The Aeros will hold a news conference at 11 a.m. Tuesday to announce a name change that will include a new team logo and color scheme.
This time, the fans didn’t get a vote.
Fans voted in 2009 in a public re-branding contest to keep the Aeros name that had defined the club since its inception in 1997 when the Canton-Akron Indians moved to Canal Park in downtown Akron.
In the 2009 vote, the team asked the public for suggestions, and among the most popular was the Rubber Ducks. There were early drawings prepared at that time. According to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, a logo trademark depicting a duck’s head with the words Akron RubberDucks below was filed by Akron Baseball, LLC, on Oct. 18.
Other favorites in 2009 the contest involved a nod to Akron’s rubber company roots, such as the Gum Dippers, Tire Jacks and Vulcans.
But in the contest, the old name, Aeros, ultimately won out by a 67 percent vote over the aforementioned four finalists.
The team was originally named the Aeros as a reference to Ohio’s history of aerospace research, including being the home state of the Wright Brothers and astronaut Neil Armstrong.
In a 2009 news release, then executive vice president and chief operating officer Jim Pfander said, “Our fans have spoken and we are excited to remain the Aeros. It’s exciting to see how passionate the fans were in keeping the Aeros name.”
Four years later, Pfander is back with the club for a second stint under new owner Ken Babby. This time, the new ownership is picking the name without a public vote.