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 Southern Illinois - hard working, honest, and dedicated," said Erik Haag, spokesman for the Southern Illinois Baseball Group.
"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 added. "We think the name also reflects the recent renaissance in mining in the area which will serve as an economic catalyst for the future."
The team's new website is www.SouthernIllinoisMiners.com. Team merchandise is already available for sale at the team's kiosk in the mall. Merchandise and tickets can also be purchased online.
Next on the agenda will be the announcement of the coach and the first couple of players hired as well as the 2007 schedule.
Games begin in late May and run to early September.