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Saturday Rockpile: Colorado Rockies Managers on their first day

Seriously, who is this guy? First day on the job and the Rockpile doesn't go up until noon? Well, I'd like to say that I'm not alone in this department.

Monday, April 5th, 1993. Rockies vs Mets in Don Baylor's first day as the Colorado Rockies manager.

The Rockies dropped the franchise opener 0-3. Despite a 2-hit day from Andres Galarraga and a hit and stolen base by Eric Young, David Nied was simply outclassed by the New York Mets on the wings of a Doc Gooden 4-hit complete game shutout. Nied was wild, walking 6 while only striking out 3 and allowing a Bobby Bonilla solo home run to lead off the 5th inning. Final score; 0-3.


Sunday, April 4th, 1999. Rockies vs Padres in Jim Leyland's first day as the Colorado Rockies manager.

The Rockies took the Padres apart piece-by-piece in Estadio de Beisbol Monterrey in Mexico, scoring runs off of Padres starter Andy Ashby (who pitched 1 inning and then faced 7 innings in the 2nd without recording an out), Carlos Reyes, and Dan Miceli. Darryl Kile pitched 6.2 effective innings, allowing 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 4. At the plate, Dante Bichette and Vinny Castilla both had 4-hit games and 4 other batters had 2-hit games, including the pitcher, Kile. Final score, 8-2.


Monday, April 3rd, 2000. Rockies vs Braves in Buddy Bell's first day as the Colorado Rockies manager.

Greg Maddux was really, really good at baseball. 7.2 innings of 5-hit ball, cleaned up by 1.1 shutout innings from Mike Remlinger. Pedro Astacio was not night-and-day worse, pitching 7.1 innings of 2-run ball, striking out 5 while walking 1, but he allowed solo shots to both Andruw Jones and Andres Galarraga, and that made all the difference. At the plate, Larry Walker and Jeffrey Hammonds both had 2-hit days, and Todd Helton contributed a single as well. Final score: 0-2.


Friday, April 26th, 2002. Phillies vs Rockies in Clint Hurdle's first day as the Colorado Rockies manager.

Despite 6 good innings from Phillies starter Terry Adams, newly appointed manger Clint Hurdle's Rockies were able to tag the Phillies' staff for 4 runs while allowing only one. John Thomson went 7.1 innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 8 and walking none. Dennys Reyes, Rick White, and Jose Jimenez held the lead. Juan Uribe, Todd Helton, and Todd Hollandsworth all posted 2 hits. Final score: 4-1


Friday, May 29, 2009. Padres vs Rockies in Jim Tracy's first day as the Colorado Rockies manager.

Technically, Jim Tracy was merely the INTERIM manager of the Rockies, but as nobody else took the helm in the meantime, so we'll go ahead and qualify his first game at the helm as his first day as Manager. After a miserable start to the season under Clint Hurdle, expectations were at an all time high, and Jason Marquis did not disappoint. After throwing 8 innings of 6-hit shutout ball, Huston Street nailed down a perfect 9th and the Rockies took the game from San Diego. Colorado only mustered 4 hits on the day, but also walked 7 times and benefited from a Kevin Kouzmanoff error to ultimately take the day from the Friars. Final Score: 3-0.

So as it stands, the Rockies are 3-2 when a new manager takes the helm. Judging how it's Saturday and most everyone is out doing things in this record November heat, I'd wager this new administration is playing about .500 ball...right? Right?


Thanks to ATF's dilligence:

Devil_fingers (Matt Klaassen of fangraphs) and Craig Calcaterra were discussing the Rockies, each in agreement that the rockies are the favorites in the NL West next year.

Thanks to SDcat09's dilligence:

Rockies' Rex Brothers pitching in the 2010 Arizona Fall League's rising stars game

Brothers has pitched 8IP over 7 games, striking out 13 batters while only allowing 2BB and 1 HR. While it's only the Arizona Fall League, these are still pretty promising signs.