Seven Rockies draftees officially signed with the club on July 21 at Coors Field: (L to R) Hunter Goodman, Braxton Fulford, McCade Brown, Benny Montgomery, Joe Rock, Bryce McGowan and Jaden Hill.

2021 marks the first time the First-Year Player Draft has been held as part of MLB All-Star festivities, with the first day of the draft being held in front of fans. Which means Denver, and more specifically the Bellco Theater, played host to this MLB milestone. In this historic draft, the Rockies selected 21 players, and seven of those made the trip to Denver on July 21 to officially sign with the club. Remember these names because we will be hearing more about each of their successes on the field in the future.

With the eighth overall pick in the…

Austin Gomber struck out four in eight scoreless innings vs. San Diego on June 14.

By Kevin Henry

As a 24-year-old making his way through his first MLB season, Austin Gomber walked off the mound at Coors Field on August 26, 2018, after allowing the Colorado Rockies just five hits and one earned run over six innings of work. As a newer member of the St. Louis Cardinals rotation, Gomber was in the middle of an August where he would log a 5–0 mark and 2.38 ERA in seven starts, including a solid performance at 20th and Blake.

A fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2014, it seemed that Gomber had finally found his place…

Each week we will share some of the highlights from Rockies social media platforms here on Rockies Magazine Blog, you know, in case you missed it.

By Jack Etkin

Roger Angell, writer for The New Yorker, speaks after receiving the J.G. Taylor Spink Award during a ceremony at Doubleday Field on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Cooperstown, N.Y. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Roger Angell wrote long, distinguished pieces on baseball for The New Yorker. Unlike baseball writers covering a team and working for newspapers, Angell was not bound by space — which is to say a finite amount of column inches — and didn’t have to meet tight deadlines night after night. He had time to gather information, ruminate, and when the time came, write with deliberation.

That said, what Angell did was unique. He might have been writing about baseball, but Angell’s work was literary and elegant. He quoted his subjects liberally and often made it sound like…

By Jack Etkin

Baseball writers do not ask players for autographs. It’s highly unprofessional, completely undignified and a blatant infringement on the clubhouse access that comes with the job. Since I began covering Major League Baseball in 1981, I have asked one player to autograph a baseball. That was Rockies reliever Scott Oberg. The reason, for better or worse, dealt with family. Namely, my daughter, Julia, who shares a medical bond with Oberg.

He responded with thought and care, not surprising to anyone who knows Oberg, and produced a keepsake baseball filled — yes, very much filled — with words…

By Julian Valentin

Connor Joe dug into the batter’s box on a cool, May night. Glistening under Coors Field’s bright lights, the party in the back of his mullet haircut flowed beneath the purple No. 9 on his batting helmet. As the smooth, funky beat of “Redbone” by Childish Gambino blared from the sound system, the Rockies faithful chanted loudly as he studied the Cincinnati Reds pitcher.


Social media was buzzing with tweets, memes and puns in support of the Rockies’ new first baseman. …

By Jack Etkin

Fifteen future Hall of Famers were at Coors Field in 1998 when the first All-Star Game was played at 20th & Blake. And nine of those 15 players were elected the first year they were eligible for the Hall of Fame. The future Hall of Famers were fairly divided among both leagues, with seven from the American League and eight from the National League.

1998 National League All-Star Team

Six future Hall of Famers were in the NL’s starting lineup: second baseman Craig Biggio, right fielder Tony Gwynn, third baseman Chipper Jones, catcher Mike Piazza, center fielder Larry Walker — who typically…

By Jack Etkin

Changes to the Rockies’ Minor League system have been seismic not subtle. Minor League Baseball, canceled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, is scheduled to return but in a vastly different alignment.

Triple-A Albuquerque and Double-A Hartford remain the Rockies’ top two affiliates. But their system now includes High-A Spokane and Low-A Fresno. …

“Over the last week, Jeff, Greg and I determined that it was in the best interest of Jeff, his family and the Rockies, for him to step down as general manager. I’m saddened by this, but I have accepted the fact that we must move on. Jeff has dedicated the last 17 years of his life to this organization. He has been a great Rockie and been part of many memorable moments, including being the general manager for our first back-to-back playoff appearances in 2017 and 2018. I’m grateful for his leadership, professionalism and hard work. …

By Jack Etkin

Matt Adams is hoping to revive his career by slugging for the Rockies. After signing a Minor League contract late last month, the veteran first baseman was working out at the Rockies’ alternate training site, which was being held at their Salt River Fields at Talking Stick complex in Scottsdale, Ariz., before his contract was selected on April 29.

The left-handed hitting Adams, 32, is nicknamed “Big City” for his size — he’s listed at 6–3 and 245 pounds — and ability to hit long home runs. Adams played sparingly in the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, but in…

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