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The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. They are currently members of Major League Baseball (MLB)'s National League (NL) West division. Their home venue is Coors Field. Their current manager is Walt Weiss. The Rockies have won one National League championship (2007). They mounted a 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. They are one of two MLB franchises to have never won a division title (the other team are the Rockies' expansion brethren, the Miami Marlins).

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 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 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 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 (Jay Stein & David Eskenazi), and Dick and Charlie Monfort [3]
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.

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame

Colorado Sports Hall of Fame — Colorado Rockies
No. Name Position(s) Seasons Notes
Jerry McMorris Owner 1992–2005
14 Andres Gallaraga 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

DHLHometown 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]

ToddHelton 1B RetiredAugust 17, 2014
JackieRobinson All MLB HonoredApril 15, 1997
KeliMcGregor President HonoredSeptember 28, 2010

Current roster

Colorado Rockies roster
Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers Starting rotation

Bullpen

Closer

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Pitchers

Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

60-day disabled list

25 active, 15 inactive

7- or 15-day disabled list dagger Suspended list # Personal leave and updated July 5, 2016•→ All MLB rosters

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 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, Ryan Spilborghs, Jason Hirsh and Cory Sullivan handling the pre-game and post-game shows.

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