Grand Junction Jackalopes: Colorado baseball team changes name
The minor league baseball team embraces an animal that some say is real, others a myth.
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — The Grand Junction Rockies no longer exist.
The Pioneer League minor league baseball team changed its name and logo Friday to the Grand Junction Jackalopes.
For those unfamiliar, a jackalope is a mythical animal in American Western folklore described as a hare with antelope horns.
According to the team, its new logo nods to Colorado’s Grand Mesa, a baseball field, the Western way of finding a lucky rabbit’s foot, and the legend that jackalopes never mate only during lightning strikes.
The Jackalopes team colors will be purple, blue, and gold for the Majesty Purple, Sky Blue, and Desert Sunset colors.
The baseball team moved to Grand Junction in 2012 from Casper, Wyoming where its name was the Casper Ghosts. The team was renamed Grand Junction Rockies as an affiliate of the Colorado Rockies, an affiliation that ended in 2019 when Major League Baseball downsized its minor league system.
Future Legends, owner of division rival Northern Colorado Owlz, purchased the Grand Junction Rockies in August.
The Jackalopes will continue as a member of the ten-team Pioneer League in 2023 alongside the Rocky Mountain Vibes, Northern Colorado Owlz, Ogden Raptors, Boise Hawks, Missoula PaddleHeads, Great Falls Voyagers, Idaho Falls Chukars, Billings Mustangs and Glacier Range Riders .
The 2023 season begins May 23 for the Jackalopes on the road in Ogden. A new Jackalope mascot will likely make its home debut at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction on Tuesday, June 6.
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