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Established in 1993: Rockies and Marlins, all time

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Colorado Rockies news and links for Tuesday, June 8, 2021

The 29th chapter of the 1993 Expansion rivalry will open this evening. It may be distant and perhaps negligible as a rivalry, but tonight marks the next rendition of twin siblings showing off how far they have come—and how different they really are.

Colorado Rockies vs. Florida/Miami Marlins

Team Ballparks Team Color Changes Division Titles World Series Titles World Series Appearances Postseason Appearances 100-Loss Seasons Total Attendance - 2019
Team Ballparks Team Color Changes Division Titles World Series Titles World Series Appearances Postseason Appearances 100-Loss Seasons Total Attendance - 2019
Colorado Rockies 2 0 0 0 1 5 0 2,993,244
Miami Marlins 2 2 0 2 2 3 3 811,302

All-time series: Marlins lead 111-100.

Both teams joined the National League in 1993 and have collected a combined two championships, three NL pennants, eight postseason appearances—and zero division titles. Both teams have been forced to power through a postseason(s) as wild cards, as neither have tasted the perennial success of a few division rivals.

The last several years of Rockies history has been hindered by eight consecutive division titles by the Dodgers. Miami’s experience in the NL East has shown a striking similarity before, as the Atlanta Braves won their division for 11 consecutive seasons (1995-2005) and prevented anyone else from rising to divisional supremacy.

Any division will have separation between top and bottom—of course—but several teams have established themselves atop these divisional standings for a distinctly long period of time since 1993. The NL West’s San Francisco Giants won three titles in five years (2010, 2012, 2014), while the NL East’s Philadelphia Phillies won consecutive pennants in 2008 and 2009.

For both the Rockies and Marlins, it’s been a 28-year roller coaster between dead last and the divisional second—and it’s been a slate of divisional dynasties that have kept them from cementing a first-place divisional finish.

Miami landed themselves the Commissioner’s Trophy in both 1997 and 2003. It’s easy to point at championships as a measure for team success, but the Marlins have also appeared in the pit of 100-loss despair quite often, They lost a record 108 games in 1998, and have surpassed the century mark in three different seasons. Colorado had but a mere taste of the World Series in 2007, but their record 98 losses in 2012 has been matched six different times in Miami.

The roller coaster has been a little more extreme for the Marlins, but the highs and lows have been there for both.

A true separator, however, is just how many people are along for the ride.

The Marlins welcomed 811,302 fans through their gates in 2019, which was a mere 27 percent of what the Rockies saw that year (2,993,244). Miami was the only team in baseball to dip below the 1 million mark in 2019, and it seems the lure of a ‘newer’ ballpark began to run thin. Coors Field stands as the third-oldest park in the National League, and only the Angels, Cubs, Yankees, Cardinals and Dodgers saw more fans in 2019.

Marlins ownership in 2012 opted for a lime green paradise at the formerly-named Marlins Park, complete with a noticeable sculpture in left-center field. Newer owners have presented a toned down color scheme at the newly-renamed loanDepot park, and prefer the sculpture outside. (Even the outfield nightclub is gone.)

(Author’s note: The official style is indeed “loanDepot park” and not “LoanDepot Park.” Could you imagine “coors field” not capitalized?)

Compared to the Marlins’ home, Coors Field has been a model of consistency. Scoreboard enhancements, the Bridich Barrier and the Rooftop are some of the few changes at 20th and Blake since the ballpark opened in 1995. Coors seems to have embraced the ‘baseball cathedral’ aura, while the contemporary construction in Miami has become even more contemporary with their recent installation of artificial turf.

As far as the ‘ballpark battle’ is concerned, it appears Coors Field has established itself while Miami’s ballpark has seen excessive change and little consistency in less than a decade of existence.

The Rockies began the 2021 season with their third-ever general manager and will name a fourth* at the end of the year (*if acting interim Bill Schmidt isn’t counted). The Marlins recently named Kim Ng their fifth GM in franchise history; five is relatively comparable to Colorado, but it has largely been the Miami ownership that has differed more than the Rockies have. Colorado has maintained the Monfort brothers, to varying degrees, in the franchise ownership group since team inception, while the changing Marlins ownership can be reflected like the changes to their ballpark.

Even their uniforms have been inconsistent: the Marlins have ventured from black and teal, to Marlins Man orange, and to their current tropical scheme. Meanwhile, the Rockies have simply changed to a more vibrant purple in 2017 and made some subtle tweaks to otherwise classic uniforms.

We at least know one thing about the Rockies: we have generally come to know what to expect on several accounts. For the Marlins, the historical expectation seems to be far less determined. We’ll see who takes the upper hand in head-to-head action this year as the series commences in Miami.

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On the farm

The Isotopes were able to muster up four runs in the bottom of the ninth, but the late push fell short as Las Vegas held onto a one-run lead. Ryan Castellani started for Albuquerque and allowed most of the opposing damage, giving up five runs in 4 13 innings before Antonio Santos allowed three runs of his own (2 23 IP).

Albuquerque’s two-through-five hitters—Greg Bird, Connor Joe, Taylor Motter and Sam Hilliard—all had multi-hit games. Bird, Motter and Hilliard hit home runs, contributing for a combined four of Albuquerque’s eight runs on the night. Jose Briceño posted two hits of his own in the seventh position.

Joe Harvey pitched a scoreless eighth inning; his ERA remains at 0.00 through 11 13 innings of work this year. Albuquerque will close out their six-game set with Las Vegas today before riding a Wednesday off day into a series with Salt Lake, beginning on Thursday.

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