Additional Colorado Rockies Info
During their 21 year existence, the Rockies have enjoyed a little bit, not too much, but a little bit of success. They have never won the National West Division, but they have made the playoffs three times as the Wild Car team- 1995, 1997, and 2009. They won National League Pennant in 2007 following one of the hottest finishes in baseball history and winning the Wild Card in a thrilling one game playoff.
The current version of the Rockies is beginning to see the fruits of the rebuilding over the last half a decade. The Rockies currently sit in second place in the National League West, and are the early favorites to win the Wild Card if they don’t win the division. This is a powerhouse lineup that features Justin Morneau, Michael Cuddyer, Troy Tulowitski, Carlos Gonzalez, and Charlie Blackmon. To this point of the season, Tulowitski is the National League MVP.
Because of their lack of time being around as an organization, the Rockies really do not have a rival. If absolutely pressed to name one, it would be the Giants. This season they are competing with the San Francisco Giants over National League West supremacy and are currently losing the battle to the Giants obscenely good pitching.
The Colorado Rockies had a very bad and uneventful 2015. The Rockies finished the season 68-94, good for last place in the National League West, and tied for the third worst record in the National League overall. Perhaps the most interesting thing to happen to the Rockies in 2015 was trading star shortstop Troy Tulowitski to the Toronto Blue Jays before the trade deadline. It's kind of hard to see this as a surprise, as this move was a long time coming because the Rockies have been expected to move him for years.
The Rockies had a very quiet offseason. Their biggest move was signing outfielder Geraldo Parra to a three-year, 27.5 million dollar contract via free agency. They also signed relievers Jason Motte and Chad Qaulls as well as journeyman Mark Reynolds in the free agent market. The Rockies entered 2016 expecting to have a down season. Surprising though, they were in contention for the playoffs as late as a month ago, but have faded in the dog days of summer. The Rockies currently sit at 66-71, good for third place in the National League West, and are continuing to fade.
One of the youngest teams in baseball, the Colorado Rockies were founded in 1993 at the tail end of the baseball’s personal expansion era, in which they were expanding into big markets where Major League Baseball had never been before. Denver had been a thriving minor league town for a while, so Major League Baseball decided to give it to go. The Monfort Brothers, Charlie and Richard, became the owners of the team when Denver was awarded a franchise in 1991. The Rockies began play in 1993 and played in Mile High Stadium for one season before moving into Coors Field in 1994, which is their home to this day.
The Colorado Rockies are baseball's poster boys for being “middle of the road.” Year after year, they finish in third place, and once again, that happened in 2016. To be more precise, their final win/loss record was 75-87, 12 games back of the second wild card spot. However, these Rockies have a lot of young promise to them, and this off-season, general manager Jeff Bridich went about adding help for that young promising talent. First things first though, they needed a new manager, so he hired the veteran Bud Black for the role. Birdich then went out and made a big splash on the free agent market, adding outfielder/first basemen Ian Desmond on a five-year, 70 million dollar contract. Desmond's hitting style plays well to the peripherals of Coors Field.
In addition, he also added left-handed pitcher Mike Dunn on a three year contract to bolster the bullpen. Also, he signed first baseman Mark Reynolds to a one-year contract for depth. Birdich also added relief pitcher Greg Holland, who was returning from Tommy John surgery, and that is turning out to be the steal of the offseason, as Holland is running away with the saves lead in both leagues so far this season. We will see if the moves can finally help the Rockies get out of the third place rut they are in.
25 years ago, Major League Baseball decided to place a team in Denver. To this point, the results have not been too great. The Rockies have made the postseason just four times in their franchise history, with one World Series appearance back in 2007. The Rockies have never won their division. However, if you have been paying attention to the direction of the club the last few years, you would notice they have built a very good collection of young talent, that is now hitting their prime. Last year, the Rockies made it to the Wild Card spot in the MLB playoffs.
The centerpiece of this talent is the team’s center fielder, Charlie Blackmon, who is the team’s perennial MVP candidate. Blackmon is a very talented defensive outfielder with an elite bat and those do not grow on trees. The man who protects Blackmon in the order is third basemen Nolan Arendano, also an MVP candidate a year ago. In fact, of the two, Arendano has the higher ceiling and is going to win an MVP award one of these years, he is just too talented not to. Then there is the slick-gloved second basemen DJ LeMahieu who hit over .300 a year ago. To top it all off, there is the 23-year-old mega talent David Dahl, who in the second half last year proved himself to be the real deal. Prior to last season, the Rockies fixed their bullpen which was a good one in 2017 and added free agent closer Wade Davis to the mix this offseason. This club has figured out they will never have elite starting pitching, so if they can play defense and have a great bullpen, that is a recipe for long-term success.
The Colorado Rockies are coming off a very good year which saw them finish the regular season with 91 wins, good for second place in the National League West. After defeating the Chicago Cubs in the Wild Card game, they got swept out of the postseason by the red hot Milwaukee Brewers. Still, plenty to be excited about in Colorado as we head into 2019.
In November, the Rockies added left-handed pitcher Chris Rusin as another option for their bullpen in 2019. In December, after sorting out several coaching positions, they added veteran infielder Daniel Murphy on a two-year contract. With the Rockies loaded infield, Murphy will provide a veteran presence off the bench and can essentially play any infield position. To begin 2019, they settled arbitration with right-handed pitcher Chad Bettis, right-handed pitcher Jon Gray, right-handed pitcher Scott Oberg, left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson, shortstop Trevor Story and catcher Tony Wolters. In February they added four players on minor league deals- right-handed pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez, catcher Brett Nicholas, first basemen Mark Reynolds and outfielder Michael Saunders. Their last move of offseason was the most significant. Rather than let Nolan Arenado, probably the best third basemen in the game, test the free agent market next winter, they signed him to an 8-year, 260-million-dollar extension. The Rockies are on the rise. Don’t be surprised if 2019 ends with a parade in downtown Denver.