The Lansing Lugnuts have been Mid-Michigan's beloved minor league baseball team since the mid-1990s. But would they be as beloved if they weren't the "Lugnuts"?

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It's a fun name. It pays homage to its home city's history with the automotive industry. You'd really be hard pressed to come up with a better name for Lansing's ball club than the Lugnuts.

Not convinced? Imagine if other choices had been seriously considered.

Here are our Top 7 Rejected Names for the Lansing Lugnuts:

7. The Lansing Big O's

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The Big O's could have been a tip of the hat to Oldsmobile, which has deep history in Lansing. But who wants a big "O" on the scoreboard? Kind of sets you up for an expectation of several scoreless innings.


 

6. The Lansing Red Cedars

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Would naming the team for one of Lansing's rivers have been kind of cool? Sure, but it's not very catchy.


 

5. The Lansing Governors

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Lansing's the capital of Michigan and therefore the seat of the state's legislature. But the Governors are a terrible mascot - trust me, it's what my college was saddled with. What are they going to do? Gavel the other team into submission?


 

4. The Lansing Potholes

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Lansing surely has more than its fair share of potholes. As tempting as it might be to name a sports team after them, it's probably best we don't.


 

3. The Lansing License Plates

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We like the alliteration of Lansing Lugnuts, and like we've said, we like the idea of honoring the city's automotive legacy. But there aren't a lot more parts of a car that start with 'L' than Lugnuts. The Lansing Low-Beams? The Lansing Left Door Handles?


2. The Lansing Loogies

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Ball players are known to spit quite a bit. But eww.


1. The Lansing Boils

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See what we did there? We should be ashamed of ourselves.

Lugnuts it is!

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