Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

Colorado Rockies
2019 Colorado Rockies season
Established in 1991
Colorado Rockies logoColorado Rockies Cap Insignia
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
MLB-NLW-COL-Uniforms
Retired numbers
Colors
  • Purple, black, silver[1][2]
                  
Name
  • Colorado Rockies (1993–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Rox, The Blake Street Bombers
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0)None
NL Pennants (1)2007
West Division titles (0)None
Wild card berths (5)
Front office
Owner(s)The Monfort brothers
ManagerBud Black
General ManagerJeff Bridich
President of Baseball OperationsJeff Bridich

History

Denver had long been a hotbed of Denver Bears/Zephyrs minor league baseball and many in the area desired a Major League team. Following the Pittsburgh drug trials, an unsuccessful attempt was made to purchase the Pittsburgh Pirates and relocate them. However, in 1991, as part of Major League Baseball's two-team expansion (along with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins), an ownership group representing Denver led by John Antonucci and Michael I. Monus was granted a franchise; they took the name "Rockies" due to Denver's proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which is reflected in their logo. Monus and Antonucci were forced to drop out in 1992 after Monus' reputation was ruined by an accounting scandal. Trucking magnate Jerry McMorris stepped in at the 11th hour to save the franchise, allowing the team to begin play in 1993. The Rockies shared Mile High Stadium (which had originally been built for the Bears) with the National Football League (NFL)'s Denver Broncos for their first two seasons while Coors Field was constructed. It was completed for the 1995 Major League Baseball season.

In 1993, they started play in the West division of the National League. The Rockies were MLB's first team based in the Mountain Time Zone. They have reached the Major League Baseball postseason five times, each time as the National League wild card team. Twice (1995 and 2009) they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. In 2007, the Rockies advanced to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox. Like their expansion brethren, the Miami Marlins, they have never won a division title since their establishment; they are also one of two current MLB teams that have never won their division.

The Rockies have played their home games at Coors Field since 1995. Their newest spring training home, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Arizona, opened in March 2011 and is shared with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Uniform

At the start of the 2012 season, the Rockies introduced "Purple Mondays" in which the team wears its purple uniform every Monday game day.[3][4]

Baseball Hall of Famers

No inducted members of the Baseball Hall of Fame have played for or managed the Rockies.

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Colorado Rockies in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
No. Name Position(s) Seasons Notes
Jerry McMorris Owner 1992–2005
KSM Keli McGregor President 2001–2010 Attended Colorado State University
9, 14 Vinny Castilla 3B 1993–1999
2004, 2006
10 Dante Bichette OF 1993–1999
14 Andrés Galarraga 1B 1993–1997
17 Todd Helton 1B 1997–2013
25 Don Baylor Manager 1993–1998
33 Larry Walker RF 1995–2004

Individual awards

NL MVP

NLCS MVP

NL Rookie of the Year

Silver Slugger Award

Hank Aaron Award

Gold Glove Award

Manager of the Year Award

NL Batting Champion [5]

DHL Hometown Heroes (2006)

  • Larry Walker – voted by MLB fans as the most outstanding player in the history of the franchise, based on on-field performance, leadership quality and character value

Team award

Championships

National League Champions
Preceded by:
St. Louis Cardinals
2007 Succeeded by:
Philadelphia Phillies
National League Wild Card Winners
Preceded by:
None (First)
1995 Succeeded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
Preceded by:
Los Angeles Dodgers
2007 Succeeded by:
Milwaukee Brewers
Preceded by:
Milwaukee Brewers
2009 Succeeded by:
Atlanta Braves
Preceded by:
Arizona Diamondbacks
2018
National League Wild Card Runner-Up
2017

Retired numbers

Todd Helton is the sole Colorado player to have his number (17) retired, which was done on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Jackie Robinson's number, 42, was retired throughout all of baseball in 1997.[6]

Keli McGregor had worked with the Rockies since their inception in 1993, rising from senior director of operations to team president in 2002, until his death on April 20, 2010. He is honored at Coors Field alongside Helton and Robinson with his initials.[7]

Rockies Retired 17
Todd
Helton

1B
Retired August 17, 2014
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Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997
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Keli
McGregor

President
Honored September 28, 2010

Current roster

Colorado Rockies roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers
Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

25 active, 15 inactive

Injury icon 2.svg 7- or 10-day injured list
dagger Suspended list
# Personal leave
Roster and coaches updated May 17, 2019
TransactionsDepth chart

All MLB rosters

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Albuquerque, New Mexico
AA Hartford Yard Goats Eastern League Hartford, Connecticut
A-Advanced Lancaster JetHawks California League Lancaster, California
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Asheville, North Carolina
Short Season A Boise Hawks Northwest League Boise, Idaho
Rookie Grand Junction Rockies Pioneer League Grand Junction, Colorado
DSL Rockies Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Radio and television

As of 2010, Rockies' flagship radio station is KOA 850AM, with some late-season games broadcast on KHOW 630 AM due to conflicts with Denver Broncos games. Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are the radio announcers which both serve as backup TV announcers whenever Drew Goodman is not on the broadcast. The Rockies Radio Network is composed of 38 affiliate stations in eight states.

As of 2013, Spanish broadcasts of the Rockies are heard on KNRV 1150 AM.

As of 2013, all games are produced and televised by AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. All 150 games produced by AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain are broadcast in HD. Jeff Huson, Drew Goodman and Ryan Spilborghs form the TV broadcast team with Jenny Cavnar, Jason Hirsh and Cory Sullivan handling the pre-game and post-game shows.

Home attendance

The Rockies led MLB attendance records for the first seven years of their existence. The inaugural season is currently the MLB all-time record for home attendance.

Home Attendance at Mile High Stadium
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
1993 4,483,350 55,350 1st
1994 3,281,511 57,570+ 1st
Home Attendance at Coors Field
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
1995 3,390,037 47,084++ 1st
1996 3,891,014 48,037 1st
1997 3,888,453 48,006 1st
1998 3,792,683 46,823 1st
1999 3,481,065 42,976 1st
2000 3,295,129 40,681 5th
2001 3,166,821 39,097 5th
2002 2,737,838 33,800 9th
2003 2,334,085 28,816 15th
2004 2,338,069 28,865 15th
2005 1,914,389 23,634 26th
2006 2,104,362 25,980 23rd
2007 2,376,250 28,979 19th
2008 2,650,218 32,719 13th
2009 2,665,080 32,902 11th
2010 2,875,245 35,497 10th
2011 2,909,777 35,923 12th
2012 2,630,458 32,475 13th
2013 2,793,828 34,492 10th
2014 2,680,329 33,090 10th
2015 2,506,789 30,948 14th
2016 2,602,524 32,130 11th
2017 2,953,650 36,465 8th

+ = 57 home games in strike shortened season. ++ = 72 home games in strike shortened season. [8][9]

References

  1. ^ Harding, Thomas (January 30, 2017). "Rockies outfitted with one shade of purple". Rockies.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "General Club Information" (PDF). 2018 Colorado Rockies Information Guide. MLB Advanced Media. March 20, 2018. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Rockies Introduce Purple Mondays Campaign During 'Year of the Fan'". Rockies.com (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. April 6, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Rockies introduce 'Purple Monday' campaign". KKTV. April 6, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2016.
  5. ^ "Batting Average Year-by-Year Leaders / Batting Champions on Baseball Almanac". www.baseball-almanac.com. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Helton calls No. 17 jersey retirement 'very special'". Rockies.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
  7. ^ Harding, Thomas (September 28, 2010). "Rox unveil McGregor memorial at Coors Field". Rockies.com. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved June 28, 2016.
  8. ^ [1] Attendance Report
  9. ^ [2] Attendance Report

External links

1992 Major League Baseball expansion draft

On November 17, 1992, during the 1992–93 offseason, Major League Baseball (MLB) held an expansion draft in New York City to allow two expansion teams, the Florida Marlins and Colorado Rockies, to build their rosters prior to debuting in the National League's (NL) East and the West divisions, respectively, in the 1993 MLB season.

The 1990 collective bargaining agreement between MLB owners and the MLB Players Association allowed the NL to expand by two members to match the American League (AL). In June 1991, MLB accepted bids of groups from Miami, Florida, and Denver, Colorado, with debuts set for 1993.The Marlins and Rockies used the expansion draft to build their teams using different strategies. As the Rockies had a smaller operating budget than the Marlins, the Rockies targeted prospects with low salaries, while the Marlins selected older players intended to provide more immediate impact. All three rounds of the draft were televised by ESPN.

1995 National League Division Series

The 1995 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1995 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions—along with a "wild card" team—participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in 1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 90–54) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card, 77–67): Braves win series, 3–1.

(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 85–59) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 78–66): Reds win series, 3–0.The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined—a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field "advantage" was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel. Had the 1995 NLDS been played under the 1998-2011 arrangement, then Atlanta (1) would've still played against Colorado (4) and Cincinnati (2) would have likewise still faced Los Angeles (3). Under the 2012-present format, which removed the prohibition against teams from the same division meeting in the Division Series, the matchups also would have been Atlanta-Colorado and Cincinnati-Los Angeles.

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.

2007 World Series

The 2007 World Series was the championship series of Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2007 season. The 103rd edition of the World Series, it was a best-of-seven playoff between the National League (NL) champion Colorado Rockies and the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox; the Red Sox swept the Rockies in four games. It was the Rockies' first appearance in a World Series. The Red Sox's victory was their second World Series championship in four seasons and their seventh overall; it also marked the third sweep in four years by the AL champions. The series began on Wednesday, October 24 and ended on Sunday, October 28.

Terry Francona became the second Red Sox manager to win two World Series titles, following Bill Carrigan, who won the 1915 and 1916 World Series. Including the last three games of the AL Championship Series, the Red Sox outscored their opposition 59–15 over their final seven games. Francona also became the first manager to win his first 8 World Series games. The Rockies, meanwhile, became the first NL team to get swept in a World Series after sweeping the League Championship Series, and just the second team ever to suffer such a fate, following the Oakland Athletics in 1990. This fate would again be suffered by the 2012 Detroit Tigers, being swept by the San Francisco Giants in the World Series after sweeping the New York Yankees in the ALCS.

Adam Ottavino

Adam Robert Ottavino (born November 22, 1985) is an American professional baseball player for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 and the Colorado Rockies from 2012 to 2018.

Clint Hurdle

Clinton Merrick Hurdle (born July 30, 1957) is an American former professional baseball outfielder and current manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball. Hurdle played in MLB for the Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets, and St. Louis Cardinals, and has also managed for the Colorado Rockies.

Labeled a "phenom" by Sports Illustrated at age twenty, Hurdle played 515 games at the major league level. After retiring from playing baseball, Hurdle became a manager. His eight seasons with the Colorado Rockies included leading the 2007 club to the franchise's first National League (NL) pennant. On November 14, 2010, the Pirates hired him to be their manager. In 2013, Hurdle led them to their first winning season and playoff appearance since 1992. He was named the NL Manager of the Year that season.

Colorado Rockies (NHL)

The Colorado Rockies were an American professional ice hockey team in the National Hockey League (NHL) that played in Denver, Colorado, from 1976 to 1982. They were founded as the Kansas City Scouts, an expansion team that began play in the NHL in the 1974–75 season. The Scouts moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Denver for the 1976–77 season. The franchise moved to East Rutherford, New Jersey, for the 1982–83 season and was renamed as the New Jersey Devils. The NHL did not return to Denver until the Quebec Nordiques moved there to become the Colorado Avalanche following the 1994–95 season.

Colorado Rockies Radio Network

The Colorado Rockies Radio Network consists of 34 stations (24 A.M., 10 F.M.) plus 2 F.M. boosters and 10 F.M. translators in 6 western states. The English language announcers are Jack Corrigan, Jerry Schemmel & Mike Rice. In addition to in-game duties, Corrigan hosts "Rockies Q&A" & Rice hosts "The Rockies Dugout Show".

Gerardo Parra

Gerardo Enrique Parra (born May 6, 1987) is a Venezuelan professional baseball outfielder for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles, Colorado Rockies, and San Francisco Giants.

Jim Tracy (baseball)

James Edwin Tracy (born December 31, 1955) is a former professional baseball manager and player. He has managed the Los Angeles Dodgers, Pittsburgh Pirates, and Colorado Rockies. Tracy was named Manager of the Year in 2009, only the second manager to win the award after being hired mid-season, joining Jack McKeon for the Florida Marlins.

Joe Micheletti

Joseph Robert Micheletti (born October 24, 1954 in International Falls, Minnesota) is an American ice hockey analyst and reporter. He is also a retired National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA) defenseman who played in 142 WHA games with the Calgary Cowboys and Edmonton Oilers between 1977 and 1979, and 158 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies between 1979 and 1982. He is the brother of former NHL player Pat Micheletti.

List of Colorado Rockies Opening Day starting pitchers

The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They play in the National League West division. The first game of the new baseball season for a team is played on Opening Day, and being named the Opening Day starter is an honor, which is often given to the player who is expected to lead the pitching staff that season, though there are various strategic reasons why a team's best pitcher might not start on Opening Day. The Rockies have used 19 different Opening Day starting pitchers in their 27 seasons. Since the Rockies' first season in 1993, the 19 starters have a combined Opening Day record of eleven wins, eight losses (11–8), and eight no decisions. No decisions are only awarded to the starting pitcher if the game is won or lost after the starting pitcher has left the game.Eight Rockies pitchers have started on two Opening Days: Kevin Ritz, Darryl Kile, Mike Hampton, Jason Jennings, Aaron Cook, Ubaldo Jiménez, Jorge de la Rosa, and Jon Gray. Kile has the best Opening Day record with two wins and no losses. Armando Reynoso is the only Rockies pitcher to start on Opening Day in Colorado's former home of Mile High Stadium. Rockies starting pitchers have an Opening Day record of four wins, two losses, and one no decision when at home. With the exception of one lost game at Mile High Stadium, the other games were played at Colorado's current home stadium of Coors Field. On the road for Opening Day, Colorado starting pitchers have accumulated a record of seven wins, six losses, and seven no decisions. The Rockies have a record of two wins and three losses on Opening Day for seasons in which they would later go on to participate in post-season play.The longest Opening Day winning streak for Rockies starting pitchers is three years, when Colorado won in 2004, 2005, and 2006, under three different pitchers, Shawn Estes, Joe Kennedy, and Jason Jennings. Rockies starters have lost twice in two consecutive years, once in 1993 and 1994, and once from 2002 to 2003.

List of Colorado Rockies broadcasters

The Colorado Rockies are broadcast locally in Colorado on the radio and on both cable and over-the-air television.

List of Colorado Rockies head coaches

This is a list of head coaches that have coached the Kansas City Scouts and the Colorado Rockies of the NHL. This list does not include the head coaches of the New Jersey Devils.

Head Coaches of the Kansas City Scouts

Bep Guidolin 1974–75

Bep Guidolin, Sid Abel and Eddie Bush 1975–76Head Coaches of the Colorado Rockies

Johnny Wilson 1976–77

Pat Kelly 1977–78

Pat Kelly and Aldo Guidolin 1978–79

Don Cherry 1979–80

Bill MacMillan 1980–81

Bert Marshall and Marshall Johnston 1981–82

List of Colorado Rockies managers

The Colorado Rockies are members of Major League Baseball (MLB) and based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies have had seven managers since their founding in 1993. The Rockies first manager was Don Baylor, who led the team for six seasons and qualified for the playoffs once. Former manager Clint Hurdle led the franchise in wins and losses; Hurdle led the Rockies to the playoffs in 2007 in which the franchise was defeated in the World Series.

List of Colorado Rockies team records

These are lists of Colorado Rockies records from their inception all the way through the 2018 season.

Todd Helton

Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), runs batted in (RBI, with 1,406), games played (2,247), and total bases (4,292), among others.Each season from 1999–2004, Helton met or exceeded all of the following totals: .320 batting average, 39 doubles, 30 home runs, 107 runs scored, 96 RBI, .577 slugging percentage and .981 on-base plus slugging. In 2000, he won the batting title with a .372 average, and also led MLB with a .698 slugging percentage, 59 doubles, 147 RBI and the National League with 216 hits. Helton amassed his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009, and his 2,500th against the Cincinnati Reds on September 1, 2013.

Walt Weiss

Walter William Weiss (born November 28, 1963) is an American former professional baseball shortstop and manager and coach for the Atlanta Braves. He played in Major League Baseball from 1987 through 2000 for the Oakland Athletics, Florida Marlins, Colorado Rockies, and Atlanta Braves. He managed the Rockies from 2013 through 2016.

Weiss was a member of the 1998 National League All-Star Team. He also won the 1988 Rookie of the Year award.

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