Sport: Baseball (minor league)
Population: 22,107 (2010)
Bottom line: The Hudson Valley Renegades are the short-season, Class A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, since 1996, and spent their first two seasons as an affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
The Renegades have a pretty awesome mascot because, for some reason, they decided to go with the Raccoons and have developed a whole brand on that, with a daddy raccoon, Rookie, Rookie’s wife, Rene Gade, and their son, Rascal.
There are even occasional appearances by Rookie’s dad, Roofus.