Contact Us

Colorado Rockies 20 Years Later- Five Original Players & Where Are They Now?

(Photo by Tim DeFrisco/Getty Images)

The Colorado Rockies with a record of 10-4 have matched their second best start in their history. Their best 14-game start was 11-3 in 2011. It’s hard to believe it’s been more than 20 years since the Colorado Rockies inaugural season at Mile High Stadium in Denver. Never mind that the Rockies went 67-95 as an expansion franchise. It was all about Major League Baseball finally coming to the Mile High City. The Rockies built that first roster through the MLB expansion draft. Each team could protect 15 players – everyone else was fair game. How many players can you name that were on the Rockies’ inaugural roster? Here’s a look at five memorable Rockies players – and where they are now.

(Getty Images)

DALE MURPHY:Not many people will remember that outfielder  Dale Murphy played on that Rockies team in 1993. Murphy is a two-time National League Most Valuable player, who spent 15 memorable seasons with the Atlanta Braves, and three more with the Philadelphia Phillies before coming to Colorado for the final season of his career. At age 37 he played in just 26 games for the Rockies. In 2012, Murphy was part of the Braves broadcast team, and this year he served as first base coach for the USA Team in the World Baseball Classic.

(Getty Images)

JOE GIRARDI : Catcher Joe Girardi was just coming into his own when he joined the Rockies in 1993 after 3 seasons with the Chicago Cubs. The move more than doubled his salary to $670,000. Girardi spent three seasons in Colorado and then spent four seasons with the Yankees, three with the Cubs, and finished his playing career with one season in St. Louis. Girardi is currently managing the New York Yankees, taking over in 2008 and leading the Yanks to a World Series title in 2009.

(Getty Images/All Sport)

ANDRES GALLARAGA: First basemen Andres Gallaraga enjoyed a successful 19-year career in Major League baseball, including five in Colorado. The “Big Cat”, as he was known,   established himself as a legitimate major league hitter in 7 seasons with Montreal and one in St. Louis before coming to the Rockies. In five seasons with the Rockies, Gallaraga hit 172 home runs, and hit below .300 in only one of those seasons. He would go on to play for the Braves, Rangers, Giants, Expos, and Angels. He was named the MLB Comeback Player of the Year after a successful return to baseball following cancer treatment. Gallaraga was on the coaching staff this year for the Venezuela team in the World Baseball Classic.

(Getty Images)

DANTE BICHETTE:  He may not have received a lot of awards and recognition, but  Dante Bichette was a fan favorite during his time in Colorado. Bichette was a baseball hitting machine. A four-time all-star with the Rockies after coming over from the Milwaukee Brewers, Bichette had an incredible 1995 season batting .340 with 40 home runs. After leaving Colorado, Bichette went on to play for the Reds, and the Red Sox before ending a 15 year playing career. He ended up with the Dodgers but retired before  playing a single game. In 2004, BIchette  played pitcher and first base for the Nashua Pride of the Atlanta League, a professional, independent baseball organization. In the fall of 2012, Bichette was hired as the Rockies hitting coach.

(Getty Images)

Vinny Castilla: Another fan favorite, Vinny Castilla came to the Rockies after having just 21 at-bats in two seasons with Atlanta. Castilla hit just 12 home runs during his first two years with Colorado, but then had five consecutive years of hitting 32 or more homers. After leaving Colorado, and Rockies fans are still wondering why it happened, Castilla floated around the league with stops in Tampa Bay, Houston, Atlanta, Washington, San Diego, and two more different stints with Colorado. After managing the Mexican team for the Pan American Games in 2007, Castilla was back with Colorado as a special assistant to General Manager Dan O’Dowd, a position he still holds today.

More From Kool 107.9

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kool1079.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KOOL 107.9 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here.

Sign up for an account to comment, share your thoughts, and earn points to get great prizes.

Register on KOOL 107.9 FM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!