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CLEVELAND (AP) - Splish, splash, Akron's minor league team is ready for a bath.

No longer known as the Aeros, they're now the RubberDucks.

The Double-A affiliate for the Cleveland Indians announced the new nickname on Tuesday. Team owner Ken Babby said the RubberDucks nickname and logo are designed to "honor the history of Akron and the rubber industry while creating a new identity that was fun, exciting, and family-friendly."

The team's primary logo consists of a snarling, tire-treaded duck's head accentuated by flames. The team's new official color combination of "blue flame, racing yellow, fire orange and tire black pays" tribute to Akron's heritage as the "Rubber City."

Akron's team had been known as the Aeros for the past 17 seasons, adopting the nickname when the club moved into Canal Park in 1997.

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