The Atlanta Braves High-A affiliate in Rome announced a few months back that they were dropping the Braves moniker and selecting a new name for the organization.
They decided on this move to give their community a chance to have a unique identity rather than simply being known as a Braves affiliate. This makes things more fun for the community of Rome and allows them to have more fun with mascots, promotions, and more.
To keep in line with the community aspect of the change, Rome Professional Baseball Club allowed fans to submit suggestions for the new name when the announcement was originally made. The Gwinnett Stripers had some fun with name suggestions back in August.
Name changes aren't without controversy and fans had a lot to say online in support and in opposition of the move. The Braves and a few other minor league teams were sold to Endeavor Group Holdings in December 2021.
Not long after that, in 2022, Rome general manager David Cross left. Diamond Baseball Holdings that owns the Rome Braves was sold to Silver Lake.
David Lane is the fourth general manager in Rome's history and he joined in September 2022. The decision to change the name was a long time coming and it makes a lot of sense. Now was the perfect time to give the team a new identity.
Rome invited fans out to AdventHealth Stadium on Thursday evening for an event where they unveiled the new name.
Introducing... the Rome Emperors.
The Emperor moniker is not only a nod to the Roman empire but also to the species of penguin that goes by the same name. This gives the team a unique perspective and definitely will allow for some cool merchandise that is now available to purchase.
Change isn't always easy but when it comes to renaming the organization, the Rome Professional Baseball Club did a perfect job with this one. I look forward to making some trips to Rome to see the team in action.
The team released a lot more information online and via their social accounts. You can see a preview of the new uniforms below.