New Martinez pro baseball team picks its name

MARTINEZ — After much debate and public input, the incoming Martinez pro baseball team has settled on a new name that pays tribute to the ancient species of fish that has resided in the Carquinez Strait for centuries: sturgeon.

The Martinez Sturgeon will take the field this summer, as part of the multi-state Pecos League, an independently-owned professional baseball league for players aged 22-25. The Sturgeon colors will be Royal Blue, Sky Blue and White.

The name was chosen by a subcommittee of the Martinez City Council, according to a news release by the baseball club.

In choosing the name Sturgeon, the city’s new baseball club ditched its old tentative name — the Martinez Mackerel — which had been widely panned by locals. The news release also said the term “mackerel” was objected to, “due to negative references in Urban Dictionary.” The website contains one definition of mackerel as, “an idiot, ****head, mug etc.”

There was little consensus for what the replacement name should be; some wanted to pay tribute to the baseball legend Joe DiMaggio, a Martinez native, while others preferred the name Martinez Beavers, because the furry little critters have become…

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