JOLIET (WBBM) — Joliet’s minor league baseball team has a new name, and it embraces one of the city’s historic industries: prison.

They are the now the Joliet Slammers. And, as Newsradio 780’s Bernie Tafoya reports, the team’s news release taps into the prison theme, saying the franchise “locks in” a new nickname.

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More than 1,000 fans suggested 300 names to replace the old Joliet Jackhammers.

One suggestion, the Joliet Jailbirds, was the most-suggested name, but it proved to be a bit too much for team executives.

A popular suggestion among online voters was the Joliet Jakes–a takeoff on John Belushi’s character in the “Blues Brothers” movie. However, that name is copyrighted.

The former Joliet Jackhammers ran into financial trouble and were sold to a new owner, who wanted a new name for the team.

The old Joliet Prison housed inmates for more then 140 years until it closed almost 10 years ago. It is now a park that includes historical information about the old jail.

The Slammers play in the Frontier League of the Independent Professional Baseball Federation.

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