• Springtime Yard Work
• 2013 Draft Primer
• 20 Days of Winners
• Rock Social
• The Garden
• Player Spotlight
• Community Spotlight
June 2 - Colorado Rockies Futures Game at Coors Field June 7 - Boys and Girls Clubs Clinic at Owen Branch June 8 - MLB's Pinch Hit & Run at Coors Field June 8 - Military Appreciation Day at Coors Field June 10 - Colorado Rockies Charity Golf Tournament June 12 - Denver Rescue Mission Food Drive at Coors Field June 28 - P.L.A.Y. Clinic - led by MLB athletic trainers at Coors Field June 28 - Eric Young Jr.'s Stealing Some Smarts session June 29 - Launch of new CenturyLink Leadership in Education Award presentation onfield (continuing monthly)
And there are also some events that have already begun and will continue through the summer:
• Care and Share - hosting kids with terminal illnesses at games • Colorado Rockies Next Level Challenge - a new middle school physical education program • BLUE for Kids program - an umpire-led children's hospital program • Wells Fargo Academic All-Star Program - monthly award presentations onfield
SPRINGTIME YARD WORK
ROCKIES VOLUNTEER TO CLEAN-UP AND PREPARE A BASEBALL FIELD
Spring is a time of rebirth. Whether it's a new baseball season or the sprouting of the garden in your back yard at home, April and May set the groundwork for the summer months ahead. And this year, on Tuesday, May 14, the Rockies staff led a clean-up of Andres Galarraga Field at the Owen Branch of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver.
Dedicated in 1995, Andres Galarraga Field was the first field in the Rockies' former Field of Dreams restoration program. Through the program, Rockies players pledged finances toward refurbishing over 25 fields along the Front Range. And along with freshening up the field itself with new infield dirt, reseeding grass and fixing divots, there were reasons for beautifying this particular field: to not only give kids a fun and safe place to play, but prepare for the annual Rockies-ROOT SPORTS clinic at the Owen Branch next month.
"Today we have a group of [Rockies] volunteers from Coors Field, cleaning up the field, doing some gardening and doing some cleaning inside the Club," Rockies Vice President of Community & Retail Operations Jim Kellogg said on the morning of the field clean-up. "We will do a clinic with ROOT SPORTS here in June. We'll invite our players here and we'll get all the kids from Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver here and we'll run them through a morning session, consisting of all the different skills of playing baseball."
In addition to volunteers from the Rockies front office, there were also some trained professionals who took part in the field clean-up. Rockies Head Groundskeeper Mark Razum and the full-time grounds crew staff were there to lead the charge, performing much of the same maintenance as at Coors Field, including edging, raking, preparing the pitcher's mound, spreading infield dirt and even digging up the existing home plate to replace it with a new one.
"We're bringing [the field] back up to quality the standards the kids can play on and be safe on, more importantly, so they can enjoy the field," said Razum who, with his staff, not only care for Coors Field itself, but many parts of the Rockies neighborhood in LoDo as well. "Hopefully a future Rockie comes out of this field someday."
Now, with a pristine field for the kids of the Boys and Girls Clubs' Owen Branch, it's time to PLAY BALL!
2013 MLB FIRST-YEAR PLAYER DRAFT PRIMER
The 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft begins on Thursday June 6, at 5:00 p.m. MST. Major League Baseball is the only major sport that holds its draft during the season and that gives Rockies fans the chance to see how the club is building for the future, while watching the current team play on the field.
The first night of the draft will be televised by MLB Network and fans can also follow online at MLB.com. Seventy-three picks will be made that night, with the Rockies selecting with the 3rd, 42nd and 70th picks that evening. Like each of the previous four years, the 2013 Draft will span three days. Rounds 3-40 will be streamed live on MLB.com on June 7-8.
Some Draft History
Major League Baseball's first amateur draft was held in June 1965. Teams chose players in reverse order of the previous season's standings, with picks alternating between the National and American Leagues. In today's draft, no matter the league, the teams select in reverse order of the previous year's records. Back in 1965, the Kansas City Athletics took Rick Monday, an outfielder from Arizona State.
Originally, three separate drafts were held each year. The June draft, which was the largest, involved new high school graduates, as well as college seniors who had just finished their seasons. A second draft was held in January for high school and college players who graduated in the winter. Finally, there was a draft in August for players who participated in amateur summer leagues. The August draft was eliminated after only two years, while the January draft lasted until 1986.
Early in the draft history, the majority of players drafted came directly from high school. Over a five-year stretch, from 1967 to 1971, only seven college players were chosen in the first round of the June draft. As an example of how that mindset has changed, last year alone, 14 of the 30 first selections were college players.
New Rules that Began in 2012
A major change in the draft was enacted last year as part of the 2012-2016 Basic Agreement between MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association. Each team is now allocated a "Bonus Pool" from which it can offer initial contracts to its drafted players. Each team's pool is based on its draft position and number of picks, plus the amount spent in the previous year's draft. For the 2012 draft, these pools ranged from $4.5 million to $11.5 million. If a team goes over its threshold by 5 percent or less, it must pay a "luxury tax" of 75% on the amount over the threshold. Teams that go 5 to 10 percent over must pay a 100% tax on the excess and will lose their next first-round pick. A team that goes 15 percent over can lose its next two first-round picks, in addition to paying the "luxury tax."
Also as part of the new CBA, two Competitive Balance rounds were added to the draft. They were added to give clubs with the lowest revenues, and in the smallest markets, the opportunity to obtain additional draft picks through a lottery, which was held last July. The 10 clubs with the lowest revenues and the 10 clubs in the smallest markets were entered into a lottery for the six selections immediately following the first round of the First-Year Player Draft (picks 34-39). The eligible clubs that did not receive one of the six selections due to this rule, Rockies were one, were entered into a second lottery for the six picks immediately following the second round; Rockies obtained the second pick in the second lottery, or the 70th pick. These Competitive Balance picks can be traded, marking the first time baseball has allowed the trading of draft picks. However, all previous rules against the trading of regular picks, or picks awarded as free agent compensation, remain as before.
Will the Rockies select the next Todd Helton or Troy Tulowitzki? Only time will tell. But with increased coverage and attention on the annual MLB Draft, you can tune in and watch it all unfold.
Every Purple Monday is a celebration at Coors Field, and this year, a number of unique new opportunities were added for lucky fans to experience on Purple Monday games.
During 20 days in April, fans entered an online sweepstakes to win a number of special opportunities, all taking place on Purple Monday games. Experiences include the opportunity to deliver the lineup card to the umpires before a game, the chance to work the manual scoreboard in right field or an in-game camera on the first-base line, eating lunch with Vinny Castilla and more! One fan even won the opportunity to sit in on the Rockies team photo.
20 Days of Winners experiences will continue throughout the season so make sure to keep an eye out for these lucky winners during all Purple Monday games! And for more contests, events and promotions celebrating the Rockies 20th Anniversary, go to Rockies.com/20th.
ROCK SOCIAL is fast approaching, coming up on Friday, June 7, when the Rockies take on the San Diego Padres. What is ROCK SOCIAL, you ask? ROCK SOCIAL is an event for Rockies social media fans, featuring a ticket special-$14 tickets, normally $27. Fans that check in at ROCK SOCIAL prior to first pitch will be entered to win a number of great prizes, including free beer, bobbleheads, T-shirts, copies of Rockies Magazine and more!
And all fans who check in will receive a customized nametag button, with button artwork designed by fans in the ROCK SOCIAL Button Design Contest.
Visit Rockies.com/rocksocial for tickets, details, the Button Design Contest instructions and template, and everything else you need to know. See you there on June 7!
In the Rockies' continuing efforts to "Go Green," the club and in-stadium partner ARAMARK have joined forces to create a new sustainable garden at the ballpark, believed to be the first of its kind in baseball. It is called, simply, The Garden.
The Rockies and ARAMARK have also partnered with Colorado State University's Institute for the Built Environment and Designs by Sunday to add their expertise in garden planning, sustainability consultation and overall landscaping. The 600-square foot garden mimics a baseball stadium, with raised beds terracing upwards, similar to outfield stands overlooking the infield. The Garden will feature vegetables and herbs, including tomatoes, peppers, beans, scallions, chives, parsley, thyme, rosemary and more, all of which will be served at the Mountain Ranch Club inside the park.
Other sustainable features include the use of beetle-kill wood, organic soil, irrigation drip made from recycled materials and more. Stop by and check out The Garden bear the Gate A ticket windows and watch it grow!
After starting the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, DJ LeMahieu-his birth name is David John-is back with the big league club after an excellent start in the Pacific Coast League. After 33 games, LeMahieu (leh-MAY-hyoo) was hitting .364 with eight doubles, five triples and 22 RBI.
And his hitting did not stop once he put on a Rockies jersey again. After his first six games, LeMahieu was hitting .462 with an outstanding 1.115 OPS (on-base plus slugging). LeMahieu is a sure-handed fielder who can play any of the middle infield positions and third base. Last season with the Major League club, LeMahieu hit .297 with 22 RBI in 81 games, becoming the club's regular second baseman after the All-Star Break.
Acquired from the Chicago Cubs, along with Tyler Colvin, in December 2011, LeMahieu was a second-round draft choice of the Cubs in 2009. A resident of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., LeMahieu received All-America honors from Rawlings and Louisville Slugger out of Brother Rice (Mich.) High School and played two season at Louisiana State University.
Olivia Mendoza is a vibrant community leader, currently serving as executive director of the Colorado Latino Leadership, Advocacy, and Research Organization (CLLARO), an organization whose mission is to foster leadership development in the Hispanic community. In her role at CLLARO, Mendoza is responsible for overseeing the organization's daily operations, including working with city leadership and elected officials regarding policy issues that impact the Latino community. Mendoza also oversees an important research and survey component of CLLARO, organizing surveys that highlight Hispanic populations in Colorado.
A graduate of Drake University with a master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Colorado, Denver, Mendoza resides in the Denver Metro Area with her husband and two children. Thank you, Olivia, for all your hard work!