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It’s that time of year: Saints launch annual campaign to name mascot

It's time once again for the St. Paul Saints to bestow a name on its porcine mascot, one of the best ongoing promotions in baseball.

It's that time again: the St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) are holding a contest to bestow a name on this year's porcine mascot, a yearly ritual of fan participation. Beginning now through May 8 fans can go to and submit their creative ideas for the newest pig. In the past names have coincided with local flair (Garrison Squeallor in 2007), national flavor (Boarack Ohama in 2008), baseball lore (The Great Hambino in 1998) and music style (Hammy Davis Jr. in 2000, The Notorious P.I.G. – Piggy Smalls in 2003 and Squeal Diamond in 2004).

Other pig names have included The Saint (1993), Kevin Bacon (2001) and Bud Squealig (2006).

The person whose entry is chosen as this year’s name will receive a Saints prize pack that consists of four VIP tickets, ceremonial first pitch during the opening homestand, photos with the new pig, an opportunity to escort the pig and a $50 Saints gift card.

“The hilarious and relevant name submissions we receive from our fans is just another example of the Be Your Own Fan philosophy,” said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. “Many of our fans come to the ballpark to be a part of the Saints tradition of having a four-legged mascot. Our fans continue to impress us with their suggestions.”

Why a pig? St. Paul was originally known as Pig's Eye, so named after a colorful local resident, Pig's Eye Parrant. Saner heads prevailed on the naming of the nascent community. 

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