Colorado Rockies News: Establishing a Rocky Mountain Hall of Fame
The Rockies have been around for almost 30 years and during that time they’ve only pulled out two numbers, have one player signed up for Cooperstown (with another on the way), and that’s about it. After hearing that Ichiro Suzuki was going to be inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame in 2022, I couldn’t help but think it was time for the Rockies to create their own Hall of Fame team. Over the years we’ve seen a lot of players and individuals wear purple and do amazing things for the franchise and it’s time for the club to honor these people. So, let’s try to build the framework for the Rockies Hall of Fame.
First and foremost in terms of eligibility is the time of service with the team. For Rockies purposes, I envision five years as the ideal minimum for serious consideration for both players and staff. Some players have had solid three-year stints in Colorado, like Michael Cuddyer, but three years is not enough for some players to be considered Hall of Fame worthy.
Distinctions / Counting statistics
In addition to service time, we will need to look at other statistical criteria for applicants. The Milwaukee Brewers have a Hall of Fame eligibility system where a candidate must meet at least one of nine conditions to be eligible to vote. I decided to simply incorporate their ideas into ours because they are very useful.
- 2000 or more plaque appearances
- 1,000 or more innings pitched
- 250 or more pitched games
- Winning the Most Valuable Player Award, Cy Young Award, Rookie of the Year Award, or Lifter of the Year Award (We’ll also keep ASG appearances and Gold awards in mind. Glove)
- Manage a winning team
- Be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame (automatically included)
- GM gets playoff appearance
While they are subject to change by appropriate action, they provide a good baseline for choosing who is eligible to be inducted into the Rockies Hall of Fame. The club could always decide on other requirements that someone should fulfill, like community service and the like, but that would be a good place to start narrowing things down to those worth inducing.
Location, location, location
Another question we need to resolve is where to put this thing. The obvious answer is finding a place in Coors Field to put it on, but that could still prove to be difficult. I’m not quite sure about the logistics and would rather leave that to those with the power and the insight, but somewhere in the central field lobby, I feel good if that was the case. Otherwise, McGregor Square could be a great place to put a Hall of Fame if it is not possible to place the exhibit in the stadium, it would be just disappointing not to have it conveniently located in the stadium like some others. teams did it.
Vote and ceremony
Regarding the vote, we can make a few options. The first is simply for the team to select the inductees themselves as they see fit. It’s the easiest fix, but we’ve seen how long it took the Rockies to take Larry Walker’s number off and we’d love to see more guys celebrated. The next option is for Colorado media members to vote on players while the club appoints a Hall of Fame committee to unanimously select non-players to induct. The final option is to publish a slate of nominees each year and allow fans to vote on who will be inducted.
The ceremony would then take place during the season at Coors Field. The Larry Walker weekend in 2021 was a perfect example of how the team can approach this type of event. Spend the weekend honoring and celebrating the players who are inducted, enjoy great promotional giveaways, listen to speeches and top it off with the unveiling of a plaque. The only other thing I ask for the celebration is that every member of the Rockies Hall of Fame receive a purple jacket. As an added bonus, host an ‘old’ game during the weekend celebration so we can track down fan favorites from the past.
The inaugural Rocky Mountain Hall of Fame class
The following is a list of people that I may have seen in the inaugural class, or would strongly consider being inducted at some point, but it is still not a complete list of people who could justify their inclusion.
- Keli McGregor
- Dan O’Dowd
- Bob gebhard
Blake Street Bombers
- Larry walker
- Dante Bichette
- Vinny Castile
- AndrÃ©s Galarraga
- Ellis Burks
The real number “2”
The number “5”
- Matt Holliday
- Carlos GonzÃ¡lez
* A number retreat could also be considered. I mean the Yankees took out the number “8” twice.
- Jeff Francois
- Ubaldo Jimenez
- Jason jennings
- Aaron Cook
- Jorge de la Rosa
- Brian fuentes
- Matt Belisle
Future inductees (after retirement)
- Charlie blackmon
- Trevor’s story
- Nolan Arenado
- DJ Le Mahieu
- Jon gray
- GermÃ¡n Marquez
While the ideas in this article aren’t perfect, this is the concept the Rockies should start to implement. If we want even more honored guys, then build in a wall of honor that recognizes players who don’t quite meet the requirements listed in this article but still mean a lot to the team. Whatever the team’s decision, the point is that they need to better celebrate and recognize their story. We can no longer focus on just a few players and in the 2007 season we need to celebrate all of our history and remember the people who made Rocky Mountain baseball special.
What other players and individuals would you like to see in the Rockies Hall of Fame? Continue the conversation in the comments below!
Score each team’s 2012 MLB Draft 9 years later | Launderer report
2022 is finally upon us, so Bleacher Report decided to look back on the 2012 draft and rate every team. The Rockies had five players who made it to the major leagues from that draft and only one of them is still with the team. David Dahl and Eddie Butler were both first-round picks that didn’t quite work out the way the team wanted, Tom Murphy found a new home in Seattle and Matt Carasiti did his thing. The only player who has done decently is Scott Oberg, but unfortunately medical issues have put his career in jeopardy. Overall, the Rockies received a retrospective “C” for their rating.
Heading into 2022, Todd Helton Shows Progress in Hall of Fame Voting | Pile of Rox
We’re only a few weeks away from learning the results of the 2022 polls, and during that time plenty of people will be keeping an eye on the Hall of Fame tracker on Twitter courtesy of Ryan Thibodaux. Rockies fans everywhere will be keeping an eye on Todd Helton’s progress in the 2022 ballot as the first baseman continues to make huge strides on the ballot. Thanks to over 100 ballots that have been revealed, Helton is following around 55% and it won’t be long before we celebrate another Rockie in Cooperstown.
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