Rockies Caravan Plans to Go to Albuquerque, Albuquerque Journal
Bud Black, manager of the New Colorado Rockies, comes to Albuquerque to paint over the profusion of Dodger blue in Duke City with some Rockies purple.
On Friday, January 27, the 2017 Colorado Rockies Winter Caravan will roll into Albuquerque to enjoy a lunch sponsored by Isotopes, their Triple-A partner, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
Black has lunch with Colorado players Trevor Story, Mike Dunn, Adam Ottavino and the Rockies mascot Dinger.
Story played 61 games with the Isotopes in 2015 and scored 27 home runs in 97 games with the Rockies last season.
Ottavino has played 223 games with a 3.36 ERA in five seasons with Colorado.
Black, who was hired as the new Rockies manager in November, played 15 seasons with the majors. He won a World Series ring in 1985 as a starting pitcher with the Kansas City Royals and in 2002 as a pitching coach with the Los Angeles Angels.
Black headed the San Diego Padres from 2007 to 2015 and spent the 2016 season as an assistant in the Angels’ front office.
Black has experience in Albuquerque playing against the New Mexico Lobos and the Albuquerque Dukes, San Diego, at the old sports stadium when he was a minor.
But now Black is excited to show Albuquerque fans what his team is about.
“I look forward to going there and talking about baseball and representing the Colorado Rockies organization,” said Black.
“Albuquerque is a great city and it’s going to be a lot of fun.”
The other new member of the Rockies on the Caravan will be making a homecoming of sorts.
Mike Dunn, a left-hander, grew up in Farmington and played for Piedra Vista before moving to Las Vegas, Nevada for his senior year, where he still lives in the off-season.
After playing at the College of Southern Nevada, Dunn was selected in the 33rd round with the New York Yankees’ 999th overall victory. He was originally drafted as an outfielder, but the Yankees turned him into a pitcher. He made his MLB debut with the Yankees in September 2009 and was traded to the Atlanta Braves in December of that year.
In 2010, Dunn was traded to the Marlins, where he spent the past six seasons. After an ERA of 3.59 in 405 games with the Marlins, Dunn signed a three-year $ 19 million deal with the Rockies in December.
“It’s difficult, but I’ve been to three organizations in my career,” said Dunn. “It’s just part of the business.”
High altitude Colorado seems like an unlikely target for a couple of pitchers like Black and Dunn, but both said taking the hill at Coors Field was nothing to fear.
“The way I see it, both teams have to line up there,” said Black.
“That is not a disadvantage. If you get good places and throw strikes, you will get out. “
Dunn has allowed two runs and scored eight in five career innings at Coors Field.
“It’s about the mindset,” said Dunn. “You just focus on getting the guy on the plate out and you don’t worry about the other things.”
But before Black, Dunn and Co. try to get out in Denver, they’re hoping to get some Albuquerque fans to talk about the Rockies.
Lunch tickets are $ 30 per person or $ 275 for a table of 10 and must be ordered by Friday.
The net proceeds will benefit the Lobo Little League so that it can recover from theft and vandalism in 2016.
Lunch in the winter caravan
In the ABQ Convention Center
Appears: Manager Bud Black, pitcher Mike Dunn and Adam Ottavino, shortstop Trevor Story, mascot things
11:15 am: Questions and answers, autographs
11:45 am: Luncheon Fundraiser for the benefit of the Lobo Little League, organized by the ABQ Isotopes. Tickets: USD 30 / person, USD 275 / table of ten. Call 924-BALL by Friday. The Rockies will be equal to the net proceeds.
1:30 p.m .: Lobo LL press conference, excursion (open to the public)