A major change is taking shape for the Missoula Osprey (Rookie; Pioneer League), as the club has announced plans to rebrand for 2020 and beyond.
The franchise has been known as the Osprey since 1999, its first season in Missoula, MT after relocating from Lethbridge, Alberta. The Osprey identity will remain in place through the 2019 campaign, but the club announced on Monday that it is planning for a rebranding that will take effect with the 2020 season.
To get that process into gear, the Osprey is now asking fans to submit potential names. Submissions will be accepted from Monday, January 28 through Monday, February 11, part of a process that should lead to an announcement of a new name down the road. More information from the Osprey’s announcement:
Help us rename our franchise!
That’s right — this may surprise you, but we assure you this is not a decision we have taken lightly. We think it’s time to ask our fans what makes Missoula great. Unique. Special. Fun.
Only you know, so please tell us more. Fans will be able to submit their suggestions Monday, January 28, through Monday, February 11. We will use these suggestions and feedback in our selection process of the final name.
We are truly grateful for the unwavering support from everyone in Missoula and Western Montana and we look forward to providing you with high quality affordable family entertainment for the next 20 years. Thank you for participating in this historic decision!
Although more announcement regarding rebrands for 2020 could follow, it is already shaping to be a season in which several new identities will take the field around Minor League Baseball. The Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League) will become the Rocket City Trash Pandas as part of their shift to Madison, AL, while the New Orleans Baby Cakes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) are planning to adopt a new identity as part of their move to Wichita, KS.