GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. –
Tuesday’s announcement Minor League Baseball would not be played this summer hit home on the Western Slope. The Grand Junction Rockies will not be taking Suplizio Field this year. Unfortunate, but not altogether unexpected news for Rockies president Mick Ritter. He tells KREX the writing was on the wall after June came and went with no MLB teams holding camp. “When MLB was taking their time to figure their stuff out, that’s totally understandable on the health issues. But for us we were ready to play, and it became June, and we were expecting something like this to happen. It’s unfortunate, but we’re looking forward to another great season in 2021 though.”
Looking forward is something the GJ Rockies are happy to do. It’s probably fair to call 2020 a “rocky” year for the Rox. January the talk was about the Rockies reportedly on a list of 42 teams to be shut down by MLB. Those negotiations, according to Pioneer League President Jim Mccurdy, have been put on the back burner while MLB figures out how to handle the ongoing COVID situation. A situation that officially bled into the Pioneer League season in mid-June. The Rockies didn’t announce Suplizio Field would be closed on opening day until less than a week before the scheduled June 19th game. Tuesday’s announcement, for now, lifts the burden of uncertainty on the GJ Rockies staff. “It’s unfortunate the season got canceled, but for us, we can start planning for 2021 right now… We can get things going, we can order things early, so we’re excited for that part of it.”
To fans in the community, who are feeling the hurt of not having professional baseball on the Western Slope Mick has a message, “Hang in there, MLB is starting in less than a month. We’ll be here for 2021, we’re excited to have them out here. Our office is always open, come on by, stop and chat some baseball. It’s unfortunate but we are ready to go for 2021.”
Fans who purchased season tickets have been giving the option of a full refund, or rolling their tickets over until 2021. A season, and year, that hopefully goes more smoothly than 2020.