In 1993, for the first time since 1977, Major League Baseball expanded to add two more teams -- the Colorado Rockies and the Florida Marlins. The Rockies took their name from a former National Hockey League franchise, which existed from 1976 to 1982. The hockey team had little success, but the National League's Rockies have fared slightly better with their schedule. The club made the playoffs in 1995, just its third season of operation, and won the National League Pennant in 2007. That year, the club earned the distinction of being named Baseball America's organization of the year.
The Rockies play their home games at Coors Field, which continuously makes news for its reputation as a park friendly to hitters. Its high altitude and thin air have traditionally meant that Coors Field is home run heaven for players. Continuous efforts to reduce the number of home runs in the park, including storing game balls in a humidor, have lowered the home run totals to be consistent with the rest of baseball.
Colorado Rockies Roster
No one on the Rockies roster has yet to make the Baseball Hall of Fame, but the team has had its share of stars. The list of the team's all-time greats includes Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez.
The Colorado Rockies Spring Training facility is Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community outside of Scottsdale, AZ. The team shares this ballpark, which opened in 2011 and has an official capacity of 11,000, with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies Minor League Baseball affiliates are the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox, Double-A Tulsa Drillers, Advanced-A Modesto Nuts, Class-A Asheville Tourists, Short-Season A Tri-City Dust Devils and rookie league Grand Junction Rockies and Dominican Summer League Rockies.
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