Why Is The Arizona Diamondbacks Mascot A Bobcat?

The Arizona Diamondbacks are an American professional baseball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. The Diamondbacks compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division.

Purple, black, teal, and copper were the initial team colors of the Arizona Diamondbacks. The crossbar was a snake’s tongue, and the letter “A” was emphasized with a diamond pattern. The Diamondbacks wore a variety of uniforms throughout this time period.

Mar 8, 2017; Salt River Pima-Maricopa, AZ, USA; Mexico base runner Alex Verdugo scores in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks during a 2017 World Baseball Classic exhibition game at Salt River Fields. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

A cream uniform with purple pinstriping was worn by the Diamondback at home. Front and chest numbers were emblazoned with the whole team name (“Diamond” and “Backs”), which was worn from 1998 to 2000.

The “A” logo appeared on the right chest of the variant sleeveless version, which was worn with purple undershirts. The “A” logo was added to the sleeves of the sleeved uniform prior to the 2001 season.

There was a teal with purple trim for player names in all three outfits, and purple with white with teal trim for numbers.

Why Is The Arizona Diamondbacks Mascot A Bobcat?

According to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the mascot was the brainchild of a small youngster. It was Brantley Bell’s suggestion that the mascot for the team, the Bank One Ballpark, or “BOB,” should be a bobcat.

Brantley’s father, Jay Bell, was a Diamondbacks rookie second baseman in 1998. A year later, D. Baxter, the Bobcat was born as a result of his son’s suggestion being brought to the attention of the team’s management.

The nickname “the D-Backs” inspired his given name, D. Baxter. In 2005, Bank One Ballpark changed its name to Chase Field, but the bobcat that was named in its honor is still there.