HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Going to Holyoke Blue Sox games has been a summertime tradition for many people from across western Massachusetts for years, but this year, fans at Mackenzie Stadium will be cheering on a team with a different name.
The Blue Sox announced Thursday that have changed their name to the “Valley Blue Sox”. In a news release sent to 22News, General Manager Hunter Golden said that the name change is about broadening the appeal of the team to other communities in the Pioneer Valley.
“Yes, we feel like the team name will help us gain more traction in the Springfields, the Chicopees, and West Springfields below the (city) line, but it also opens up a world of possibilities for us north of the line – in communities such as Northampton, Hadley, and Amherst,” Golden said.
Blue Sox President Clark Eckhoff agreed.
“We want fans to know we’re the Valley’s team,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s about reaching as far as we possibly can.”
The Blue Sox are part of the 12-team New England Collegiate Baseball League.