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Massachusetts Triple-A baseball team named the WooSox

November 26, 2019 GMT
FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, spectators watch near an artist's rendering during a groundbreaking ceremony for Polar Park, a new minor league baseball stadium in Worcester, Mass., to be home for the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in 2021. On Monday night, Nov. 26, the club announced the team would be called the WooSox, when it moves to Worcester from Pawtucket, R.I., where it has been known as the PawSox. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)
FILE - In this July 11, 2019, file photo, spectators watch near an artist's rendering during a groundbreaking ceremony for Polar Park, a new minor league baseball stadium in Worcester, Mass., to be home for the Boston Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in 2021. On Monday night, Nov. 26, the club announced the team would be called the WooSox, when it moves to Worcester from Pawtucket, R.I., where it has been known as the PawSox. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File)

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — The Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be known as the WooSox when the team moves from Rhode Island to Massachusetts.

Team officials on Monday unveiled the name, rejecting more than 200 other suggestions, including the Wicked Worms, Canaligators and Chowdaheads.

The team, currently known as the Pawtucket Red Sox, or PawSox, will play one more season in Rhode Island before moving to a new $100 million, 10,000-seat ballpark in Worcester starting in the 2021 season.

The team has been informally referred to as the WooSox all along.

A new logo was also unveiled, featuring the ubiquitous yellow smiley face — invented in 1963 by Worcester native Harvey Ball — wearing red socks and taking a swing reminiscent of Boston Red Sox icons Ted Williams and David Ortiz.