On Thursday, the Tri-Cities Baseball 2020 group hosted 'Name the Team' Night at Shepherd Stadium. The event was invite only for the Top 20 finalists in the Name the Team contest and other distinguished guests were in attendance. After a catered dinner, courtesy of Brocks Barbeque, the team's new General Manager Steve Taggart began the announcement.
"We are so excited to be doing this right here in Colonial Heights at beautiful Shepherd Stadium," said Taggart. "This team presents an incredible opportunity for this area, for the Tri-Cities, and beyond."
After hearing from Mayor Kochuba of Colonial Heights, Va., and Chris Martin, owner of Collegiate Baseball Experience, the Top 5 was announced along with the names of those who submitted the suggestions. Chili Peppers, Cucumbers, Nitty Gritties, Tacos & Triceratops made up the Top 5. Then came time for the winner.
"The winner of the Tri-Cities Baseball 2020 Name the Team contest is the Tri-City Chili Peppers submitted by Kurt Anderson."
Anderson wins a five-game all-you-can-eat ticket package for the 2020 season, an exclusive 'I Named The Team' T-shirt that was unveiled at the time of the announcement, and a hat. The Top 20 will receive a 20% coupon to the team store once merchandise is available.
"This is very exciting," said Coastal Plain League COO/Commissioner Justin Sellers. "The CPL is all about showcasing high-quality baseball in a fun, family-friendly environment. The Chili Peppers are our newest chapter and we can't wait to see what they have in store for the summer season! Let the fun begin!"
The Coastal Plain League will be releasing its 2020 season schedule in the coming weeks and the Chili Peppers hope to start ticket sales by mid November.
About Coastal Plain League:
The Coastal Plain League is the nation's premier summer collegiate baseball league. Heading into its 24th season in 2020, the CPL features 15 franchises playing in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia. To date, the CPL has had over 1,600 alumni drafted and 131 alums – including 2017 ALCS MVP, 2017 World Series champion, 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young award winner Justin Verlander, as well as 2017 NLCS MVP Chris Taylor – make their Major League debut. For more information on the Coastal Plain League, please visit the league website at www.coastalplain.com, and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat @CPLBaseball.