Hat on a Hat: Beer City Bung Hammers 2019

 

We finish Whitecaps Week with the team’s new version of their fan favorite alter ego from the 2018 season. The ‘Caps crushed it last season with the Bung Hammers and may have just out done themselves in 2019.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Bung Hammers is a great name. Like “Udder Tuggers,” it seems dirty on its face but has a legit story behind it. Last year everyone outside the beer world had no idea what a bung was or the hammer that hits it into the bung hole. This logo tells the story for you. Gets away from the baseball but I ain’t mad at it.

Colors: 9/10

The white panel, the tri-colors, the bright and expressive logo….damn near perfect. Not a huge orange fan but it fits the theme. But that’s literally the only reason it isn’t a 10/10 in my eyes.

Creativity: 9/10

I loved last year’s logo and this one is even better. PLUS, the colors and tri-color design push it to the next level in creativity. The Bung Hammers dipped their toe in the water last year and jumped full in with a cannonball this year.

Wearability: 5/5

You can wear this anywhere at anytime with almost anything. Forward or back, it will be a nice look and a conversation piece.

Overall: 32/35

As disappointing as the Calaveras hat was, this hat TOTALLY redeems the Whitecaps. I bought a Bung Hammers hat as soon as possible last year and may just have to get the updated version this year. This is great. A MUST BUY.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers (2019) – 32

3. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

4. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T5. Lansing Locos – 27

T5. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T7. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T7. Louisville Mashers – 26

9. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

10. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

T11. West Michigan Calaveras – 19

T11. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Hat on a Hat: West Michigan Calaveras

We continue our bounceback week focused on West Michigan and today we dip back into the Copa de la Diversion set with the Whitecaps offering, the West Michigan Calaveras.

 

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Logo Quality: 5/10

It looks fine but as I will explain below, I don’t really get it.

Colors: 7/10

Best part about the hat. Sticks wth the theme and really stands out. Good summer hat. Fun and eye catching.

Creativity: 4/10

I don’t get it. Most of the Copa de la Diversion hats seem to have a local tie or a hispanic twist on the normal team name. Calaveras means “skulls.” So, like they are white and the cap to the brain so they are Whitecaps? Even then, the waves under the skull make it look like a ghost, which confuses even more.

Wearability: 3/5

Doesn’t go with much because the colors are so loud but it’s not offensive. Looks sharp and unique.

Overall: 19/35

When MILB announced the Copa de la Diversion, I saw a few from a bunch of teams and LOVED them and the concept. I quickly searched for the Whitecaps’ version and was pretty disappointed. DIdn’t seem as fun and creative as others. Not West Michigan’s best offering but hey, they have crushed it elsewhere.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

3. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T4. Lansing Locos – 27

T4. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T6. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T6. Louisville Mashers – 26

8. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

9. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

T10. West Michigan Calaveras – 19

T10. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Hat on a Hat: West Michigan Whitecaps

 

Well, it has been a while since we have updated the blog but we are back and refreshed. As we look to get back into the groove, we are going to come back home and hit the West Michigan Whitecaps for three posts this week. First up will be the standard home caps.

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Logo Quality: 6/10

It’s a standard logo. Gets the idea across and is clean. You’d probably think the team was named the “Waves” or something like that if you came to it new and you wouldn’t be far off. But how else would you do a “Whitecaps” logo.

Colors: 5/10

Nothing special. They are clean and inoffensive. They are what they are and they work.

Creativity: 7/10

Like I said, how else would you portray a whitecap? The baseball is a bit random in the middle but at least you know the sport. The eyes make it menacing. They did good.

Wearability: 4/5

You can wear this anywhere. It’s a standard hat. Wear it anywhere with anything. I wear my old one to cut the grass. You won’t stand out but you won’t offend either.

Overall: 22/35

It’s a good hat. The score compared to others right now will make it look worse but that’s because we are still early, as more hats come in, more will fall below it. The Whitecaps hat is a winner, just not elite.

West Michigan Whitecaps Team Store

 All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Wisconsin Udder Tuggers – 33

2. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

3. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T4. Lansing Locos – 27

T4. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T6. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T6. Louisville Mashers – 26

8. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

9. West Michigan Whitecaps – 22

10. Wisconsin Brats – 19

Hat on a Hat: Louisville Murcielagos

Louisville is the first time the Hat on a Hat series has left the state of Michigan and it is also the first time we have hit the same franchise multiple times, especially in the same week. We highlighted the Mashers and the Mint Juleps earlier this week and now we shift to their choice for the Copa de la Diversion series, the Louisville Murcielagos.

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Logo Quality: 7/10

It’s impressive to portray a bat without any sort of wings in the logo. You may not see it as a bat right away but your will soon. The Aztec/Mayan style is engaging and catches the eye. The only drop in score is from the initial confusion but once you know its a bat, you can’t see it as anything else.

Colors: 8/10

I love this. Red gold and black are clean and versatile Could have been easy to just throw the gold logo on an all black hat but the Copa de la Diversion series has a lot of color. Louisville could have went that direction but they go more subtle, but the red pops enough.

Creativity: 7/10

It is simple but perfect. They are celebrating hispanic heritage so what is your team name translated into Spanish? They luck out because a simple name like “Bats” easily shifts to a badass name like “Murcielagos.” Sounds great but the idea was right there for the taking. Just a bummer it’s not the Lamborghini.

Wearability: 5/5

Great design and color scheme makes it fit with any kind of wardrobe. You can wear this everyday or when you want people to notice. It’s fun.

Overall: 27/35

At first, people may think you are wearing something from Legends of the Hidden Temple but in the end, this is a very clean hat and logo with a cool history and backstory. Wear with pride.

Louisville Bats Team Store

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

2. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

T3. Lansing Locos – 27

T3. Louisville Murcielagos – 27

T4. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T4. Louisville Mashers – 26

6. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

Hat on a Hat: Derby City Mint Juleps

Louisville knows how to market themselves. They have some great alternate logos available so I’m going to hit them three times this week. First we did the Louisville Mashers and now we turn to the Derby City Mint Juleps.

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Logo Quality: 8/10

Awesome. You instantly know what it is and it catches the eye. A bit busy and cartoonish to be a perfect score but a winner nonetheless. Never had a mint julep but this makes me thirsty for one.

Colors: 8/10

Again Louisville offers two color sets for their alternate identities and these are much more bold than the Mashers. I personally would go with the green and blue but the pink and gold is even something that seems feminine but I’d wear. Pastels and bold colors are all the rage at the Kentucky Derby. Perfectly appropriate.

Creativity: 8/10

On Monday we looked at the first step in the bourbon lifespan with the Mashers. Now we are later in the timeline with the premiere Louisville cocktail, the Mint Julep. The colors fit the pageantry and again, I love an alcohol themed nickname.

Wearability: 4/5

You are looking to make a statement and catch eyes if you are wearing a hat with this logo so the colors help that. They just make it rough to wear everyday.

Overall: 29/35

We have a new #2. The Mint Juleps jump the Locos for the second highest rated hat in the rankings. This hat is a beaut, a unique, fun logo that you know you aren’t going to be seeing being worn by everybody else. You stand out with this set up without being obnoxious.

Louisville Bats Team Store

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

2. Derby City Mint Juleps – 28

3. Lansing Locos – 27

T4. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T4. Louisville Mashers – 26

6. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

Hat on a Hat: Louisville Mashers

For the first time in Hat on a Hat history, we are stepping out of Michigan. I had seen the Louisville Bats, alternative logo the “Louisville Mashers” and though it would be a great one to head to next. Then I saw their Copa de la Diversion hat and that is dope. And they have another alternate identity and THAT is sweet. I may have to do all three this week. Hell, even their standard cap is clean.

But first we start with the Mashers.

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Logo Quality: 7/10

I like the name and I like the logo. They are in Kentucky, you mash in for bourbon. Kentucky does well with bourbon. Get it? Well this has the corn bag, the barrel and a bat…all used to mash in different ways. It catches the eye and gets the job done.

Colors: 7/10

They offer two colors for caps but I really like the blue and the red. Really makes it pop and stand out. Don’t know what the colors have to do with the team or bourbon but I like it.

Creativity: 8/10

I am a sucker for a food or drink inspired logo/name. Especially alcoholic. I love me some bourbon and the Mashers play off that well as the bourbon capital and make this logo an eye catcher, an ice breaker and a conversation starter. It’s fun, it’s fitting, it works.

Wearability: 4/5

The black and grey work well with anything but the blue and red are a great hat for the summer months. Who doesn’t have blue and red to go with the hat as you hit the beach or a bar?

Overall: 26/35

An overall great cap. Great logo and a fitting style for the local crowd. A winner and we will see if this is even the best hat the team offers in their store. Stay tuned.

 

Louisville Bats Team Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

1. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31

2. Lansing Locos – 27

T3. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26

T3. Louisville Mashers – 26

4. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

Hat on a Hat: Lansing Locos

This is going to be a series I plan to do with this blog. “Hat on a Hat.” In football it means to have a guy blocking each person on the defense and in the blog world it means critiquing logos and team names. One of my favorite things in life are minor league baseball hats. The names, the logos, the colors and the effort. All are exciting. So as we go along and I see, or hear about, a new logo or team name, I will come to GTS and give my opinion.

If you have a unique or creative hat/logo that you see out there, let me know. The possibilities are endless.

And with the first installment, I will begin with the Lansing Lugnuts entry into the Copa de la Diversión series, giving a nod to the Latino roots/influence into the game. For four games in 2019, the Lugnuts will become the Lansing Locos.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Simple yet detailed. Some of these logos can get too detailed and busy, some are just plain. This one hits the sweet spot. You instantly know what it is and yet it is not overwhelming. You may think I overanalyze these kinds of things but this is the crap I think about in the first second I see these logos.

Colors: 7/10

These Copa de la Diversión logo/teams are all going to be bright and vibrant. Showing off the hispanic culture and heritage. This one works. Not sure how much of a connection the two main colors have to Lansing or Michigan but they at least work well together.

Creativity: 8/10

Locos is a simple name but I like how this works on a few levels. The Lugnuts are a piece of hardware but they also have a saying, “Let’s go ‘Nuts!” Get it? “Let’s go crazy!” Like loco. So, fitting that with the alliteration and adding in a cuckoo kind of bird, it works on different levels. I like it.

Wearability: 3/5

I like the hat. I like the logo and I like the colors but when a hat is as loud and bright as this, it’s not going to work with a ton of things you are wearing. You have to be wearing a pretty plain black or white outfit to be able to pull off a loud hat like this. You quickly get into Rickie Fowler Puma territory if you try to match the colors.

Overall: 27/35

A very nice start to the series. You can do a lot worse and this will stand as a winner when it is all said and done. Loud, bright, clear and fun, you can’t go wrong with grabbing any Lansing Locos gear this summer. It will be a conversation starter and a nice break from the simple logos you find in the majors.

Lansing Lugnuts Store