The *Colorado Rockies’ are a Major League Baseball team located in Denver, Colorado. They play in the West Division of the National League. StadiumFrom 1993 to 1994 they played at Mile High Stadium. In 1995 they moved to Coors Field and have played there ever since.NicknameThe team is named after the Rocky Mountains, which pass through Colorado, just west of Denver. *History’
There were many attempts to bring a major league club to Denver, but it didn’t happen until 1993. The Colorado Baseball Commission, led by banking executive Larry Varnell, was successful in getting Denver voters to approve a 0.1 percent sales tax to help finance a new baseball stadium. Also, an advisory committee was formed in 1990 by then-Governor of Colorado Roy Romer to recruit an ownership group. The group selected was led by John Antonucci, an Ohio beverage distributor, and Michael I. Monus, the head of the Phar-Mor drugstore chain. Local and regional companies—such as Erie Lake, Hensel Phelps Construction, KOA Radio, and the Rocky Mountain News—rounded out the group. On July 5, 1991, the National League approved Denver and Miami, Florida, as the sites for two expansion teams to begin play in 1993.
The Rockies joined the National League in 1993, along as did the Miami franchise, the Florida Marlins. The Rockies’ first pick in the expansion draft was pitcher David Nied from the Atlanta Braves organization. Nied pitched 4 seasons for the Rockies.
The first game in Rockies history was played on April 5, 1993, against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. David Nied was the starting pitcher in a game the Rockies lost, 3-0.
*Record By Decade‘*1993-1999’
Don Baylor was the coach of the Rockies from 1993 to 1998. His first two seasons were losing ones, and then he had four winning seasons, before returning to losing ways in 1998.
Jim Leyland replaced him in 1999, and had a 72-90 record in his only season.
Buddy Bell took over the reins in 2000 and had a winning season, going 82-80. He then had two losing seasons, with the same record in each year, 73-89.
Clint Hurdle took over midway through 2003, and has been the coach of the Rockies ever since. His best year was in 2007 when they won the National League pennant, but they were defeated in the World Series by the Boston Red Sox, and in 2008, have had a season below .500.
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