Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies
2017 Colorado Rockies season
Established in 1993
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Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
NLW-Uniform-COL.PNG
Retired numbers
Colors
              
Name
  • Colorado Rockies (1993-present)
Other nicknames
  • The Rox, The Blake Street Bombers
Ballpark
Major league titles
None
NL Pennants (1) 2007
West Division titles (0) None
Wild card berths (3)
Front office
Owner(s) Monfort brothers
Manager Bud Black
General Manager Jeff Bridich
President of Baseball Operations Jeff Bridich

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 only 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. They are one of two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other team is the Miami Marlins).

History

Denver had long been a hotbed of Denver Bears/Zephyrs Minor League Baseball and many[who?] 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 Western division of the National League. Since that date, the Rockies have reached the Major League Baseball postseason three 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.

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.

Season record

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
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

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

Team records (single-game, single-season, career)

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

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.[5]

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.[6]

Todd
Helton

1B
Retired August 17, 2014
Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Honored April 15, 1997
Keli
McGregor

President
Honored September 28, 2010

Current roster

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Albuquerque, New Mexico
AA Hartford Yard Goats Eastern League Hartford, Connecticut
Advanced A 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 George Frazier form the TV broadcast team with Marc Stout, Jenny Cavnar, Ryan Spilborghs, Jason Hirsh and Cory Sullivan handling the pre-game and post-game shows.

See also

References

  1. ^ "General Club Information" (PDF). 2012 Colorado Rockies Information Guide. Major League Baseball Advanced Media. February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ Harding, Thomas (January 30, 2017). "Rockies outfitted with one shade of purple". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved 2017. 
  3. ^ "Rockies Introduce Purple Mondays Campaign During 'Year of the Fan'" (Press release). Colorado Rockies. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rockies introduce 'Purple Monday' campaign". KKTV. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2016. 
  5. ^ Harding, Thomas (February 6, 2014). "Helton calls No. 17 jersey retirement 'very special'". MLB.com. Retrieved 2015. 
  6. ^ Harding, Thomas (September 28, 2010). "Rox unveil McGregor memorial at Coors Field". MLB.com. Retrieved 2016. 

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