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The Rome professional baseball team is changing their name

After 21 years representing the Braves name, Rome is officially changing their name next season

Mills Fitzner

The tides of the organization continue to shift, and following the lead of their Triple-A counterparts in 2018 the Rome Braves will no longer be the Braves. The team first moved to Rome from Macon in 2003, and has since seen most of the best prospects in the organization’s history. They won the South Atlantic League in 2003, then repeated that task in 2016 with the team featuring current Braves stars like Ronald Acuna Jr., Austin Riley, and Max Fried.

This was certainly not a move we were expecting, but it seems as calls around the sport have started to question names related to Native Americans that the club has decided to get in front of things and make a change. This move will also provide an opportunity for the franchise to sell a bit of merchandise in the coming years. As stated in the release they will give fans the opportunity to submit recommendations for the name. Rome is currently the Atlanta Braves High-A affiliate, and since moving to High-A following the minor league realignment in 2021 has produced such Braves players as Michael Harris II, Spencer Strider, Bryce Elder, and Vaughn Grissom.

As always, please remember to remain civil in the comments. Names are just names, but the organization the team represents and the players it has produced over the years are what brings us all together in our love of the sport.

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