My fiance has a theory that I am inclined to agree with. It is that the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team was in actual fact supposed to be named the Chiba Lotte Mariners, modeled on, of course, the Seattle Mariners. But back in 1992 when the Lotte Orions decided to take on a new name, something got lost in translation.
The Chiba Lotte Marines mascots
This theory isn't just limited to the Chiba Lotte Marines baseball team either. Here are some other sporting teams with names that make foreigners think twice - and laugh out loud.
Kurita Water Gush (Second Division Rugby Team)
Tokyo Yakult Swallows (Nippon Professional Baseball League)
Toshiba Brave Lupus (Top League Rugby Team)
Kuroda Electric Bullet Spirits (Second Division Basketball Team) - how cool is this name?
Mitsubishi Dynaboars (Second Division Rugby Team)
And my favourite:
The Yokogawa Musashino Atlastars (Second Division Rugby Team). Clearly Allstars got lost somewhere along the way.
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