What about the Zephyrs?
The name is currently being used by a hat company, and is defined as, “a soft gentle breeze,” by Oxford. Intimidation is the last thing which comes to mind when imagining a breeze, but it’s long been the last thing coming to mind about the Rockies as well.
A tribute to a former minor league team may not be the answer either. As shown already, picking a new team name isn’t simple. The Washington Football Team chose to forego the process altogether instead of finding a quick fix (which is the Washington Redtails by the way, wake up Dan Snyder).
For my money, the Colorado Summits could be a winner. The logo could likely remain intact, while the name itself strays further from the Cleveland Rocks. Even the stadium and its amenities could remain the same, all while making sure the Rockies don’t fall into a bigger shadow.
A name change hasn’t even been rumored by Dick Monfort and company. The Cleveland Rocks are merely a solid suggestion for the team’s new name after they announced it would be changed.
The uproar from Cleveland’s change would likely be huge from Rockies’ fans. The problem is, in a game with as much history as baseball, the newer team is likely the loser of the fight.