The Colorado Rockies joined Major League Baseball’s National League in 1993 as an expansion team along with the Miami Marlins and began play that same year. In their inaugural home game against the Montreal Expos the Rockies drew a (standing) record 80,000 fans but the team finished with a 6-95 record. It would not be until the 1995 season that the team would finally make it into the playoffs. That same season, the teams new field, Coors Field opened and the team signed on OF Larry Walker. Walker would form the group that was known as the Blake Street Bombers which consisted of Walker, Vinny Castilla, Dante Bichette and Andres Galarraga. The team entered the postseason with a 77-67 record as a Wild Card winner but would lose to the eventual World Series Champion Atlanta Braves.
Following the collapse in the ’95 playoffs, Pitcher Anders Galarraga left the team and signed on with the Atlanta Braves. Replacing him was the Rockies 1995 first round draft selection Todd Helton but the teams bullpen continued to struggle which led to the firing of the only manager in franchise history, Don Baylor. He was replaced by 2-time NL Manager of the year Jim Leyland but the franchise found that he was not the answer as the team fell even deeper finishing in last place in last place with a 72-90 record.
The end of the 1999 season saw the franchises only GM, Bob Gebhard resign. He was replaced by Dan O’Dowd who would retool the team and ended up trading two of the original Blake Street Bombers, Dante Bichette to the Reds, and Vinny Castilla to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Despite this, the team managed to finish with an 82-80 record, the first winning season since the ’97 campaign. The 2002 season saw the teams 1999 first round draft pick, Jason Jennings, Win the NL Rookie of the Year award as he went 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA. In 2004, the team reacquired Vinny Castilla from the Devil Rays but again had bullpen problems that led to a 68-94 record. With an inflated payroll, the team traded the aging Larry Walker to the Cardinals and allowed Castilla, Royce Clayton and Jeromy Burnitz to leave which allowed Triple-A players Garrett Atkins, Brad Hawpe, Clint Barmes and J.D. Closser to be promoted to the majors. They along with Joe Kennedy, Byung-Hyun Kim and Jeff Francis became known as Generation-R.
The combined records for the 2005 and 2006 season was 143-181 and attendance began to wane as the Rockies drew less than 2 million fans for the first time in franchise history. The team bounced back in 2007 with a record of 90-73 and a playoff berth as the NL Wild Card Team. In the NLDS, the Rockies matched up against the Philadelphia Phillies, sweeping the series in three games. In the NL Championship Series, the Rockies faced off against the Arizona Diamondbacks who took them to seven games but the Rockies prevailed and entered the World Series for the first time in team History. The World Series would go a full seven games but in the end, the Boston Red Sox proved too much for the Rockies as they won four games to three.
The franchise would finish in 3rd place in the NL West in 2008 and failed to make the playoffs but were again in the post season in 2009, losing to the Philadelphia Phillies in the NLDS. 2010 saw the team again finish in third place with an 83-79 record.
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