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1997 Colorado Rockies season

1997 Colorado Rockies
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Denver, Colorado (since 1993)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Jerry McMorris
    Manager(s) Don Baylor
    Local television KWGN-TV
    Fox Sports Rocky Mountain
    (Dave Campbell, Dave Armstrong)
    Local radio KOA (AM)
    (Wayne Hagin, Jeff Kingery)
    KCUV
    (Francisco Gamez, Antonio Guevara)
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    The Colorado Rockies' 1997 season was the 5th for the Rockies. They tried to win the National League West. Don Baylor was their manager. They played home games at Coors Field. They finished with a record of 83-79, third in the NL West.

    Offseason

    • November 28, 1996: Armando Reynoso was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the New York Mets for Jerry DiPoto.[1]
    • December 9, 1996: Kirt Manwaring was signed as a Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.[2]
    • January 15, 1997: Juan Uribe was signed as an Amateur Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.[3]
    • January 24, 1997: Darnell Coles was signed as a Free Agent by the Colorado Rockies.[4]
    • March 26, 1997: Steve Decker was released by the Colorado Rockies.[5]

    Regular season

    Larry Walker had a career season in 1997, when he hit .366 with 49 home runs, 130 RBI, 33 stolen bases, and 409 total bases, en route to becoming the first Canadian player to win the MVP Award.

    Combined with 12 outfield assists, the season remains one of the finest all around performances in recent baseball history. Even more impressively, Walker's breakout season came just one year after various injuries limited him to 83 games and 272 at-bats, although the NL Comeback Player of the Year award went to Darren Daulton.

    Season standings

    NL West W L GB Pct.
    San Francisco Giants 90 72 -- .556
    Los Angeles Dodgers 88 74 2.0 .543
    Colorado Rockies 83 79 7.0 .512
    San Diego Padres 76 86 14.0 .449

    Transactions

    • May 23, 1997: Darnell Coles was purchased by the Hanshin Tigers (Japan Central) from the Colorado Rockies.[4]
    • June 3, 1997: Aaron Cook was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed July 13, 1997.[6]
    • June 3, 1997: Chone Figgins was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 4th round of the 1997 amateur draft. Player signed June 9, 1997.[7]
    • July 27, 1997: Craig Counsell was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Florida Marlins for Mark Hutton.[8]
    • August 19, 1997: Eric Young was traded by the Colorado Rockies to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Pedro Astacio.[9]
    • August 20, 1997: Bill Swift was released by the Colorado Rockies.[10]

    Major League debuts

    • Batters:
      • Todd Helton (Aug 2)
    • Pitchers:
      • Mike DeJean (May 2)
      • John Thomson (May 11)
      • Bobby Jones (May 18) [11]

    Roster

    1997 Colorado Rockies
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Game log

    1997 Game Log

    Player stats

    = Indicates team leader

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    C Kirt Manwaring 104 337 76 .226 1 27
    1B Andrés Galarraga 154 600 191 .318 41 140
    2B Eric Young 118 468 132 .282 6 45
    SS Walt Weiss 121 393 106 .270 4 38
    3B Vinny Castilla 159 612 186 .304 40 113
    LF Dante Bichette 151 561 173 .308 26 118
    CF Quinton McCracken 147 325 95 .292 3 36
    RF Larry Walker 153 568 208 .366 49 130

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Burks, EllisEllis Burks 119 424 123 .290 32 82
    Pérez, NeifiNeifi Pérez 83 313 91 .291 5 31
    Reed, JeffJeff Reed 90 256 76 .297 17 47
    Bates, JasonJason Bates 62 121 29 .240 3 11
    Helton, ToddTodd Helton 35 93 26 .280 5 11
    Vander Wal, JohnJohn Vander Wal 76 92 16 .174 1 11
    Coles, DarnellDarnell Coles 21 22 7 .318 1 2

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Bailey, RogerRoger Bailey 29 191.0 9 10 4.29 84
    Thomson, JohnJohn Thomson 27 166.1 7 9 4.71 106
    Wright, JameyJamey Wright 26 149.2 8 12 6.25 59
    Ritz, KevinKevin Ritz 18 107.1 6 8 5.87 56
    Castillo, FrankFrank Castillo 14 86.1 6 3 5.42 59
    Swift, BillBill Swift 14 65.1 4 6 6.34 29

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO
    Holmes, DarrenDarren Holmes 42 89.1 9 2 5.34 70
    Burke, JohnJohn Burke 17 59.0 2 5 6.56 39
    Astacio, PedroPedro Astacio 7 48.2 5 1 4.25 51
    McCurry, JeffJeff McCurry 33 40.2 1 4 4.43 19
    Ruffin, BruceBruce Ruffin 23 22.0 0 2 5.32 31

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO
    DiPoto, JerryJerry DiPoto 74 5 3 16 4.70 74
    Munoz, MikeMike Munoz 64 3 3 2 4.53 26
    Reed, SteveSteve Reed 63 4 6 6 4.04 43
    DeJean, MikeMike DeJean 55 5 0 2 3.99 38
    Leskanic, CurtisCurtis Leskanic 55 4 0 2 5.55 53

    Farm system

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