easier than an excursion to Scranton. Hopefully they will market down in the surburbs of Philadelphia and try to bring people in.

Too much free time Friday..The worst knickname for this team would be the Ambassadors, their last, failed Indy team. Too many sylables, awful mascot, and the local paper didn't know what to call them, so called them The Ams. If you are heading west from Allentown you would think a good name for them would be the Warehousemen, in the great tradition of the teams in the Mexican League, like Coffegrowers, or Sarape Makers. Or honoring a great team of the past....On Sept 7, 1923, the Allentown Dukes beat the NY Yankees 8-7 in a exhibition game in Allentown. More than 4000 fans witnessed Dukes' pitcher Scrap Iron Papsin srtike out Babe Ruth with the bases loaded to enable the win. True story, I was there.

Not only was Julio Franco there, but he pinch hit for Duke's SS Jeremiah "Club Foot" Hamilton.

i'm from allentown originally, although i'm not living there now. i'm all about this, something interesting to do when i visit home.

ambassadors was a terrible name before and it's still terrible. i like dukes, but i'll bet they go for something "youthful" and idiotic like the ValleyDawgs (worst team name EVER).

any name other than the phils should pay some sort of tribute to the valley's hard-working, blue collar past, although i'm not suggesting "steelers." while alot of refugees from the DC, NY and Philly areas have moved in and raised the tax base and inflated the housing market (and the stadium i believe will be out near Dorney Park, close to the money of those schools and country clubs), the old A.B.E. area is alot like Philadelphia itself. that said, "red barons" was a neat choice.

Just stopping by to wish you happy holidays :)

I live in Texas now, but i'm from Bethlehem originally and this is very exciting news to me. I've never been to a minor league game other than the Reading Phillies (though i should go see the Round Rock Express someday) so this is a great chance to see some young Phillies when i visit. I think the name should have something to do with the steel, since that's why the area is bigger than anywhere in PA except Philly and Pittsburg. I'm sure they will name it something crappy though. Like the Allentown Billy Joels. Or they'll go corporate and maybe name then the Allentown Money. I think it would be cool if they were the "Little Phillies" I'll stop.

I live in Texas now, but i'm from Bethlehem originally and this is very exciting news to me. I've never been to a minor league game other than the Reading Phillies (though i should go see the Round Rock Express someday) so this is a great chance to see some young Phillies when i visit. I think the name should have something to do with the steel, since that's why the area is bigger than anywhere in PA except Philly and Pittsburg. I'm sure they will name it something crappy though. Like the Allentown Billy Joels. Or they'll go corporate and maybe name then the Allentown Money. I think it would be cool if they were the "Little Phillies" I'll stop.

"the ValleyDawgs (worst team name EVER)."

Not even close. My all-time favorite bad team name was a minor league hickey team in Macon, Georgia (!) called the Whoopee. The Macon Whoopee.

Allentown Blue Ribbons.
Allentown Phightin's
Allentown Bells (Liberty bell was hidden there during revolutionary war)

I'm originally from the Lehigh Valley area and I love all things from that small neck of the woods. I too believe that the team name should reflect not only Allentown, but the entire valley's past...so, instead of the Allentown whatevers, I say we go with the Lehigh Valley Revolutionaries, the Lehigh Valley Commuters, or last but not least...the Lehigh Valley Engineers!!! But, if all else fails, just go with the Phillies!!!

Allentown and Emmaus in particular are over-moneyed towns, and sports nuts, try driving when the emmaus football team plays. A new (almost) pro team comes to town, you better believe people will go nutty. If it is near Dorney, then it will probably hurt attendence at Dorney since a lot of people would rather see a different game every night than the same amusement park every year.

Even though I grew up in NY, and am a Yankee fan, I would love to see some quality professional baseball in our area. I like the idea of using the Dukes name for the team. I am looking foward to this becoming a reality.

Even though I grew up in NY, and am a Yankee fan, I would love to see some quality professional baseball in our area. I like the idea of using the Dukes name for the team. I am looking foward to this becoming a reality.

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