Okay, Okay. I'm sure you've seen the same type series this posted over at Mile High Report. Well, why not have one for the Rockies? Some numbers have been omitted as no Rockie has donned the purple pinstripes in a regular season game wearing the numbers 64 through 70, 72-76, 78-96, or 98. Go beyond the jump and we shall look at the only three Rockies that have ever worn the #99 and read about some very brief time with the club and one rather outspoken player...........
Darren Clarke was first drafted by the Rockies in the 33rd round of the 1999 amateur draft and did not sign. Clarke was drafted again by Colorado in the 35th round of the 2000 amateur draft and was signed. Clarke spent the majority of his career in the minor league system, never pitching in the minors above AA Tulsa. He was called up to the MLB club and made his debut on May 18th, 2007. In his two career appearances with the MLB club, he amassed a grand total of 1.1 innings pitched. Clarke was re-signed as a minor league free agent at the end of the 2007 season and pitched 2008 for Tulsa. He was released after the 2008 season.
Turk Wendell was signed before the 2004 season and spent an injury filled season up and down between the MLB club and Colorado Springs. He appeared in twelve games for the Rockies in the '04 season having some bad numbers all around. In 16.1 innings pitched, Wendell allowed 13 earned runs on 21 hits including four home runs. Wendell was mostly known in the 2004 season not for his pitching, but for his comments about Barry Bonds and steroid use. Wendell was released on July, 29th, 2004. He signed a minor league contract with Houston in before the start of the 2005 season and did not make their club out of spring training. Wendell officially announced his retirement in March 2005.
Alfredo Amezaga's second stint with the Rockies occurred in 2011, due to injuries and ineffectiveness from the Rockies expected starters. Alfredo was signed as a minor league free agent in before the 2011 season and spent the beginning of the season in Colorado Springs until being called up to the MLB club at the end of May. Alfredo was sent back to AAA at the end of May 2011 and is still currently on the AAA roster.
As no Rockie has donned the number 98, tune in next time for the number 97 and some Johnny Cash..............
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