Troy Tulowitzki

Troy Trevor Tulowitzki (born October 10, 1984), nicknamed "Tulo", is an American professional baseball shortstop for the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Colorado Rockies and Toronto Blue Jays.

After playing college baseball for California State University, Long Beach, the Rockies selected Tulowitzki with the seventh overall selection of the 2005 MLB Draft. He made his MLB debut the following year. Tulowitzki is a five-time MLB All-Star, a two-time Gold Glove Award winner, and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. The Rockies traded Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays in 2015. He missed most of the 2017 season and all of the 2018 season with injuries, and the Blue Jays released him after the 2018 season.

Tulowitzki's arm, range and instincts at shortstop are highly regarded. Furthermore, his size, ability and leadership skills have garnered him comparisons to Cal Ripken, Jr., Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter.[1][2] In spite of his talent, he has gained a reputation for being an injury-prone player, having played at least 140 games in a season only three times and missing at least 30 games in each of the last six seasons due to various ailments.[3]

Troy Tulowitzki
Troy Tulowitzki At Bat (25411527464)
Tulowitzki with the Toronto Blue Jays
New York Yankees – No. 12
Born: October 10, 1984 (age 34)
Santa Clara, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 30, 2006, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through March 30, 2019)
Batting average.290
Home runs225
Runs batted in780
Career highlights and awards

Amateur career

Tulowitzki graduated from Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California.[4] He earned four varsity letters in baseball and two in basketball. He was twice named second team All-State in baseball, and was a three-time team most valuable player (MVP). As a junior, Tulowitzki had a batting average of .536. He also had a 15–1 win-loss record as a pitcher. In his senior year, he batted .519 with six home runs. In basketball, Tulowitzki won league MVP, and was second team All-State and team MVP, averaging 22.6 points per game during his senior year. He was named Fremont High Athlete of the Year in 2002.[4]

After high school, Tulowitzki enrolled at California State University, Long Beach, where he played college baseball for the Long Beach State Dirtbags for three seasons. Tulowitzki had a .962 career fielding percentage. Offensively, in 155 career games, he had a batting average of .310, with 20 home runs, 117 runs batted in (RBIs), 37 doubles, and a .491 slugging percentage.[5][6] He also accumulated 31 multi-hit games in his collegiate career. Baseball America rated him as having the top arm and as the best defensive shortstop in the Big West Conference. Tulowitzki was a two-time All-Big West selection (second team in 2003 and first team in 2004) and a two-time All-Regional Tournament selection, earning Most Outstanding Player (MOP) honors in 2004. In 2004, he was selected for the United States collegiate national team and helped lead Team USA to a gold medal in the World University Baseball Championship.[7]

Professional career

Colorado Rockies

Minor League Baseball

The Colorado Rockies chose Tulowitzki with the seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft.[8] He received a $2.3 million signing bonus from the Rockies.[9] He made his professional debut with the Modesto Nuts of the Class A-Advanced California League in 2005, and batted. 266 in 22 games.[10] In 2006, Tulowitzki played for the Tulsa Drillers of the Class AA Texas League. He had a .291 batting average, 13 home runs, and 61 RBIs in 104 games. Though he had a knee injury in June, he appeared in the 2006 All-Star Futures Game.[9]


The Rockies promoted Tulowitzki to the major leagues on August 30, 2006.[9] He made his major league debut that day against the New York Mets.[11] He had four at-bats and went hitless with three strikeouts. Tulowitzki made it to the big leagues after playing just 126 minor league games. He collected his first Major League hit, an infield single off Óliver Pérez of the Mets, on August 31.[12] Tulowitzki hit his first MLB home run on September 4, off Woody Williams of the San Diego Padres, in a 7–5 loss.[13] He posted a .240 batting average with one home run and six RBIs in 25 games during the 2006 season.[8]

Tulowitzki entered spring training prior to the 2007 season competing with incumbent Rockies shortstop Clint Barmes for the starting role. After a spring that saw Tulowitzki win the team's spring training MVP award, along with Barmes struggling offensively, Tulowitzki began the season as the Rockies' starting shortstop.[14] On April 29, 2007, Tulowitzki turned the 13th unassisted triple play in MLB history, during a 9–7 home victory at Coors Field over the Atlanta Braves.[15][16][17]

As a rookie, Tulowitzki established himself as a Gold Glove-caliber shortstop.[18][19][20] He led all MLB shortstops in fielding percentage (.987), putouts (262), total chances (834), assists (561), and double plays turned (114; two more than Jack Wilson, in 233 more innings). He also ranked first in range factor (5.39) and second in zone rating (.866). Tulowitzki's .987 fielding percentage set an MLB-single season record by a rookie shortstop.[21] He was also a major contributor in the Rockies' MLB-record .98925 fielding percentage for one season.[19] Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins won the Gold Glove Award, despite the fact that Tulowitzki had a better fielding percentage (.987 to .985), zone rating, and range factor, and more total chances, putouts, and assists, and turned four more double plays, in ​66 13 fewer innings, than Rollins. They each had 11 errors, but Tulowitzki's came on 834 total chances, compared to Rollins' 717.[22] Tulowitzki did, however, win the Fielding Bible Award at shortstop, which is awarded to the shortstop who a panel of national sports writers, scouts, and sports radio talk show hosts view as the best defensive shortstop in Major League Baseball.[23]

Troy Tulowitzki about to field his position (shortstop)

Tulowitzki was named the NL Rookie of the Month for August.[24] On September 10, 2007, Tulowitzki hit his 20th home run of the season, which set the record for most home runs in a single season by a National League rookie shortstop.[25] The previous record was 19, held by Ernie Banks. Tulowitzki hit his first career grand slam on September 29, 2007, in an 11–1 home win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, off of Dustin Nippert.[14][26] He ended with 24 home runs on the season.

In the 2007 season, Tulowitzki ranked first among NL rookies in at bats (609), plate appearances (678), games (155), hits (177), doubles (33), runs (104), total bases (292), walks (57) and RBIs (99; two ahead of Ryan Braun, in 158 more at bats than Braun). Tulowitzki's 99 RBIs led all National League shortstops (he was three short of a tie for the MLB lead, held by Detroit Tigers shortstop Carlos Guillén). He set an MLB-single season record in RBIs for a rookie shortstop.[21] He finished second behind Braun in OBP (.359). He was third behind Braun and Hunter Pence in batting average (.291), slugging percentage (.479), OPS (.838) and triples (5). Tulowitzki was also third behind Braun and Chris Young in home runs (24) and extra base hits (62), and tied for ninth in stolen bases (7).

Tulowitzki tied Young, Rajai Davis and Norris Hopper for the lead among all NL rookies in caught stealing (6), was second to Carlos Ruiz in grounding into double plays (14, which was one more – with 158 more at bats – than third place Braun) and second behind Young in strikeouts (130; leading all NL shortstops). However, Tulowitzki had the third lowest strikeout ratio (21.3%) out of all rookies with at least 400 at-bats, behind Kevin Kouzmanoff (19.4%) and Pence (20.8%). He batted .320 with a .554 slugging percentage and 15 home runs at mile-high Coors Field, but hit only .256 with a .393 slugging percentage and nine home runs in away games. However, one of the reasons for any substantial differences in home and road splits for Rockies batters is that they have to make adjustments in how they see pitches away from Coors Field – particularly breaking balls, such as sliders and curve balls – since those pitches act differently at Coors Field than on the road.[27]

Team veterans alerted Tulowitzki every time Braun, his chief rival for rookie of the year honors, hit a home run.[28]

Tulowitzki came in second in the race for National League Rookie of the Year. The award was voted on by 32 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, two from each National League city. Braun beat Tulowitzki, 128 points to 126 points, which was the closest voting in the NL since the current system was adopted in 1980.[29] Tulowitzki also lost to Braun in the vote for the 2007 NL Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award, which was voted on by 488 major league players and 30 managers.[30][31] He lost out to Braun for the 2007 Baseball America Rookie of the Year Award,[32] in the vote for the 2007 Players Choice NL Most Outstanding Rookie by their fellow major league players,[33] Fans voted Tulowitzki the This Year in Baseball Rookie of the Year, with 27.6% of the vote, ahead of Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia (26.3%) and Braun (22.3%).[34] Tulowitzki was selected to the 2007 Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.[35]

Tulowitzki catching a pop-up in game four of the 2007 World Series

On October 1, 2007, in the one-game Wild Card tie-breaker against the San Diego Padres, Tulowitzki went 4-for-7 with three extra-base hits and scored the tying run in the bottom of the 13th inning. The Rockies won the game, 9–8, and entered the playoffs as the NL wild card team.[36] They faced the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series. On October 4, 2007, in the second game of the series, Tulowitzki and left fielder Matt Holliday hit back-to-back first-pitch homers in the first inning to begin a 10–5 win, and the Rockies headed to Denver with a 2–0 lead in the series.[37] The Rockies went on to complete a three-game sweep of the Phillies, and advanced to the National League Championship Series, in which they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games. Colorado then played the Boston Red Sox in the World Series, which was the first ever World Series appearance in Rockies history. Boston swept Colorado in four games. Tulowitzki batted .195 in the postseason, with a .267 on-base percentage and 15 strikeouts in 41 at-bats.[38]

On January 23, 2008, Tulowitzki signed a six-year, $31-million contract extension with the Rockies.[39] The deal, which also included a club option for 2014, was the largest-ever contract for a player with less than two years experience until Ryan Braun signed an eight-year, $45-million contract extension with the Brewers on May 15, 2008.[40]

On April 29, 2008, in a 3–2 road win over the San Francisco Giants, Tulowitzki tore a left quadriceps tendon during a defensive play in the first inning.[41] He returned to the Rockies, starting at shortstop, on June 20, in a 7–2 home loss against the New York Mets.[42] On July 5, 2008, Tulowitzki went back on the disabled list after cutting his right palm in the previous day's 18–17 home win over the Florida Marlins. The injury occurred in the bottom of the seventh inning when Tulowitzki slammed a maple bat into the ground in frustration. The incident took place after he was taken out of the game in that same inning; however, he noted that the frustration leading up to his injury wasn't due to being taken out, saying, "I was a little bit frustrated, not at the move. If anything, I thought it was the right move. I came in the hallway, grabbed a bat, hit it on the ground and the bat exploded in my hand and cut open my palm running up to my index finger."[43] The cut required 16 stitches, but no damage was done to any tendons or nerves. Tulowitzki returned to the Rockies lineup, starting at shortstop, on July 21, 2008, in a 16–10 home loss against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[44] He recorded a career-high five hits during the game, as he went 5-for-5 with one RBI.[45] After returning on July 21 he has had six multi-hit games in his past eight games. In 38 games prior to July 21, Tulowitzki had six multi-hit games.[46] Tulowitzki ended the 2008 season with a .263 batting average, eight home runs, and 46 RBIs in 101 games.[8]


On August 10, 2009, Tulowitzki hit for the cycle as part of an 11–5 home win over the Chicago Cubs.[47] He also had a career-high seven RBIs, which tied for the third-most RBIs in MLB history in a game for a player who hit for the cycle. Tulowitzki became the fifth Rockies player to hit for the cycle. He also was the second player in MLB history to hit for the cycle and record an unassisted triple play in a career. Tulowitzki hit a career-high 32 home runs during the season and had a .552 slugging percentage, both of which led all MLB shortstops. He was second in RBIs (92), triples (9), walks (73) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.930).[48] He finished fifth in voting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America for National League MVP.[49]

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Tulowitzki with the Rockies in 2010

On June 17, 2010, Tulowitzki fractured his wrist after being hit by a pitch from Minnesota Twins reliever Alex Burnett. He was placed on the disabled list the following day.[50]

On July 4, 2010, Tulowitzki was one of two Rockies, along with starting pitcher Ubaldo Jiménez, selected as a National League All-Star to play in the 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. It was Tulowitzki's first All-Star appearance, but due to being on the disabled list since June 18 with a fractured wrist, he was replaced by New York Mets shortstop José Reyes.[51] In September, Tulowitzki hit 14 home runs from September 3 through the 18th, garnering him back-to-back NL Player of the Week honors for September 6–12 and 13–19.[52] He also earned his first National League Player of the Month award for his efforts during the month of September, in which he led all MLB players with 15 home runs, 40 RBI, 30 runs scored and an .800 slugging percentage.[53] Only Babe Ruth had just as many or more home runs (17) and RBIs (43) during that month in MLB history.[54]

Tulowitzki finished the 2010 season leading all MLB shortstops in home runs (27), RBIs (95), batting average (.315), on-base percentage (.381), slugging percentage (.568) and on-base plus slugging percentage (.949).[8] He placed fifth in voting for National League MVP for the second consecutive season.[49][55] Tulowitzki picked up his first Silver Slugger Award for his offensive prowess.[54] On the defensive side, he had the best fielding percentage (.984) and range factor (5.06) among all shortstops in the National League. He earned his second Fielding Bible Award and first Gold Glove at shortstop.[56][57] He was also ESPN's 2010 Web Gem champion.[58]

On November 29, 2010, Tulowitzki agreed to sign a six-year extension on top of the three years, with a fourth option year, remaining on his contract. The six-year extension was worth around $120 million, making it the second-largest contract ever signed by a Rockies player (behind Todd Helton's nine-year $141.5 million contract).[59]

Tulowitzki was elected by his fellow players as a National League reserve for the 2011 All-Star Game in Phoenix, Arizona, but after an injury to starter José Reyes (who was chosen by fans), Tulowitzki became the NL's starting shortstop. He had one hit during the game, which was a single. Tulowitzki won his second consecutive (third overall) Fielding Bible Award, as the best fielding shortstop in MLB.[60] He also received his second consecutive Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award.[61][62]


On April 1, 2012, during a spring training game against the Cleveland Indians, Tulowitzki was hit by a pitch on the arm by former teammate Ubaldo Jiménez. Both Tulowitzki and Jiménez came close to each other while the benches cleared. Jiménez received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine. As the season progressed, Tulowitzki required surgery on his left groin, which ended his season. The injury happened on May 30, during a doubleheader with the Houston Astros. He was limited to 47 games, in which he batted .287 with eight home runs and 27 RBIs.[8]

On June 13, 2013, Tulowitzki suffered a fractured right rib in a 5–4 loss to the Nationals. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list and missed 25 games. Despite the injury, Tulowitzki was selected for the 2013 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Teammates Carlos González and Michael Cuddyer were also selected, and all three players were in the starting lineup for the National League. Tulowitzki hit .312 in 126 games in 2013, with 25 home runs and 82 RBIs.[8]

Tulowitzki started 2014 by batting .364 in April with seven home runs, nine doubles, and 22 RBIs. His hot start earned him the NL Player of the Month honors for April. On May 3, Tulowitzki singled for his 1,000th career hit in a game against the New York Mets. He injured his left hip during a July 20 game, and underwent labral repair surgery on August 15, which ended his season.[63] Tulowitzki finished the campaign with a .340 batting average in 91 games played. Despite his injury shortened season, he hit 21 home runs and 58 RBI.[8]

Tulowitzki made his fifth All-Star team in 2015 as a replacement for the injured Dee Gordon.[64] He batted .300 with 12 home runs and 53 RBIs in 87 game with the Rockies before being traded.[8]

Toronto Blue Jays

Rest of 2015

Tulo Swinging 2016
Tulowitzki about to hit a pitch during Spring Training 2016.

On July 28, 2015, Tulowitzki was traded, along with teammate LaTroy Hawkins, to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for José Reyes, Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesús Tinoco.[65] Upon being informed of the trade during the middle of the ninth inning of a game at the Chicago Cubs, as Blue Jays and Rockies management had kept negotiations secret from the media, Tulowitzki reportedly yelled at Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and vowed never to speak to him or other members of the Rockies front office.[66] Tulowitzki expressed mixed emotions about the trade, but stated, "I get the chance to play for a contender, and maybe this will revive my career a little bit."[67]

Tulowitzki made his debut with the Blue Jays on July 29, and went 3-for-5 with a home run, two doubles, three RBIs and three runs scored.[68] During a game against the New York Yankees on September 12, Tulowitzki collided with teammate Kevin Pillar while backpedaling to catch a fly ball in centerfield, and had to leave the game. He was expected to be out for a minimum of 2-3 weeks due to a cracked shoulder blade.[69] Tulowitzki returned to the lineup shortly before the end of the season after missing 18 games, and in total, appeared in 41 games for the Blue Jays in 2015, batting .239 with five home runs and 17 RBIs.[8] He played in all 5 games of the 2015 American League Division Series, batting .095 with one home run and four RBIs.[8] In the third game of the 2015 American League Championship Series, Tulowitzki hit a three-run home run and was later ejected, becoming the first American League player to be ejected from a postseason game since Dwight Gooden in 1998.[70] The Blue Jays won the game, 11–8.[71] The Jays later lost to the future World Series champion Kansas City Royals in six games.


On May 13, 2016, Tulowitzki hit his 200th career home run in a win over the Texas Rangers.[72] On May 28, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to a right quad strain.[73] He was reactivated on June 18, having missed 20 games due to the injury.[74] Tulowitzki struggled in 2016, batting a career low .254 in 131 games, though he also hit 24 home runs with 79 RBIs.

Tulowitzki was placed on the 10-day disabled list on April 22, 2017 after suffering a hamstring injury.[75] He returned to the lineup on May 26 after missing 31 games.[76] On July 29, Tulowitzki was placed back on the disabled list with a sprained right ankle, which he injured running to first base.[77] He was later diagnosed with ligament damage.[78] On August 9, he was moved to the 60-day disabled list, ruling him out for the season. In 66 games, Tulowitzki hit .249 with seven home runs and 26 RBIs.[79]

Early in 2018 spring training, it was announced that Tulowitzki had a bone spur in his right ankle, and that he would miss the start of the Grapefruit League season.[80] On March 4, John Gibbons stated Tulowitzki was unlikely to be ready for Opening Day.[81] Tulowitzki did not appear in any spring training games, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list to begin the year. On March 30, it was announced that his bone spurs required surgery.[82] He missed the entire 2018 season. On December 11, 2018, Tulowitzki was released by the Blue Jays.[83] The Blue Jays still owe $38 million on the two remaining years of Tulowitzki's contract.[84]

New York Yankees

On January 4, 2019, Tulowitzki signed a one year contract with the New York Yankees.[85] The Yankees will pay Tulowitzki the major league minimum salary for 2019 ($555,000), and the contract includes a no-trade clause.[86] He won the starting shortstop job with the Yankees, with Didi Gregorius injured for the start of the season.[87] After playing in five games to begin the season, he went on the IL with a left calf strain.[88] On June 7, he was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.

Personal life

Tulowitzki is of Polish descent,[89] and was born in Santa Clara, California.[90] Tulowitzki attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, California. He played Little League baseball with Sunnyvale National. Tulowitzki has a sister, Tiffany, who plays softball, and a brother, Tyler, who played baseball for San Francisco State University.[91]

Tulowitzki's favorite players growing up were Nomar Garciaparra and Derek Jeter. His jersey number in college was No. 5, due to his admiration of Garciaparra, and his jersey number with the Rockies and Blue Jays was No. 2, due to his admiration of Jeter.[92] In a television interview with ESPN, Tulowitzki stated that his favorite team growing up was the Oakland Athletics and that his favorite musical artist is Jay-Z.

In November 2009, Tulowitzki married his high school sweetheart, Danyll Gammon, in Portola Valley, California.[93] In January 2014, the Tulowitzkis became parents to a son, Taz.[94]

Awards and honors

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2007 National League Division Series

The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 2007 National League playoffs, began on Wednesday, October 3 and ended on Saturday, October 6, with the champions of the three NL divisions and one wild card team participating in two best-of-five series. They were:

(1) Arizona Diamondbacks (Western Division champions, 90–72) vs. (3) Chicago Cubs (Central Division champions, 85–77): Diamondbacks win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (Eastern Division champions, 89–73) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 90–73): Rockies win series, 3–0.Colorado earned the wild card after winning a one-game playoff with San Diego. Although the division winner with the best record normally plays the wild card team, the Diamondbacks played the Cubs, rather than the wild card Rockies, because the league did not pair teams from the same division against each other in the division series.

Both series represented the first time the opponents had met in the postseason, and the Rockies' victory was their first in any postseason series. The Diamondbacks and the Rockies met in the NL Championship Series, with the Rockies becoming the National League champion and going on to face the American League champion in the 2007 World Series. This was the first time under the expanded playoffs format first used in 1995 that two teams from the National League's Western Division had played against one another in the NLCS.

2009 National League Division Series

The 2009 National League Division Series (NLDS) consisted of two concurrent best-of-five game series that determined the participating teams in the 2009 National League Championship Series. Three divisional winners and a "wild card" team played in the two series. The NLDS began on Wednesday, October 7 and ended on Monday, October 12. TBS televised all games in the United States. The matchups were:

(1) Los Angeles Dodgers (West Division champions, 95–67) vs. (3) St. Louis Cardinals (Central Division champions, 91–71): Dodgers win series, 3–0.

(2) Philadelphia Phillies (East Division champions, 93–69) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card qualifier, 92–70): Phillies win series, 3–1.This marked the second postseason meeting between the Phillies and Rockies in three seasons; the Rockies swept the Phillies in the 2007 NLDS. The Dodgers and Cardinals last met in the postseason during the 2004 NLDS, which the Cardinals won 3–1.

The Dodgers and Phillies won their respective series—the Dodgers three games to none and the Phillies three games to one. The Phillies defeated the Dodgers in the NLCS by a series score of 4–1, and lost the 2009 World Series to the New York Yankees, 4–2.

2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2014 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby (known through sponsorship as the Gillette Home Run Derby) was a home run hitting contest in Major League Baseball (MLB) between five batters each from the American League and National League. The derby was held on July 14, 2014, at the site of the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Yoenis Céspedes was the winner, repeating his winning performance in 2013 to join Ken Griffey Jr. as the only players to win consecutive Home Run Derbies.In June, MLB named José Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays and Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies the Home Run Derby captains. On July 8, 2014, the captains each made their first three picks, while saving their final pick for July 10. Tulowitzki selected Todd Frazier of the Cincinnati Reds, Yasiel Puig of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins, and would later select his teammate Justin Morneau who played in Minnesota for ten seasons. Bautista selected defending home run derby champion Céspedes of the Oakland Athletics, Brian Dozier of the Minnesota Twins, and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles, and added Oakland's Josh Donaldson as his fifth AL selection.

2015 American League Championship Series

The 2015 American League Championship Series (ALCS) was a best-of-seven playoff contested between the Toronto Blue Jays and Kansas City Royals for the American League (AL) pennant and the right to play in the 2015 World Series. The series is the 46th in league history. The series was broadcast by Fox and Fox Sports 1 in the United States, with Fox airing Game 1 and Fox Sports 1 airing Games 2–6. Sportsnet, a property of Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, simulcast Fox and Fox Sports 1's coverage in Canada. Game 1 took place on October 16, and the series ended with the Royals winning Game 6 on October 23.This was the second ALCS matchup between Kansas City and Toronto; the Royals previously rallied from a 3–1 deficit to defeat the Blue Jays in seven games in the 1985 ALCS.

The Royals would go on to defeat the New York Mets in the World Series in five games, winning their first World Series championship in 30 years.

2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 86th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game was played at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, July 14. It was televised nationally on Fox. The American League All-Stars defeated the National League All-Stars by a score of 6–3.

On January 21, 2013, then-Major League Baseball (MLB) Commissioner Bud Selig, announced the 2015 All-Star Game would be hosted by the Cincinnati Reds. This was the first time the city of Cincinnati has hosted the All-Star Game since the 1988 All-Star Game was played at Riverfront Stadium.On July 15, 2014, Selig also announced that Pete Rose would not be prohibited from participating in the 2015 All-Star Game ceremonies. Rose was an All-Star for 13 of the 19 seasons he played on the Reds and was a member of the Big Red Machine. In 1991, Rose was permanently banned from MLB for baseball betting. Rose, wearing a red sport coat, appeared on the field in front of the pitcher's mound before the game and received a standing ovation alongside former teammates Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, and Joe Morgan.

On May 12, 2015, the Reds announced that Todd Frazier would serve as the 2015 All-Star Game spokesperson.Mike Trout, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was named the 2015 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player for the second straight year.

2016 American League Division Series

The 2016 American League Division Series (ALDS) were two best-of-five game series to determine the participating teams in the 2016 American League Championship Series of Major League Baseball. The three divisional winners (seeded 1-3) and the winner of a one-game Wild Card playoff played in two series. The divisional winners were the Texas Rangers in the American League West with the first seed by virtue of having the best record in the American League, the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central with the second seed, and the Boston Red Sox in the American League East with the third seed. The Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game, earning the fourth seed.

The top two seeds had home-field advantage, and the top seed was matched against the lowest seed. The matchups were:

(1) Texas Rangers (West Division champions) versus (4) Toronto Blue Jays (Wild Card Winner)

(2) Cleveland Indians (Central Division champions) versus (3) Boston Red Sox (East Division champions)TBS televised all the games in the United States, with Sportsnet, a property of Toronto Blue Jays owner Rogers Communications, airing the games in Canada using the TBS feeds. The Blue Jays and Indians both swept their respective opponents in three games to advance to the ALCS.

2016 Toronto Blue Jays season

The 2016 Toronto Blue Jays season was the 40th season of the franchise in the American League East division of Major League Baseball, and the 27th full season of play (28th overall) at Rogers Centre. They advanced to the playoffs where they defeated the Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Card Game and the Texas Rangers in the Division Series, before losing to the Cleveland Indians in five games in the American League Championship Series.

Chris Nelson (baseball)

Christopher Lars Nelson (born September 3, 1985) is an American former professional baseball infielder. Nelson has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies from 2010 through 2013, New York Yankees in 2013, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 and the San Diego Padres in 2014.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado and former NHL team. 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.

Dan O'Dowd

Dan O'Dowd (born September 6, 1959) was the General Manager of the Colorado Rockies from September 20, 1999 to October 8, 2014. Before being hired by the Rockies, he spent 15 years working for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, working his way from Accounts Manager to Director of Baseball Operations / Assistant General Manager.

Defensive Runs Saved

Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) is a baseball statistic that measures the number of runs a player saved or cost his team on defense relative to an average player. Any positive number is above average, and the best fielders typically fall into a range of 15–20 for a season. The statistic was developed by Baseball Info Solutions and the data used in calculating it first became available in 2003.As of the end of the 2017 Major League Baseball season, the record for most Defensive Runs Saved in a single season was held by center fielder Kevin Kiermaier, who saved 42 runs in 2015. Matt Kemp set the record for fewest Defensive Runs Saved in a season when he cost the Los Angeles Dodgers 33 runs as a center fielder in 2010. Third baseman Adrián Beltré has the most Defensive Runs Saved in a career with 212. Former New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has the distinction of being the worst fielder ever measured by DRS; he accumulated -152 Defensive Runs Saved between 2003 and the end of his career.Fielding percentage is the statistic that has traditionally been used to measure defensive ability, but it fails to account of a fielder's range. Fielders with ample range on defense are able to make plays that most players would not have the chance to make. Defensive Runs Saved was created to take into account range when measuring a player's defensive ability. The table below shows a comparison between the top 10 shortstops in terms of fielding percentage and the top 10 shortstops in terms of defensive runs saved from 2002 to 2017. The table shows that only three players appear on both lists, exemplifying that there is a difference in what the two statistics measure.To calculate Defensive Runs Saved, for each ball hit, points are either added or subtracted to the fielder's rating depending on whether or not they make the play. For example, if a ball hit to the center fielder is expected to be caught 30 percent of the time, and it is caught, the fielder gains 0.7 points. If the center fielder does not catch the ball, he loses 0.3 points.

Doug Bernier

Douglas Howell Bernier (born June 24, 1980) is an American professional baseball infielder who is currently a free agent. He is an alumnus of Oral Roberts University. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies and Minnesota Twins.

Fielding Bible Award

A Fielding Bible Award recognizes the best defensive player for each fielding position in Major League Baseball (MLB) based on statistical analysis. John Dewan and Baseball Info Solutions conduct the annual selection process, which commenced in 2006. The awards are voted on by 10 sabermetrically inclined journalists and bloggers including Dewan, sabermetric pioneer Bill James, and writers such as Peter Gammons, NBC Sports' Joe Posnanski, SB Nation editor Rob Neyer, and ESPN analyst Doug Glanville. The awards have historically been announced before the Gold Glove Awards, the traditional measurement of fielding excellence. Dewan wrote that this award cannot equal the prestige of the Gold Glove, which started 50 years earlier, but it provides an alternative.

History of the Colorado Rockies

The History of the Colorado Rockies began in 1991 when a Major League Baseball (MLB) expansion franchise for Denver, Colorado was granted to an ownership group headed by John Antonucci. In 1993, the Colorado Rockies started play in the National League (NL) West division. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the MLB postseason four 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 all the way to the World Series, only to be swept by the Boston Red Sox.

Jeff Hoffman

Jeffrey Robert Hoffman (born January 8, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball for the East Carolina Pirates of East Carolina University.

Named the best prospect in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2013, he was expected to be among the top selections in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. The Toronto Blue Jays drafted him with the ninth overall selection. He was traded to the Rockies in the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays in July 2015, and made his major league debut on August 20, 2016.

Jesús Tinoco

Jesús Tinoco (born April 30, 1995) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

John Hirschbeck

John Francis Hirschbeck (born September 7, 1954) is a former umpire for Major League Baseball. He worked in the American League from 1984 to 1999 and worked in both leagues from 2000 to 2016. He was a crew chief at the time of his retirement, and wore uniform number 17 throughout his career. Hirschbeck announced his retirement following the 2016 season. In 2000, Hirschbeck was elected as the first president of the newly certified World Umpires Association, a position he held until 2009.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Awards and achievements
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Francisco Liriano
This Year in Baseball Rookie of the Year
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Evan Longoria
Preceded by
Ryan Braun
National League Rookie of the Month
August 2007
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James Loney
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Melky Cabrera
Hitting for the cycle
August 10, 2009
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Félix Pie
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