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….

 

UDDER TUGGERS

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: 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: Beer City Bung Hammers

We continue our tour through Michigan with a stop in Comstock Park. This is where we start getting the GREAT logos and team names. It is a popular move by minor league teams to do alter ego teams with creative team names and logos and West Michigan of course went beer themed with the Beer City Bung Hammers.

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Logo Quality: 9/10

Just awesome. It is complex but simple at the same time. Some can be too busy when going for a complicated logo like this. The pint glass is hitting a bung with a bung hammer, easy to see and interpret.

Colors: 7/10

Nothing uber-special but they are effective. Black hats always work and the rest of the color scheme just fits accurately for the logo. It’s clean.

Creativity: 10/10

Of course any Grand Rapids based alternate team is going to be beer related. A bung is the cork that goes into a beer or wine barrel, into the bung hole. The bung hammer is used to hit the bung tightly into the bung hole. Got it. It fits with the theme and is absurd enough to catch a laugh and some questions. Plus it’s just great merch for any beer fan.

Wearability: 5/5

As I said above, this will get questions, laughs and looks great. Black always works with everything. You get your money’s worth with a hat like this.

Overall: 31/35

It seems like every minor league team tries to one up the last team with these new alter egos. In 2018, the West Michigan Whitecaps introduced the Bung Hammers for a game and it was a monster success. This is a hat and logo that I’m sure received orders from all over the country, any hat fan, beer fan or Tiger fan would love to have this one.

West Michigan Whitecaps Store

 

All-Time “Hat on a Hat” Rankings

  1. Beer City Bung Hammers – 31
  2. Lansing Locos – 27
  3. Traverse City Pit Spitters – 26
  4. 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

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.

LOCOS

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