Even though everyone asks what a Rockhound is when they move here, which is actually the oilfield slang name for a geologist, Midland's minor league baseball team did not make the Top 5.

According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, here is their Top 5:

  1. Austin Weirdos - This is the newest team in Texas and will begin games in the next month or so. They are a part of the independent Pecos League and rainbow tie-dye is going to be the official colors of their uniforms.
  2. Weimar Hormigas - Hormigas is the Spanish name for "ants" and the mascot is a fire ant. Weimar is located on Interstate 10 about halfway between San Antonio and Houston. The team is also a part of the independent Pecos League with the Austin Weirdos and they begin their inaugural season in about a month as well.
  3. Amarillo Sod Poodles - The "Soddies" as the locals in Amarillo proudly call them, is a slang term for a prairie dog. This would have clearly been the #1 choice by me if not for the two previous names of the newly formed Pecos League teams. The "Soddies" are a part of the same league as Midland and they are a Double-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
  4. Texas AirHogs - "AirHogs" is a term used to describe military pilots and the team was located in Grand Prairie. They were a part of the independent American Association and lasted from 2007-2020. Unfortunately, the team could not survive the COVID-19 Pandemic and dissolved in October of 2020. They won their league championship in 2011 and hosted their league's All-Star Game in 2009.
  5. Lubbock Crickets - The team name comes from Buddy Holly's group The Crickets. The team unfortunately only lasted 5 seasons from 1995-1999 in the Texas-Louisiana League. They won the league championship in 1995 in their first year of existence which was a promising start but their record was below .500 in 1997 and folded after the 1999 season.





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