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The Colorado Rockies had a Big Bang moment that helped them form into a real baseball franchise and it wasn’t Opening Day 1993. No, that pivotal moment that created the Rockies universe happened with the 1992 Expansion Draft. Held at the Marriott Marquis in the New York City on November 17, 1992, two groups of baseball professionals gathered to make lemonade from the lemons available to them by the other MLB clubs. Colorado and the Florida Marlins aimed to put together the best team possible and avoid losing 100 games in the process. (Both would succeed at this ultimate goal.) The other 26 teams could protect 15 players on their 40-man roster. After each round, consisting of 26 picks, National…

Raised in Centennial and a graduate of Regis Jesuit HS in Aurora, Ty Blach will get the ball in the first Spring Training game of 2022 for the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Blach was originally signed on a minor league deal by Colorado as starting pitching depth during a time in the offseason when the lockout prevented major league free agents from doing so. A veteran of four Major League seasons, Blach was a fifth round selection by the San Francisco Giants in 2012 out of Creighton University. Fittingly, his Major League debut was against the Rockies at Coors Field.  “It was a pretty amazing moment to be running out of the bullpen,” the 31-year-old said of September 5, 2016.…

Now that Gil Hodges has been selected by the Golden Days Era Committee to be enshrined in National Baseball Hall of Fame, every player who has received at least 50% of the vote in a year has made it to Cooperstown. Todd Helton appears set to reach that mark in his 4th appearance on the ballot. Before you make a...

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Noah Yingling from RoxPile and Call To The Pen shares his thoughts on which infielders deserve acknowledgement in a Colorado Rockies Hall of Fame. Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki and Vinny Castilla seem like obvious guarantees, but who else would join them? MLB and the Players’ Association met on Thursday. Nothing was worked out, but some promising developments transpired. And the Rockies signed one of the top international amateur free agents for $2.8 million. Who is he, what are the projections and what might this mean for Colorado’s future? “The tragic story that doomed the Colorado Rockies 1994 Draft class” by Noah Yingling “Scott Rolen could have been a member of the Colorado Rockies” by Noah Yingling DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE…

Two days before the first game in franchise history, the Colorado Rockies signed a player many believed would be their first member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dale Murphy was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in the early hours of April 3, 1993  and was just two home runs short of 400 for his career. (At the time, only...

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Trevor Story has not yet made a decision about the Rockies qualifying offer, but Eduardo Rodriguez has made up his mind: he’s joining the surging Detroit Tigers. On this day in 1992, Colorado signed Andrés Galarraga to a one-year deal and the next day they assembled the rest of their club in the Expansion Draft. The Rockies won the day acquiring Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette, as well as 12 total players that appeared in the 1995 postseason. Also, they drafted three catchers that went on to become managers. DON’T FORGET TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE POD! iTunes link — Stitcher Link — Pocket Casts Link — Spotify Link

On this day in 1995, Colorado won it’s first postseason game in franchise history, a 7-5 victory over Atlanta on the road in 10 innings. The Blake Street Bombers came through in a huge way, especially Vinny Castilla, against a trio of Hall of Fame starters. The final figures for 2021 attendance show the Rockies ahead of some interesting teams. Plus, what cities did not show out for their club. Checking in on a few x-Rox that made an impact down the stretch and nearly reached the playoffs. The postseason opened last night with a Boston Red Sox victory over the New York Yankees and their $324 million man, Gerrit Cole.

Repeatedly gesturing with a right-hand patting against his heart and pointing outward to all those in attendance, Trevor Story said goodbye on Wednesday in a moment unlike any witnessed in Colorado Rockies franchise history. It wasn’t made unique by the two-hour rain delay that postponed the final game of the season, nor the stadium lights shutting off momentarily in the...

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The prototypical batting lineup probably looks the same for most folks when they dream up a perfect team. The speediest player on the roster – center fielder or shortstop – has traditionally batted first. (Of course, having a player with the best on-base percentage leading off may take some precedence in the modern age of sabermetrics, but the position is...

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Baseball history is heading to Denver this summer for fans all across the Rocky Mountain region. On Monday, widespread reports of Major League Baseball choosing the Colorado Rockies and Coors Field as the host of the 2021 All-Star Game began to circulate. Tuesday, it became official. Mark your calendars: July 13. The eyes of the baseball world will be upon...

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DNVR Rockies beat reporters Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons battle for supremacy discussing various hot topics pertaining to the inhabitants of 2001 Blake Street as well all the scuttlebutt in and around the game of baseball. Nestled in a small town in bucolic upstate New York named for the father of 19th century American writer James Fenimore Cooper rests the greatest assembly of baseball artifacts in the world. For the third consecutive year, the plaque earmarked for Todd Helton will not be added to the archives. On Tuesday, the results of the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting by the Baseball Writer’s Association of America came away with no player earning the minimum 75% required for election. Curt Schilling was…

We’ve all fallen into the trap at some point. The Colorado Rockies sign or make a trade for a significant bat – a rare thing but something that the facts nonetheless state does happen – and we all start dreaming specifically on how that player will look at Coors Field. It doesn’t matter where they are coming from. This new...

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The list of players to have hit .400 is short and illustrious. Wee Willie Keeler. Ty Cobb. Rogers Hornsby. Fourteen Hall of Famers, all of whom managed to bat .312 or above in their career, including Cobb’s career .366 batting average, decorate the list of the most elite hitters to play the game of baseball. The most recent and memorable is Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams. Williams went 6-for-8 during a doubleheader to bat .406 on the final day of the 1941 season. (Going into the game, he was at .39955 and, according to the rules, the number would have rounded up to .400, but that wasn’t the Splendid Splinter’s style.) Since then, there have been many suitors, but…

There may have been 27 seasons of Major League Baseball in Denver, but there hasn’t always been a lot to celebrate. There are nine winning seasons. A handful of  superstars. Five postseasons (thanks, Wild Card). Just one World Series appearance. And now, finally, a Hall of Famer… but that celebration will have to wait another year. So, when an award like National League Rookie of the Month is bestowed upon a player like Clint Barmes, it’s something worth celebrating. By winning the April honors, the 26-year-old shortstop became the first position player and second overall to take the prize with the Rockies in 2005. (RHP Jason Jennings in August of 2002 was the first.) In more recent seasons, Trevor Story (2016)…

In the nearly 120 seasons of modern professional baseball, there exist some incredibly prestigious clubs. Of players who have hit 500 or more home runs, there are but 27. Only 23 have pitched a perfect game. And a mere 16 have won the Triple Crown. Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies is among an even more rare exclusive fraternity thanks to the events of this date in 2007. With runners on first (Edgar Rentería) and second (Kelly Johnson), Tulowitzki caught a line drive struck by Chipper Jones, stepped on second base and tagged the approaching runner for just the 13th unassisted triple play in MLB history. The rare feat in the seventh inning was actually the second triple play for…

Long before Trevor Story (2016-present) occupied shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, there existed an era between that of Walt Weiss (1994-97) and Troy Tulowitzki (2007-15). Neifi Neftali Pérez (1998-2001) signed with Colorado as an international free agent at the age of 18 before his organization ever took the field in 1992. So long ago that he plied his trade in the minor leagues, most of the lower level cities he played are no longer in the business of baseball or operate under a drastically different name: Bend (OR) Rockies, Central Valley (CA) Rockies, New Haven (CT) Ravens, and Colorado Springs (CO) Sky Sox. During his tenure in Denver, Pérez appeared in all 162 games twice in his career (1998 and…

They say that you are only as strong as your weakest link. Time to find out if that is true. In the first two parts of this series, we named the all-time starting rotation and lineup. But many of you have noted that this leaves out quite a few phenomenal faces of the franchise. As we all know, though, baseball...

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