1995 Colorado Rockies season

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1995 Colorado Rockies
NL Wild Card Team
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Jerry McMorris
General manager(s) Bob Gebhard
Manager(s) Don Baylor
Local television KWGN-TV
(Dave Campbell, Charlie Jones)
Local radio KOA (AM)
(Wayne Hagin, Jeff Kingery)
KCUV
(Francisco Gamez, Carlos Bido)
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The Colorado Rockies' 1995 season was the third for the Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise located in Denver, Colorado, their third in the National League, and first at Coors Field. The team competed in the National League West, finishing with a record of 77−76, second in the division. The Rockies simultaneously won the first-ever National League wild card berth in the first season of the revised postseason format and first playoff appearance in franchise history. They faced the eventual World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series (NLDS), who won this first round series in four games, with the Rockies taking game three.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

In his Rockies debut and inaugural game of Coors Field on April 26 versus the New York Mets, Larry Walker doubled three times, including one that tied the score with two outs in the ninth inning.[8] Dante Bichette hit a walk-off home run in the fourteenth inning for an 11−9 win. On May 7, 1995, Walker hit his 100th career home run versus Hideo Nomo of Los Angeles.[8]

The Rockies led the NL in hits (1,406), runs scored (785), triples (43, also the most in the Majors), home runs (200), runs batted in (749), batting average (.282) and slugging percentage (.471). Conversely, they also allowed the most hits (1,443), runs (783), earned runs (711) and produced the fewest shutouts (1).[9][10]

A quartet of Rockies hitters who became known as The Blake Street Bombers, consisting of Bichette, Vinny Castilla, Andrés Galarraga − Walker's former teammate with the Montreal Expos − and Walker, each contributed at least 30 home runs in 1995. The Rockies simultaneously won the first-ever National League wild card berth under the revised postseason format and first playoff appearance in franchise history in just their third season of play. Walker collected three hits in 14 at bats in the National League Division Series (NLDS) versus the Atlanta Braves. He hit his first career postseason home run off Tom Glavine in the sixth inning of a 7−4 Game 2 loss. The Braves defeated the Rockies in four games.[11]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Los Angeles Dodgers 78 66 0.542 39–33 39–33
Colorado Rockies 77 67 0.535 1 44–28 33–39
San Diego Padres 70 74 0.486 8 40–32 30–42
San Francisco Giants 67 77 0.465 11 37–35 30–42


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1995 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 8–4 8–5 9–4 10–3 6–6 5–4 9–4 5–8 7–6 4–2 5–2 7–1 7–5
Chicago 4–8 3–7 6–7 8–4 5–8 7–5 3–5 4–3 6–1 8–5 5–7 5–7 9–4
Cincinnati 5–8 7–3 5–7 6–6 12–1 4–3 8–4 7–5 9–3 8–5 3–6 3–3 8–5
Colorado 4–9 7–6 7–5 5–7 4–4 4–9 7–1 5–4 4–2 8–4 9–4 8–5 5–7
Florida 3–10 4–8 6–6 7–5 8–4 3–7 6–7 7–6 6–7 5–8 3–2 5–3 4–3
Houston 6–6 8–5 1–12 4–4 4–8 3–2 9–3 6–6 5–7 9–4 7–4 5–3 9–4
Los Angeles 4–5 5–7 3–4 9–4 7–3 2–3 7–5 6–6 4–9 9–4 7–6 8–5 7–5
Montreal 4–9 5–3 4–8 1–7 7–6 3–9 5–7 7–6 8–5 4–4 7–5 7–6 4–3
New York 8–5 3–4 5–7 4–5 6–7 6–6 6–6 6–7 7–6 4–3 6–7 5–8 3–4
Philadelphia 6-7 1–6 3–9 2–4 7–6 7–5 9–4 5–8 6–7 6–3 6–6 6–6 5–4
Pittsburgh 2–4 5–8 5–8 4–8 8–5 4–9 4–9 4–4 3–4 3–6 4–8 6–6 6–7
San Diego 2–5 7–5 6–3 4–9 2–3 4–7 6–7 5–7 7–6 6–6 8–4 6–7 7–5
San Francisco 1–7 7–5 3–3 5–8 3–5 3–5 5–8 6–7 8–5 6–6 6–6 7–6 7–6
St. Louis 5–7 4–9 5–8 7–5 3–4 4-9 5–7 3–4 4–3 4–5 7–6 5–7 6–7


Transactions[edit]

  • June 1, 1995: Todd Helton was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 1st round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed July 1, 1995.[12]
  • June 1, 1995: Ben Petrick was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 1995 amateur draft. Player signed August 9, 1995.[13]
  • July 31, 1995: Bret Saberhagen was traded by the New York Mets with a player to be named later to the Colorado Rockies for Juan Acevedo and Arnold Gooch (minors). The New York Mets sent David Swanson (minors) (August 4, 1995) to the Colorado Rockies to complete the trade.[14]

Major League debuts[edit]

  • Batters:
    • Jason Bates (Apr 26)
    • Jorge Brito (Apr 30)
    • Craig Counsell (Sep 17)
    • Quinton McCracken (Sep 17)
  • Pitchers:
    • Roger Bailey (Apr 27)
    • Juan Acevedo (Apr 30)
    • Bryan Rekar (Jul 19) [15]

Roster[edit]

1995 Colorado Rockies
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game log[edit]

Playoffs[edit]

1995 Post-Season

Player stats[edit]

= Indicates team leader

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Joe Girardi 125 462 121 .262 8 55
1B Andrés Galarraga 143 554 155 .280 31 106
2B Eric Young 120 366 116 .317 6 36
SS Walt Weiss 137 427 111 .260 1 25
3B Vinny Castilla 139 527 163 .309 32 90
LF Dante Bichette 139 579 197 .340 40 128
CF Mike Kingery 119 350 94 .269 8 37
RF Larry Walker 131 494 151 .306 36 101

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bates, JasonJason Bates 116 322 86 .267 8 46
Burks, EllisEllis Burks 103 278 74 .266 14 49
Vander Wal, JohnJohn Vander Wal 105 101 35 .347 5 21

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ritz, KevinKevin Ritz 31 173.1 11 11 4.21 120
Swift, BillBill Swift 19 105.2 9 3 4.94 68
Freeman, MarvinMarvin Freeman 22 94.2 3 7 5.89 61
Reynoso, ArmandoArmando Reynoso 20 93.0 7 7 5.32 40
Rekar, BryanBryan Rekar 15 85.0 4 6 4.98 60
Acevedo, JuanJuan Acevedo 17 65.2 4 6 6.44 40

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Grahe, JoeJoe Grahe 17 56.2 4 3 5.08 27
Thompson, MarkMark Thompson 21 51.0 2 3 6.53 30
Painter, LanceLance Painter 33 45.1 3 0 4.37 36
Saberhagen, BretBret Saberhagen 9 43.0 2 1 6.28 29
Ruffin, BruceBruce Ruffin 37 34.0 0 1 2.12 23

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Leskanic, CurtisCurtis Leskanic 76 6 3 10 3.40 107
Reed, SteveSteve Reed 71 5 2 3 2.14 79
Holmes, DarrenDarren Holmes 68 6 1 14 3.24 61
Munoz, MikeMike Munoz 64 2 4 2 7.42 37
Bailey, RogerRoger Bailey 39 7 6 0 4.98 33

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox Pacific Coast League Brad Mills
AA New Haven Ravens Eastern League Paul Zuvella
A Salem Avalanche Carolina League Bill Hayes
A Asheville Tourists South Atlantic League Bill McGuire
A-Short Season Portland Rockies Northwest League P. J. Carey
Rookie AZL Rockies Arizona League Jack Maloof
LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: Colorado Springs[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/j/jonesbo04.shtml
  2. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/g/grahejo01.shtml
  3. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/s/swiftbi02.shtml
  4. ^ "Larry Walker statistics & history". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved May 30, 2017. 
  5. ^ Blum, Ronald (April 12, 1995). "The biggest contract since the end of strike, Larry Walker's 4". Associated Press. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ Chass, Murray (April 9, 1995). "Rockies open their wallet for two stars". The New York Times. Retrieved February 12, 2017. 
  7. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/moorema01.shtml
  8. ^ a b "Larry Walker stats, fantasy & news (Career biography)". MLB.com. Retrieved May 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1995.shtml
  10. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/NL/1995.shtml
  11. ^ Cohen, Alan (December 21, 2015). "Larry Walker". Society of American Baseball Research. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  12. ^ Todd Helton Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  13. ^ http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/p/petribe01.shtml
  14. ^ Bret Saberhagen Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
  15. ^ http://www.baseball-almanac.com/yearly/debut.php?y=1995&l=NL
  16. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd and 3rd editions. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 1997 and 2007