Introduction to the Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) team based in Denver, Colorado. Founded in 1993, the Rockies are an expansion team that currently plays in the National League West Division. The team is owned by the Monfort brothers, Charlie and Dick, who purchased the team in 1992. The Rockies have played their home games at Coors Field since 1995.
History of the Colorado Rockies
The Colorado Rockies were founded in 1993 as an expansion team, joining the National League. The team was created by a group of investors led by Jerry McMorris, who was the team’s first president and chief executive officer. The Rockies were created to bring Major League Baseball to Denver after the city’s previous team, the Denver Bears, had disbanded in the late 1980s.
The Rockies’ First Season
The Rockies’ first season began in April 1993, with the team playing their first game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium in Queens. The Rockies lost their first game 6-3, but went on to finish the season with a 67-95 record, good for fifth place in the National League West Division. The Rockies’ first home game was played on April 9, 1993, against the Montreal Expos at Mile High Stadium. The Rockies lost that game 3-2, but went on to finish their first season with a 37-44 home record.
The Rockies Make the Playoffs
The Rockies had their first winning season in 1995, finishing the season with a 77-67 record and second place in the National League West Division. They made their first playoff appearance that season, losing to the Atlanta Braves in the National League Division Series. The Rockies did not make the playoffs again until 2007, when they won the National League Wild Card. The Rockies then went on to win their first playoff series in franchise history, defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League Division Series before losing to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.
The Rockies in the 2000s
The 2000s were a tumultuous decade for the Rockies. They suffered through two consecutive losing seasons in 2000 and 2001, and then went on to have a series of mediocre seasons from 2002-2007. The Rockies made the playoffs again in 2009, but were eliminated in the National League Division Series by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Rockies returned to the playoffs in 2017 and 2018, but were eliminated in the Wild Card round both times.
The Rockies in the 2010s
The Rockies had a successful run in the 2010s, making the playoffs four times in five seasons from 2011-2016. The Rockies won the National League Wild Card in 2017 and 2018, but were eliminated in the Wild Card round both times. The Rockies also had their first winning season since 2010 in 2018, finishing the season with an 91-72 record.
The Rockies have had seven managers in franchise history. Don Baylor was the first manager in Rockies history, serving from 1993-1998. Jim Leyland took over in 1999, followed by Buddy Bell in 2000. Clint Hurdle was the manager from 2002-2009, and Jim Tracy from 2009-2012. Walt Weiss was the manager from 2013-2016, followed by Bud Black from 2017-2019. The current manager is Dave Valle, who was hired in 2020.
Rockies Notable Players
The Colorado Rockies have had many notable players in franchise history. Among them are Todd Helton, who spent his entire 17-year career with the Rockies and is the team’s all-time leader in home runs, RBIs and hits; Larry Walker, who was a five-time All-Star and won the National League MVP in 1997; and Troy Tulowitzki, who was a five-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove winner with the Rockies.
The Rockies have had four different uniforms in franchise history. The first uniform, which was used from 1993-1999, featured a purple and black color scheme. This was followed by a black and silver color scheme from 2000-2006. In 2007, the Rockies introduced a new uniform featuring a red and black color scheme. The Rockies have worn this uniform ever since, with slight modifications over the years.
The Colorado Rockies have been playing Major League Baseball since 1993, and have had many successes in their 27-year history. The Rockies have made the playoffs five times, won the National League Wild Card twice, and had their first winning season since 2010 in 2018. The team has had several notable players over the years, such as Todd Helton, Larry Walker and Troy Tulowitzki, and has had four different uniforms since their inception.