The Rockies have paid tribute to original manager Don Baylor, who passed away this week following a lengthy battle with multiple myeloma, with the inclusion of this display in the lobby at Coors Field. It highlights the career of Baylor, who as well as managing the team from 1993-1998 returned as hitting coach for manager Clint Hurdle in 2009 and remained through 2010 after Jim Tracy replaced Hurdle as manager midway through the 2009 season. Hurdle was the hitting coach on Baylor’s staff in 1997 and 1998.
Baylor compiled a 440-469 record in six years as the team’s manager, a .484 winning percentage despite the fact he was in charge of an expansion team. The Rockies were 67-95 in 1993 and 53-64 in 1994, but claimed the first wild-card in NL history in 1995 with a 77-67 record. That was the first of three winning seasons for the Rockies under Baylor, who was let go after the team went 77-85 in 1998.
The Rockies have had a winning record in only four of the 18 years since Baylor was fired — 2007 (90-73) and 2009 (92-70) when they also earned wild-card invites to the post-season, as well as 2000 (82-80) and 2010 (83-79).