Jan. 4 - The Rockies finalize Bell's first coaching staff: pitching coach Marcel Lachemann, batting coach Clint Hurdle, bench coach Toby Harrah, bullpen coach Fred Kendall, first-base coach Dallas Williams, third-base coach Rich Donnelly, senior advisor Dave Garcia and strength coach Brad Andress.
Jan. 14 - O'Dowd brings RHP Masato Yoshii to Colorado, from the Mets for LHP Bobby M. Jones and RHP Lariel Gonzalez.
Jan. 19 - The Rockies introduce additions to their uniforms, as well as an alternate purple jersey, alternate home uniform and purple-billed cap.
April 3 - The Rockies open in Atlanta with only six players from their 1999 Opening Day roster, believed to be the largest year-to-year turnover ever in professional team sports.
June 28 - The Rockies and commissioner Bud Selig celebrate Coors Field's 20 millionth fan. Jeff Cirillo hits three homers and compiles a club-record 13 total bases in a 17-13 win.
Aug. 21 - Todd Helton had two hits in his first three at-bats against Atlanta at Coors Field to pull his batting average to .400, before finishing the night at .398. Helton reached .400 the latest in a season since George Brett reached the magic number on Sept. 4, 1980. Helton finished the season leading the National League with a .372 average.
Aug. 22 - With the Rockies out of pitchers, C Brent Mayne threw a scoreless 12th inning, and Adam Melhuse used his first Major League hit to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the inning as Colorado won, 7-6. Mayne became the first position player to be credited with a pitching victory since Rocky Colavito won for the New York Yankees against Detroit in 1968.
Dec. 4 - Colorado agrees to terms with LHP Denny Neagle.
Dec. 9 - Colorado agrees to terms with LHP Mike Hampton.
July 4 - Mike Hampton is named the first All-Star pitcher in franchise history.
July 25 - The Rockies, Royals and A's complete a five-player deal in which Colorado acquires INF Jose Ortiz, OF Mario Encarnacion and LHP Todd Belitz from Oakland and trade INF Neifi Perez to Kansas City for OF Jermanine Dye, who then is traded to Oakland for the three players.
July 31 - The Rockies trade RHP Pedro Astacio, the franchise's all-time leader in starts, wins and innings pitched, to Houston for Lamar, Colo., native RHP Scott Elarton.
Aug. 6 - Coors Field hosts its first-ever concert during the third annual "Evening of Stars and Fireworks." Performers include Toby Keith and Montgomery Gentry.
Aug. 14 - President George W. Bush attends the Rockies game against the Braves at Coors Field. Colorado won 5-4 in 10 innings.
Aug. 23 - Jason Jennings throws a complete-game shutout and hits a home run in his Major League debut at Shea Stadium. He becomes the first player in Major League history to accomplish that feat.
Sept. 11 - In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Rockies announced the postponement of all games from Sept. 11-16 after the terrorist strikes on New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. It is the first league-wide postponement since World War II.
Oct. 18 - Executive Vice President Keli McGregor is named Rockies Club President.
Dec. 17 - Colorado acquires RHP Denny Stark, LHP Brian Fuentes and RHP Jose Paniagua from the Seattle Mariners for 3B Jeff Cirillo.
April 26 - Colorado introduces Clint Hurdle as the franchise's fourth manager.
April 12 - Colorado 1B Todd Helton knocks his 800th career hit with a single against Arizona. He reached the mark in 676 games, the eighth-fewest games among players in history.
April 12 - Colorado acquires C Sandy Alomar Jr. from the Chicago White Sox for minor league RHP Enemenchio Pacheco.
July 31 - The Rockies acquire OF Jay Payton, RHP Mark Corey and OF Robert Stratton from the New York Mets for RHP John Thomson and OF Mark Little. Colorado also acquires OF Gabe Kapler and INF Jason Romano from the Texas Rangers for OF Todd Hollandsworth and LHP Dennys Reyes.
Aug. 13 - Rockies RHP Jason Jennings earned his 13th victory of the season to break the club rookie record, set by RHP Armando Reynoso during the club's expansion season of 1993. Jennings finished the season 16-8.
Oct. 31 - Heading into his first offseason as the Rockies' manager, Clint Hurdle completes his coaching staff for 2003. Bench coach Jamie Quirk, third base coach Sandy Alomar Sr., first base coach Dave Collins, pitching coach Bob Apodaca, hitting coach Duane Espy, bullpen coach Rick Matthews and bullpen catcher Mark Strittmatter are hired.
Nov. 14 - Rockies RHP Jason Jennings becomes the first player in Rockies history to earn the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Jennings is the runaway winner in voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America.
Jan. 23 - Longtime Cleveland Indians television broadcaster Jack Corrigan is named to the Rockies' radio booth to join Jeff Kingery, who had been with the club since its first season, 1993. Corrigan replaced Wayne Hagin, believed to be the only person to witness all 1,557 games the club had ever played.
April 10 - In the sixth inning of an eventual 7-6 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors field, first baseman Todd Helton caught a Orlando Palmerio line drive and set into motion the first triple play in Rockies history. Helton threw to shortstop Jose Hernandez, who stepped on second for an out and tagged a base runner for the third out.
June 24 - Right-handed pitcher Shawn Chacon holds the San Diego Padres to four hits in seven innings of a 5-1 victory to improve to 11-3 and solidify his first All-Star Game invitation. Chacon, who would suffer an elbow injury and finish the season 11-8, was the second pitcher in club history to be invited to the Midseason Classic. The injury, however, prevented him from participating. Chacon also became the first Rockies pitcher to be named NL Pitcher of the Month (April), and was the first Colorado pitcher chosen NL Player of the Week (April 21, an award he shared with the Chicago Cubs' Sammy Sosa).
July 15 - First baseman Todd Helton and center fielder Preston Wilson represented the Rockies in the All-Star Game at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. Helton, voted to the starting lineup for the second straight year, knocked his first All-Star home run. Wilson earned selection to the team by knocking 91 RBIs, the most in history at the break. Rockies head trainer Tom Probst also represented the club.
July 25 - Taiwanese right-hander Chin-hui Tsao gave up a leadoff homer to Milwaukee's Eric Young, but recovered and pitched the Rockies to a 7-3 victory at Coors Field. Tsao became the first pitcher from his country to appear in and win a Major League game.
Sept. 22 - Rockies third base coach Sandy Alomar, who carried the banner of Puerto Rico during a 15-year big-league career and long contributed to the national program in his homeland, announced that he had been chosen to manage Puerto Rico in an Olympic qualifying tournament.
Sept. 25 - Rockies and KOA Radio agree to a five-year extension.
Sept. 29 - The Rockies beat San Diego, 10-8, in the Padres' final game at Qualcomm Stadium. Preston Wilson finished the season leading the National League with 141 RBIs. Todd Helton finished with a .358 batting average, a point short of his second NL batting crown.
Oct. 28 - USA Baseball officials announce that Rockies outfield prospect Matt Holliday was added to Team USA for an Olympic qualifying tournament in Panama.
Nov. 12 - The club extends the contracts of both GM Dan O'Dowd and Manager Clint Hurdle through the 2006 season.
Dec. 10 - The Rockies brought back one of their original members, third baseman Vinny Castilla, who played for the club from 1993-99. Later in the month, the Rockies signed power-hitting outfielder Jeromy Burnitz in a move toward returning to the power-based lineups of the past, when Castilla was part of a crew known as the "Blake Street Bombers."
July 8 - FOX Cable Networks agree to
become a limited partner of the Rockies. Fox Sports Net and the Rockies
reach long-term television rights contract.
Aug. 6 - Rockies trade Larry Walker, the franchise's all-time leader in nearly every offensive category, to the St. Louis Cardinals for three minor leaguers.
Sept. 9 - Rockies farmhand Jeff Francis is named Baseball America's 2004 Minor League Player of the Year, the first player in organizational history to earn that honor.
A few weeks later, the left-handed pitcher is named USA Today's Minor League
Player of the Year, also the first Rockie to win that award as well.
Nov. 9 - In a meeting of the
directors and shareholders of the Colorado Rockies general partner,
Jerry McMorris is removed as a director and officer of the Club.
April 3 - Third baseman Garrett Atkins is placed on DL, one of many Rockies to face that fate in 2005.
April 4 - Rookie shortstop Clint Barmes knocks a two-run, walkoff homer at Coors Field in a 12-10 victory over San Diego in the season opener, but Dustan Mohr emerges from the postgame celebration with a left calf injury that would throw his entire season out of balance.
May 8 - The Rockies top the Marlins, 8-3, to end a 10-game losing streak, as Aaron Miles hits his first career grand slam and Barmes continues to work his magic with a three-run, inside-the-park homer.
May 25 - Right-handed reliever Chin-hui Tsao undergoes season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
June 06 - Barmes fractures his left collarbone in a freak off-the-field accident. He misses 78 games before returning to the lineup on Sept. 2.
July 12 - Brian Fuentes, having replaced Tsao as the Rockies closer, is the Rockies' lone representative at the 2005 All-Star Game, though he sees no action.
July 20 - JD Closser rips a two-run homer off Nationals starter Livan Hernandez in Washington to give the Rockies their first series win on the road since Sept. 2004.
Aug. 11 - Todd Helton returns to the lineup after his first career stint on the disabled list. His suddenly hot bat would help the Rockies enjoy some success in the final weeks of the season.
Sept. 30 - Cleanup hitter Matt Holliday led the National League for the month of Sept. with 32 RBIs, a club record for the month.
Oct. 2 - The Rockies finished the season in the cellar of the National League West, 15 games behind the Padres, but with a feeling of optimism about the 2006 campaign. With all the young talent that saw the field in 2005, the Rockies can justifiably view themselves as a team on the rise.
The Rockies finished 76-66 -- nine games better than in 2005. A highlight was Interleague Play, during which the Rockies' 11-4 record was best among National League clubs. Left-handed relief pitcher Brian Fuentes received his second straight All-Star Game selection, and left fielder Matt Holliday went for the first time. Rockies pitching compiled a 4.66 ERA, last in club history. The Rockies posted a 44-43 record before the All-Star break, but went 32-43 afterward. Longtime third baseman and fan favorite Vinny Castilla returned to the club in August to complete his career. The Rockies hired Castilla as a special assistant in the front office.
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