Rockies owner Dick Monfort says team did not meet “high” expectations in letter to fans


Franchise owner Dick Monfort declared the Rockies’ four-year playoff drought “not acceptable” in a letter sent to season-ticket holders Monday morning.

Writing that “excuses serve no purpose,” Monfort did not mince words expressing his disappointment in a Rockies season that finished with the team at the bottom of the NL West standings for the first time in seven years.

“Our expectations were high going into the 2022 season, but unfortunately, we did not meet those expectations,” Monfort wrote. “It has now been four years since our last postseason appearance, and this is not acceptable.”

The Rockies signed free agent outfielder Kris Bryant to a seven-year, $182 million contract prior to the season, but the one-time MVP appeared in just 42 games while dealing with back and foot injuries.

Without their prized offseason acquisition providing a consistent presence, the team stumbled to a 68-94 record that tied the 2004 and ’15 teams for the fifth-worst record in franchise history. That included a 27-54 mark away from Coors Field that was fourth-worst in franchise history.

As has been the case each of the past four seasons — all below .500 — the Rockies’ struggles were pronounced on the road. They finished with just 51 home runs and a .225 batting average in those games (both worst in Major League Baseball), while the pitching staff posted a road ERA of 4.83 that was fourth-worst in MLB.

The team also committed the fifth-most errors (99) in majors with the fifth-worst fielding percentage (.983).

“Our road record was abysmal, our defense was not what we are accustomed to, our situational hitting was disappointing, and our pitching was inconsistent,” Monfort wrote. “Excuses serve no purpose, and we are committed to devoting all our efforts this off-season to improving this team for 2023.”

“… We all want the same thing,” Monfort wrote near the end of his letter. “That is why we are more dedicated than ever to bringing you a Rockies Championship.”

Spinning things forward, Monfort expressed enthusiasm for the franchise’s young prospects.

Mentioned by name among those who appeared with the big league club in 2022: starter Ryan Felter, outfielder Sean Bouchard, first baseman Michael Toglia, corner infielder Elehuris Montero and shortstop Ezequiel Tovar.


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