On failed expections, the loss of Kris Bryant, hope for 2023


Bill Schmidt’s first full season as the Rockies’ general manager was highlighted by the signing of outfielder Kris Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million contract and the hope that the club would be, if not a playoff team, then at least in the hunt.

But injuries have limited Bryant to 42 games and he won’t play again this season. And the Rockies headed into Saturday night’s game against San Diego in last place in the National League West with a 65-86 record and on pace to finish the season 70-92.

“Needless to say, this season hasn’t met our expectations,” Schmidt said Saturday as he met with media prior to the penultimate home game of the season. “But at the same point, a lot of good things happen that don’t show up every day. And I say that in terms of our minor leagues and some of the foundational pieces that we are going to need going forward.”

Schmidt began his interview session by making a point to thank Rockies fans, who’ve given the Rockies’ the 11th-best home attendance in the majors, averaging 32,191 fans per game at Coors Field.

“Their backing is not lost on our staff or the players,” Schmidt said. “We don’t take that for granted and we truly appreciate everything they do for us.”

Schmidt fielded a wide array of questions. Following are some of the highlights:

—  When making such a huge investment in Bryant, were there concerns about the consequences if he didn’t produce?

“No, I’m not negative. There’s no reason to have that feeling because Kris has always (teed) it up. It was little, freakish injuries — the back, plantar fasciitis. You can’t plan (for that).”

— Where did the Rockies come up short in 2022?

“We didn’t play defense to the standards that we normally play. And our situational hitting left a lot to be desired, at times.”

— How did the offense perform after it was targeted as the club’s top priority in the last offseason?


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