Thursday 13 December 2012

Bret Saberhagen: One of Every Rockie

Bret Saberhagen only pitched in 9 regular season games for the Colorado Rockies, but he is still the answer to a franchise trivia question as he is the only pitcher to wear a Rockies jersey that has won a Cy Young award. Saberhagen was named the best pitcher in the American League in 1985 and 1989 with the Royals and led the league in value with 9.2 WAR according to In 1991 he was traded to the Mets and pitched for New York until being traded to the Rockies in July of 1995. When the trade was made the Rockies were leading the NL West with a 2.5 game lead on the Dodgers and looking to make their first playoff appearance. Saberhagen would make 9 starts for Colorado going 2-1 with a 6.28 ERA and while the Rockies would finish one game back of the Dodgers in the division they would make the playoffs as the Wild Card team, but would lose to the Braves in the NLDS with Saberhagen getting the loss in the final game giving up 6 runs over 4 innings. He would miss all of 1996 with an injury and would return in 1997 with the Red Sox.

The Mets didn't get much value from the trade either getting pitcher Juan Acevedo who made his MLB debut in 1995 for the Rockies with a 4-6 record and a 6.44 ERA before the trade. He would make his Mets debut in 1997 going 3-1 with a 3.59 ERA and was then traded to the Cardinals prior to the 1998 season. Acevedo would return to Colorado in 2001 as part of a eight year career that he would play with eight teams.

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