Mar 29, 2024 - Sports

The Rockies are back, hoping to avoid another losing season

A baseball player in a white pinstriped jersey with the word ROCKIES on the chest looks on after hitting a home run. He is wearing a black hat and white gloves. In the background, a huge crowd looks on.

Nolan Jones hits a home run in the fourth inning at Coors Field on October 1, 2023 in Denver. Photo: Helen H. Richardson/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images

The Colorado Rockies had a historic 2023 season. It just wasn't the kind you want to brag about.

The big picture: The ball club racked up 100 losses in a single season for the first time in franchise history, ending with a 59-103 record — and a hell of a way to commemorate their 30th anniversary.

Why it matters: The Rockies must decide whether they will continue sliding into irrelevance or lay the groundwork for a major turnaround.

  • They lost on Opening Day Thursday 16-1 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Between the lines: Just like last season, preseason predictions for this year aren't kind. Most sports outlets are projecting just over 50 wins yet again.

What they're saying: "We were too OK with it. At times," pitcher Kyle Freeland recently told the Post.Obviously, we want to win every night. We are going out there trying to win ball games."

The intrigue: The Rockies should look at the Texas Rangers — the 2023 World Series winners — for a blueprint at how to turn things around.

  • The Rangers went from zeroes to heroes in just two years after spending more than a half-billion dollars on hitters, betting on a young star, bringing back a celebrated manager and changing its front office, writes Axios Dallas' Tasha Tsiaperas.

Reality check: That's a pretty lengthy to do list for a ballclub whose owners, the Monforts, face perpetual calls to sell the team.

The bottom line: Hope springs eternal, as they say, so we will hope to avoid another long, dry, miserable season at Coors Field.

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