Marion team adopts Miners moniker
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November 17, 2006 - From the Frontier League website:

Another major milestone for the Southern Illinois Baseball Group was checked off the list today as Erik Haag, spokesman for the new minor league baseball team, announced the team name, the Southern Illinois Miners, and unveiled the new team logo.

"We wanted a name that the people of the region could identify with in a personal way. We think the miner was an excellent choice because he represents the many great qualities of people in Souther Illinois - hard working, honest, and dedicated. Throughout the history of this region many miners labored under less than ideal conditions in an effort to put food on the table and improve the lives of their families," Haag said. "We think the name also reflects the recent renaissance in mining in the area which will serve as an economic catalyst for the future."

Along with the name, the team unveiled the new logo. The logo consists of the team name in letters chiseled out of a rock face and a strong miner swinging a baseball bat shaped pick axe at a baseball in a mound of coal. After the unveiling, merchandise displaying the logo was available for sale at the baseball offices in the Illinois Centre Mall.


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