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Wichita’s new baseball team is test-driving names. River Riders is the first one

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The last structural beam of the new downtown Wichita baseball stadium was put in place on Wednesday.
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Wichita Baseball 2020 revealed the first potential new name for the city’s next baseball team, one of seven that will be considered before a final name is chosen, the team’s owner said Thursday.

About 8 a.m., the social media accounts previously known as Wichita Baseball 2020 were switched over to the name Wichita River Riders, sparking widespread speculation that that might be the name chosen for the Miami Marlins’ Triple-A Minor League Baseball franchise that’s relocating to Wichita next season.

Wichita Baseball 2020 was a generic name that has been used in the team’s social media accounts until an official name can be selected.

Lou Schwechheimer, owner and president of the team now known as the New Orleans Baby Cakes, said River Riders is the first of seven potential names to be tested before a final decision is made.

He said the team will try out a new name about every two weeks on its social media accounts to give the community fans time to weigh in on what they like best.

“This is designed to be a fun, enthusiastic, healthy debate.” Schwechheimer said.

A final decision on the team name will be revealed at an event in November, along with the official logos, uniforms and mascot, Schwechheimer said.

The seven names to be tested were selected as finalists from more than 3,000 possibilities submitted online by Wichita baseball fans, he said.

Contributing: Jaime Green of The Eagle

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