The Colorado Rockies will take the field at home Wednesday night without the services of Eric Young Jr.
Jorge De La Rosa gets the start for the Rockies versus the Washington Nationals. However, due to a cut on his finger Colorado is concerned about the number of innings De La Rosa can throw. Because of the concern, the Rockies had to activate Chris Volstad from Colorado Springs. To make room for Volstad, Young has been designated for assignment.
Although this won’t be seen as earth shattering news at the MLB level, or maybe even a real surprise to those who religiously follow the Rockies, the news certainly tugs at the emotional side of any long time Rockies fan.
The Young name has deeply rooted tradition in Denver. EY Jr. is the son of first year Rockies’ second baseman and long time fan favorite Eric Young. Together, the father and son team have been a part of the Rockies organization for almost three-quarters of the franchise’s existence. In fact, elder Young hit the first Colorado home run in franchise history at the old Mile High Stadium.
The writing seems to have been on the wall for some time when it came to young. Each new talent brought up from the Colorado Springs Sky Sox have simply been nails all season long when starting for the big club.
D.J. LeMahieu who is batting .345 since the Rockies called him up from the Sky Sox has primarily occupied Young’s mainstay of second base. With the pandemic of outfield injuries recently, Young was seeing time in the outfield for Colorado. But he never hit a stride from the plate, struggling all year on offense.
The proverbial straw would be the emergence of recent call up Tyler Colvin. Colvin has had a RBI in each of his games since joining the Rockies including two home runs in Tuesday’s victory over the Nationals.
Young could again be a member of the Rockies in the future if he clears waiver due to this being his first designation for assignment. However, for now, the Rockies have a young roster but no Young on the roster.
This was a business move with the team’s best interest in mind, understandable. That said, it’s hard not to believe a temporary black cloud has set over the Rockies’ 20-year celebration. Young grew up with the Rockies as one of the star’s sons and later grew as a ball player within the organization. The Rockies have been a huge part of the Young family and the Young family has been a huge part of the Rockies.
Win, lose or draw – it’s a bummer day in Colorado.