MLB - NL WEST
Arena: Coors Field
Manager: Bud Black
2022-2023 TEAM LEADERS
The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball team that competes in the National League Western Division. They have played their games at Coors Field in Denver since 1995. However, they played their first two seasons as an expansion franchise from 1993-1994 at Mile High Stadium while Coors Field was under construction.
The Rockies have made five postseason appearances despite never winning a division title. Colorado earned their postseason berths via the Wild Card in 1995, 2007, 2009, 2017, and 2018. The Rockies won their first and only National League Pennant during the 2007 campaign but fell short in the World Series.
The Rockies’ color scheme consists of purple, black, and silver.
The Rockies have a winning percentage of .470 since joining the league in 1993. They have enjoyed several successful seasons, but overall are still waiting for a true dynasty to emerge.
Colorado Rockies History
The Rockies did not come into existence until the ‘93 season. But it was in 1985 that Major League Baseball decided that they would look into adding at least two expansion teams in the National League.
The Rockies set an attendance record of over 80,000 fans in their 1993 home opener. They would finish the season with a total attendance of over four million, which broke the single-season attendance record.
The Rockies made their first postseason appearance by clinching the Wild Card during the 1995 season. Since then, they have clinched four more postseason appearances via the Wild Card but have yet to win a World Series.
2022 Key Stats
The Rockies traded star third baseman Nolan Arenado prior to the 2021 season, and shortstop Trevor Story entered free agency following the conclusion of the 2021 campaign.
The team is in clear rebuilding mode after finishing fourth in the NL West in 2021.
The team still features some young talent, but they seem to be a long way away from winning as we head into 2022.
Colorado Rockies World Series Appearances
The Rockies finished the 2007 season with 90 wins, which led to a second-place finish in the NL West. However, throughout the usual 162 game slate, Colorado had 89 wins which were tied for the Wild Card spot with the San Diego Padres.
Before there were two Wild Card spots, the Rockies and Padres had to play a Game 163 to decide who would be headed to the postseason.
Colorado won a 9-8 thriller against San Diego at Coors Field to advance to the playoffs.
The Rockies then swept the Phillies in the NLDS and the Diamondbacks in the NLCS to clinch their first-ever NL Pennant. Many people around the baseball world felt as if the Rockies were bound to win the Fall Classic, given their scorching hot performance leading up to the World Series.
However, they were ultimately swept by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series in an overall disappointing effort. Nonetheless, this was the most successful season in the franchise’s history.
Important Team Events
The Rockies’ move to Coors Field in 1995 provided them with a brand new field. They went on to make their first-ever postseason appearance during that season.
The Rockies won 20 out of their final 21 games to conclude the 2007 season. It was truly a magical season in Colorado as they went on to clinch their first-ever NL Pennant.
Colorado clinched back-to-back Wild Card berths from 2017-2018. This was the first time in franchise history that the Rockies made the postseason in consecutive seasons.
While 2017 was the most successful campaign the Rockies have ever had, the 2017-2018 Rockies arguably had the best overall talent the organization has ever seen.
The Best Rockies Players
Larry Walker is arguably the best Rockies player of all time. He was a part of the organization from 1995-2004, making four all-star teams while averaging 25 home runs per season during his time with the team. He won the 1997 NL MVP with a jaw-dropping .366 batting average to go along with 49 home runs and 33 stolen bases.
Todd Helton spent 1997-2013 donning the Rockies uniform. Helton was a consistent .300 hitter who played impressive defense at first base. Helton was a career-long Rockie player and made five all-star teams as a member of the Rockies.
Helton is widely regarded as the face of the franchise for the Rockies organization. He spent his entire career patrolling first base for the team while enduring a number of losing seasons. Helton was a picture of loyalty and professionalism.
Nolan Arenado is the most recent true superstar in Colorado Rockies history. Arenado was arguably the best defender in baseball with strong offensive numbers. Arenado was a five-time all-star in Colorado and won eight gold gloves during his eight-year span with the team.
He added one more in 2021 with the St. Louis Cardinals for good measure.
But Arendao is far more than just a quality defender. He led the league in home runs in three different seasons and finished third in MVP voting during the 2018 campaign. Arenado is also a pillar of stability, as the star third baseman has played more than 155 games in six of his nine MLB seasons.
Clint Hurdle managed the Rockies from 2002-2009. Despite leaving Colorado with a losing record, he led the team to their first and only NL Pennant in 2007.
Current manager Bud Black has coached the team since 2017. During his tenure in Colorado, Black has a .503 winning percentage to go along with two postseason appearances.
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