Colorado Rockies: 3 Franchise Highlights for 2018

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Colorado and shortstops.

From Neifi Perez to Walt Weiss, Troy Tulowitzki to Trevor Story, the Colorado Rockies have always had top-tier talent at the shortstop position.  When the Rockies and Tulo broke-up after the shameful way the Rockies handled Tulo’s trade to the Toronto Blue Jays, there was concern that our days of having “that guy” at short were over.

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Colorado had Jose Reyes on the roster and had stashed Story since the 2011 draft, so when Reyes was suspended to start the 2016 season, the Rockies had a reliable solution in Story.

Trevor seized that opportunity and in his first regular season game for the Rockies, he took Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke deep for a three-run shot for his first major league hit.  In true Story form, he followed it up with another home run.  Two deep balls off of Greinke to start a career is a pretty high bar.

Trevor Story has repeatedly cleared that bar and after a down (for him) 2017, Story’s 2018 campaign was one for the books.  He pushed for MVP consideration with a torrid mid-season return from injury.  As mentioned, he was awarded the NL Silver Slugger for shortstop and he couldn’t have missed a Gold Glove by much.

Trevor set the Rockies all-time mark with the longest home run in MLB this season.  At 505 feet, it hardly seems possible the monster shot came from the bat of the 6’1″ Story but there’s video to confirm.

With the Rockies hopefully working on locking up Nolan Arenado and with the addition of Daniel Murphy at second, Colorado’s infield should remain a strength for years to come.  The power from the left side is absurd with Story and Arenado combining for 75 home runs in 2018.