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|2014 Colorado Rockies season|
|Major league affiliations|
|Retired numbers||17 · 42|
|Major league titles|
|World Series titles (0)|
|NL Pennants (1)||2007|
|West Division titles (0)|
|Wild card berths (3)||2009 • 2007 • 1995|
|Owner(s)||Charlie and Dick Monfort|
|General Manager||Dan O'Dowd|
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.
- 1 History
- 2 Controversy surrounding Rockies ownership
- 3 Season record
- 4 Uniform
- 5 Quick facts
- 6 Baseball Hall of Famers
- 7 Individual awards
- 8 Team award
- 9 Team records (single-game, single-season, career)
- 10 Championships
- 11 Retired numbers
- 12 Current roster
- 13 Minor league affiliations
- 14 Radio and television
- 15 See also
- 16 References
- 17 External links
Denver had long been a hotbed of Denver Bears 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. They began play in 1993, sharing Mile High Stadium 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.
Controversy surrounding Rockies ownership
On July 10, 2014, Brian Maass of CBS4 in Denver reported on a series of emails between a longtime Rockies season ticket holder and team co-owner Dick Monfort, in which Monfort, confronted with the disappointing performance of the team, responded that "Maybe Denver doesn't deserve a franchise." This caused an uproar in the Denver community, as local taxpayers paid for Coors Field, where the Rockies play home games, and in spite of the terrible season the team was experiencing, attendance was expected to wind up in the 2.5 million range for the year, well above average for Major League Baseball.
At the start of the 2012 season, the Rockies introduced "Purple Mondays" in which the team wears its purple uniform every Monday game day.
- 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
- Chairman & CEO: Dick Monfort
- President: Vacant
- General Manager: Dan O'Dowd
- 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.
- 1997 – Larry Walker
- 2007 – Matt Holliday
NL Rookie of the Year
- In1998, 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
- Dante Bichette (1995)
- Vinny Castilla (1995, 1997–98)
- Andrés Galarraga (1996)
- Eric Young (1996)
- Ellis Burks (1996)
- Larry Walker (1997, 1999)
- Mike Hampton (2001–02)
- Todd Helton (2000–03)
- Matt Holliday (2006–08)
- Carlos González (2010)
- Troy Tulowitzki (2010–11)
- Michael Cuddyer (2013)
Hank Aaron Award
- 2000 – Todd Helton
Gold Glove Award
- Larry Walker (1997–99, 2001–02)
- Neifi Pérez (2000)
- Todd Helton (2001–02, 2004)
- Carlos González (2010, 2012–13)
- Troy Tulowitzki (2010–11)
- Nolan Arenado (2013)
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
- 2007 – Warren Giles Trophy (National League champion)
- 2007 – Baseball America Organization of the Year
Team records (single-game, single-season, career)
|National League Champions|
St. Louis Cardinals
|National League Wild Card Winners|
Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
Minor league affiliations
|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 Root Sports Rocky Mountain. All 150 games produced by Root Sports Rocky Mountain will be broadcast in HD. Jeff Huson, Drew Goodman and George Frazier form the TV broadcast team with Marc Stout, Jenny Cavnar and Tracy Ringolsby handling the pre-game and post-game shows.
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- Ringolsby, Tracy. "2007's organization of the year: Baseball America award celebrates 'fulfilling' season," Rocky Mountain News; Dec. 4, 2007
- Harding, Thomas. "Helton calls No. 17 jersey retirement 'very special," MLB.com; Feb. 6, 2014
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