Grand Junction, Colorado
If we are giving some love to the NCAA Division I World Series and the NAIA World Series, it only makes sense to give a tip of the cap to the home of the National Junior College Athletic Association. It’s also the home to the Pioneer League team for the Colorado Rockies. It’s Suplizio Field in Grand Junction.
Sure, driving across the Continental Divide to Grand Junction may not seem like much of a road game for the Rockies. However, seeing a Major League game in western Colorado would certainly draw fans from the part of the state, as well as eastern Utah.
Seating capacity is 12,000 so attendance wouldn’t be an issue. The field is 583 miles from Phoenix so how about planning a Rockies-Diamondbacks game on the other side of the state in the early part of the season before it gets too warm?
There are plenty of opportunities for Major League Baseball to not only do some good deeds in Grand Junction but also to honor many of the players who started their career in junior colleges.
If MLB truly wants to grow the game, it’s important for younger athletes to know that smaller schools and junior colleges exist. Playing in Lewiston and Grand Junction give an opportunity for MLB to speak that message on a national scale.