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: Wisconsin Udder Tuggers

Our first emergency Hat on a Hat. This one is worth it. It took my breath away as I saw the release for the first time. We have a new leader.

The Midwest League is quickly becoming a gem for creative logos and its becoming a competition, one I can get behind. The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers are already a sick name with great logos ( more on them later this week) but this is the masterpiece. To the ratings….

 

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Look at that beaut. Brandiose is the team behind a lot of these crazy new logos and brands and this is one of their best. It’s ridiculous yet clean. Complex and easy to understand. It is menacing and will raise questions. That’s what we want.

Colors: 10/10

I’m a sucker for the dark blue. Dark blue and white are as clean as a style combo looks, as bad as I hate Penn State, that scheme is perfect. The 10 rating comes with the bill. The cow print is obnoxious but fitting. Not only for the cow motif but also, you are wearing a logo for a team called the Udder Tuggers, we are going for obnoxious.

Creativity: 10/10

A lot of great names and identities have come from the recent phase in minor league baseball but the Bung Hammers set a mark last year to clear and this one jumps right over like cow jumping over the moon. Going as the Wisconsin Cows would be easy. Use the same logo and you’d win but the “Udder Tiggers” makes this a completely different ball game. Team should be called up to AA just for the idea.

Wearability: 4/5

It is pretty and perfect. The only knock is how outrageous it is. Not for everyone. But for those in the hat collecting game and looking to get the hottest thing out there, this is it.

Overall: 33/35

We have a new King of the Mountain and it looks like a heifer in need of a milkin’. The Udder Tuggers took over the social media world today and will continue to sell these beauties for the forseeable future. Exactly what you want from a novelty identity. Bravo.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Team Store

(Udder Tuggers hats currently sold out)

 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

7. Great Lakes Loons (Road) – 25

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: Traverse City Pit Spitters

Eventually this series will stretch beyond Michigan but while we get it going, let’s show off the best of Michigan. For the second installment we head to Traverse City for the new college summer league team, the Traverse City Pit Spitters.

Formerly the Beach Bums, the West Michigan Whitecaps ownership group bought the team, moved it from the independent Frontier League to the Northwoods League and we have a fresh new start. And that means a fresh new logo.

Pit Spitters

 

Logo Quality: 7/10

I got very excited when I heard about the team and the name. I wanted this hat. The logo doesn’t disappoint. It’s fitting, it’s unique and fun. But I am interested in what kind of alternate logos they can come up with in the coming years. Some teams benefit big time from alternate logos and this could be that case.

Colors: 7/10

It was basically made for them. Black, red and green. It’s clean but, again, alternate caps could jump these scores.

Creativity: 8/10

The name is a winner, the logo is fitting and the concept is great. I knock a point because they didn’t go with my suggestion of the Grand Traverse Grape Vines but, whatev. I’m not bitter.

Wearability: 4/5

Black hats go with almost everything and the logo is perfect to get a nod from fans around Northern Michigan and then questions when out of the area. The best for minor league hats.

Overall: 26/35

It’s a must buy. I will have one by the end of the summer. A great debut for the new kid on the block. The new blood will work well in Traverse City this summer.

Traverse City Pit Spitters Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

  1. Lansing Locos – 27
  2. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26