On Sunday, Aaron Cook was selected to the All-Star Game. Most Rockies fans were very happy for him, and while I was as well, I was also a little nervous. Why, you ask? Cook is the third Rockies pitcher, after Mike Hampton in 2001 and Shawn Chacon in 2003, to be selected to the All-Star Game. For Hampton and Chacon, the selection spelled doom for their Rockies careers. Some numbers to digest:
Before the All-Star Break in 2001: 9-5, 4.02 ERA
Rockies Career after 2001 All-Star Game: 12-23, 6.56 ERA
Before the All-Star Break in 2003: 11-4, 4.27 ERA
Rockies Career after 2003 All-Star Game: 2-20, 5.53 ERA
Combined, the two men were 20-9 with a 4.14 ERA in the seasons before their All-Star appearances and 14-43 with a 6.16 ERA in their Rockies career afterwards. There is also the fact that Hampton hasn't made a Major League appearance in three seasons with arm injuries and Chacon recently went Latrell Spreewell on his GM and his career is likely over. Let's hope that Cookie can break the Curse of the All-Star Rockies pitcher.