Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies
2015 Colorado Rockies season
Established 1993
Team logo Cap insignia
Major league affiliations
Current uniform
Retired numbers 17 · 42
Colors
  • Purple, black, silver, white

                   

Name
  • Colorado Rockies (1993–present)
Other nicknames
  • The Rox
Ballpark
Major league titles
World Series titles (0)
NL Pennants (1) 2007
West Division titles (0)
Wild card berths (3) 2009 • 2007 • 1995
Front office
Owner(s) Charlie and Dick Monfort
Manager Walt Weiss
General Manager Jeff Bridich

The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of the National League (NL) West Division. Their home venue is Coors Field. Their manager is Walt Weiss.

The Colorado Rockies have won one National League championship (2007). They mounted a spirited rally in the last month of the 2007 regular season, winning 21 of their final 22 games, and reached the 2007 World Series. However, they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

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 (they also added the Florida (now Miami) Marlins), an ownership group representing Denver led by John Antonucci and Michael I. Monus were 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 eleventh 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 Zephyrs) with the National Football League's Denver Broncos 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 all the way 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.

Quick facts

Founded: 1991
Began play: 1993 (National League expansion)
Uniform colors: Black, purple, white
Logo design: Purple mountain with baseball
Team mascot: Dinger, a purple anthropomorphized triceratops
Playoff appearances (3): 1995, 2007, 2009
Owners: Linda G. Alvarado (Alvarado Construction, Inc.), Marne Obernauer, Jr. (Beverage Distributors Corp.), Clear Channel Communications, Denver Newspaper Agency, Fox, SAMT Sports 2013 LLC, and Dick and Charlie Monfort[1]
Chairman & CEO: Dick Monfort
President: Vacant
General Manager: Jeff Bridich
Local Television: Root Sports
Spring Training Facility: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale, Arizona (2011–present)

Baseball Hall of Famers

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

Individual awards

NL MVP

NLCS MVP

NL Rookie of the Year

  • In 1998, Todd Helton finished second in Rookie of the Year voting (won by Kerry Wood)
  • 2002 – Jason Jennings
  • In 2007, Troy Tulowitzki finished second in Rookie Of the Year voting (won by Ryan Braun).

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.[3]

Jackie
Robinson

All MLB
Retired April 15, 1997
Todd
Helton

1B
Retired August 17, 2014

Current roster

Minor league affiliations

Level Team League Location
AAA Albuquerque Isotopes Pacific Coast League Albuquerque, New Mexico
AA New Britain Rock Cats Eastern League New Britain, Connecticut
Advanced A Modesto Nuts California League Modesto, 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 will be produced and televised by George Frazier form the TV broadcast team with Marc Stout, Jenny Cavnar and Tracy Ringolsby handling the pre-game and post-game shows.

See also


References

  1. ^ "Front Office | ColoradoRockies.com: Team". Colorado.Rockies.MLB.com. 2014-03-11. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy. "2007's organization of the year: Baseball America award celebrates 'fulfilling' season," Rocky Mountain News; Dec. 4, 2007
  3. ^ Harding, Thomas. "Helton calls No. 17 jersey retirement 'very special," MLB.com; Feb. 6, 2014

External links

  • Official website
  • Minor League Affiliates of the Colorado Rockies
  • Current records and standings