Just three years ago, the Colorado Rockies won 93 games and made the playoffs. In 2012, the Rockies are currently 58-93 with 11 games left. The worst record that the Rockies have ever ended a season with is 67-95. They did it in their first season as a franchise in 1993 and again in 2005. The Rockies are currently mired in an eight-game losing streak and look like they're not going to just have the worst season in franchise history, but they're likely going to surpass the dreaded 100-loss threshold.
Miserable End To The Season
At the beginning of the month, I was feeling quite optimistic that the Rockies weren't going to break 90 losses. The Rockies went 16-13 in August (their only month in 2012 with a winning record) and started off September winning two out of their first three games. The four-man pitching rotation with the limited pitch count finally seemed to be paying dividends, and the Rockies young hitters were doing well.
However, the rest of September has been miserable. The Rockies, since that 2-1 start, have gone 3-15 the remainder of the month. They've lost eight in a row including getting swept by the rival San Francisco Giants last week. Instead of being a potential spoiler for a rival team's playoff hopes, the Rockies have been practically giving away wins.
Will This Historically Bad Season Result In Any Management Changes?
Many Rockies fans around town greatly dislike general manager Dan O'Dowd. O'Dowd has been the GM for the past 12 years and the Rockies have had a winning record in just four of those seasons. The fans were extremely frustrated that a man with such limited success with their team has the kind of ownership backing that O'Dowd was shown earlier in the season. O'Dowd was the "mastermind" behind the 75-pitch count this season, a thoroughly unconventional and highly ridiculed approach to managing the starting rotation. Many of his free agent moves in the off-season have not worked out. The fans are frustrated, and they place the blame for the lack of success by the Rockies on the man responsible for the entire team.
I really like manager Jim Tracy, but I understand if he ends up being fired after a season like this. Tracy has been hampered by a slew of veteran injuries (Troy Tulowitzki, Jorge De La Rosa, Michael Cuddyer, Todd Helton) and a roster of very young faces. Overall, though, I feel like the team has stuck together and had some very positive stretches despite the loss of many of their leaders.
The fans definitely deserve better than what they've been given with this baseball team. The Rockies' attendance this season has dropped off a little, but they're still averaging 32,785 fans a game in this horrible season. That's good enough for 13th out of 30 teams in the MLB. The fans want winning baseball in Denver. Hopefully Rockies ownership will hear them and make the needed changes up top to turn thrings around.
Julie is a featured sports contributor for the Yahoo Contributor Network. A lifelong baseball fan, she began an ardent Rockies fan upon moving to Colorado in 2001.
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