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Colorado Rockies

Colorado Rockies
2019 Colorado Rockies season
Established in 1991
Colorado Rockies logo.svgColorado Rockies Cap Insignia.svg
Team logoCap insignia
Major league affiliations

Current uniform
Retired numbers
  • Purple, black, silver[1][2][3]
  • Colorado Rockies (1993-present)
Other nicknames
  • The Rox, The Blake Street Bombers
Major league titles
NL Pennants (1)2007
West Division titles (0)None
Wild card berths (5)
Front office
Owner(s)The Monfort brothers
ManagerBud Black
General ManagerJeff Bridich
President of Baseball OperationsJeff Bridich

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The team is owned by the Monfort brothers and managed by Bud Black.

The Rockies began play as an expansion team for the 1993 season, and played their home games for their first two seasons at Mile High Stadium. Since 1995, they have played at Coors Field, which has earned a reputation as a hitter's park. The Rockies have qualified for the postseason five times, each time as a Wild Card winner. In 2007, the team earned its first (and only) NL pennant after winning 14 of their final 15 games in the regular season to secure a Wild Card position. In the 2007 World Series, they were swept by the American League (AL) champions Boston Red Sox in four games.


Denver had long been a hotbed of Denver Bears/Zephyrs minor league baseball and many[who?] 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 (along with the Florida (now Miami) Marlins), an ownership group representing Denver led by John Antonucci and Michael I. Monus was granted a franchise; they took the name "Rockies" due to Denver's proximity to the Rocky Mountains, which is reflected in their logo; the name was previously used by the city's first NHL team (who are now the New Jersey Devils). 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 Bears) with the National Football League (NFL)'s Denver Broncos for 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 West division of the National League. The Rockies were MLB's first team based in the Mountain Time Zone. They have reached the Major League Baseball postseason five 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. Like their expansion brethren, the Miami Marlins, they have never won a division title since their establishment; they are also one of two current MLB teams that have never won their division.

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


At the start of the 2012 season, the Rockies introduced "Purple Mondays" in which the team wears its purple uniform every Monday game day.[4][5]

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 Rockies in the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame
No. Name Position(s) Seasons Notes
-- Jerry McMorris Owner 1992-2005
KSM Keli McGregor President 2001-2010 Attended Colorado State University
9, 14 Vinny Castilla 3B 1993-1999
2004, 2006
10 Dante Bichette OF 1993-1999
14 Andrés Galarraga 1B 1993-1997
17 Todd Helton 1B 1997-2013
25 Don Baylor Manager 1993-1998
33 Larry Walker RF 1995-2004

Individual awards



NL Rookie of the Year

Silver Slugger Award

Hank Aaron Award

Gold Glove Award

Manager of the Year Award

NL Batting Champion [6]

DHL Hometown 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)


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
Preceded by:
Arizona Diamondbacks
National League Wild Card Runner-Up

Retired numbers

Todd Helton is the sole Colorado player to have his number (17) retired, which was done on Sunday, August 17, 2014.[7]

Jackie Robinson's number, 42, was retired throughout all of baseball in 1997.

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.[8]


Retired August 17, 2014

Honored April 15, 1997

Honored September 28, 2010


Minor league affiliations

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. The Rockies Radio Network is composed of 38 affiliate stations in eight states.

As of 2019, Jerry Schemmel and Jack Corrigan are the radio announcers; both serve as backup TV announcers whenever Drew Goodman is not available.

As of 2013, Spanish language radio broadcasts of the Rockies are heard on KNRV 1150 AM.

As of 2013, all games are produced and televised by AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain. All 150 games produced by AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain are broadcast in HD. Jeff Huson and Drew Goodman are the usual the TV broadcast team, with Ryan Spilborghs and Taylor McGregor handling on-field coverage and clubhouse interviews. Jenny Cavnar, Jason Hirsh, and Cory Sullivan handle the pre-game and post-game shows. Schemmel, Corrigan, Spilborghs, Cavnar, and Sullivan also fill in as play-by-play or color commentator during absences of Huson or Goodman.

Home attendance

The Rockies led MLB attendance records for the first seven years of their existence. The inaugural season is currently the MLB all-time record for home attendance.

Home Attendance at Mile High Stadium
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
1993 4,483,350 55,350 1st
1994 3,281,511 57,570+ 1st
Home Attendance at Coors Field
Year Total Attendance Game Average League Rank
1995 3,390,037 47,084++ 1st
1996 3,891,014 48,037 1st
1997 3,888,453 48,006 1st
1998 3,792,683 46,823 1st
1999 3,481,065 42,976 1st
2000 3,295,129 40,681 5th
2001 3,166,821 39,097 5th
2002 2,737,838 33,800 9th
2003 2,334,085 28,816 15th
2004 2,338,069 28,865 15th
2005 1,914,389 23,634 26th
2006 2,104,362 25,980 23rd
2007 2,376,250 28,979 19th
2008 2,650,218 32,719 13th
2009 2,665,080 32,902 11th
2010 2,875,245 35,497 10th
2011 2,909,777 35,923 12th
2012 2,630,458 32,475 13th
2013 2,793,828 34,492 10th
2014 2,680,329 33,090 10th
2015 2,506,789 30,948 14th
2016 2,602,524 32,130 11th
2017 2,953,650 36,465 8th
2018 3,015,880 37,233 7th

+ = 57 home games in strike shortened season. ++ = 72 home games in strike shortened season. [9][10]


  1. ^ Harding, Thomas (January 30, 2017). "Rockies outfitted with one shade of purple". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ "General Club Information" (PDF). 2012 Colorado Rockies Information Guide. MLB Advanced Media. February 24, 2012. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Castrovince, Anthony (May 17, 2019). "Players poll: Who has MLB's best uniforms?". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2019.
  4. ^ "Rockies Introduce Purple Mondays Campaign During 'Year of the Fan'". (Press release). MLB Advanced Media. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ "Rockies introduce 'Purple Monday' campaign". KKTV. April 6, 2012. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Batting Average Year-by-Year Leaders / Batting Champions on Baseball Almanac". Retrieved 2017.
  7. ^ Harding, Thomas (March 11, 2019). "Todd man out: Helton's retired number stands alone". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ Harding, Thomas (September 28, 2010). "Rox unveil McGregor memorial at Coors Field". MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved 2016.
  9. ^ [1] Attendance Report
  10. ^ [2] Attendance Report

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