Colorado Rockies Information
The Colorado Rockies, named after the Rocky Mountains, joined the National League in 1993 as an expansion team. The Rockies led the National League in attendance every year from 1993 to 1999. 1996 was a year marked by power hitting, which included 47 home runs from Andres Galarraga and 40 from both Ellis Burks and Vinny Castilla.
The team has always had strong hitting, poor pitching, and a poor road record. This can be attributed to the thin air conditions of Coors Field. In 2001, the team hoped to turn around its pitching woes by signing free agents Mike Hampton and Denny Neagle to big contracts. Neither player brought the team to fruition; as a result; Hampton was soon traded and Neagle was granted free agency in 2004.
In recent years, the Rockies adopted a new strategy of putting more focus on their farm system and developing young stars. In 2007, Colorado made a historic post-season run after barely clinching the NL Wild Card with a 93-70 regular season record. After knocking off the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS and the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL Championship Series, Colorado advanced to the World Series for the first time in franchise history. They faced off against the Boston Red Sox who beat them in a four game sweep. Baseball America named the Rockies 'Organization of the Year' for their accomplishments in 2007.
They were unable to match 2007â€™s success in 2008, coming in third at 74-88, but in 2009, they finished at 90-72 to earn the Wild Card, but failed to get past the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS. The Rockies placed third in the division in 2010 at 83-79, but all-star pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez had their first no-hitter ever. They traded Jimenez during the 2011 season for a number of promising prospects. They placed fourth in the division with a 73-89 record, but go into the 2012 season hoping to improve on their record.