The Hyannis Mets say internet reports that they are changing their nickname are erroneous.
The Cape Cod League franchise posted a message to its fans on its website:
“Erroneous Internet reports have claimed that the Hyannis Mets have changed their name. While a wide range of possibilities have been explored regarding the trademark discussions between the Cape Cod Baseball League and Major League Baseball, any reports of an imminent name change are incorrect. In fact, the team’s nickname and colors are reviewed by the Hyannis Athletic Associate on an annual basis, and 2008 is no different. The Hyannis Mets remain the Hyannis Mets, and look forward to the 2008 CCBL season as the Hyannis Mets.”
The story had been reported by “dugoutcentral.com.”
Major League baseball has threatened to withdraw a $100,000 contribution to the Cape Cod League if those teams that use MLB nicknames do not purchase all uniforms, souvenirs, etc., from MLB distributors.