The Rockies will take on the Colorado Rockies in Denver on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.
MT (9:05 a.m., CT) when they take on Texas A&M in an all-star game in front of an estimated 35,000 fans.
The game is being played in Denver as part of the Rocky Mountain League’s annual All-Star weekend and is a first-ever time a Major League Baseball team will take the field on home soil for a game at Mile High Stadium.
Rockies fans have been clamoring for a team to come to Colorado to play since they opened up their baseball operations facility in 2008, and the team finally got that opportunity with the signing of Rockies pitching coach Jeff Banister in July.
Banister, a longtime Rockies assistant, helped the Rockies win their first three MLB pennants and a World Series title in 2011.
The Rockies also went on to win the National League West in 2014 and finished the season with a 10-6 record, their best mark in 10 years.
This year, the Rockies were on pace to win their third straight NL West title, which would put them in first place in the division and within striking distance of the first wild-card spot.
Banisters first full season as the Rockies pitching coordinator is expected to be his last as a manager and manager of a major league team.
Banning’s first full MLB season was 2011 with the Minnesota Twins, where he was a member of the team that won the World Series.
Banner, who has been a major-league staff member since 2003, spent seven seasons with the Colorado organization and helped the team to three World Series titles.
He was named a Major Leaguer of the Year in 2006.
The team’s farm system is loaded with talented young talent, and Banister’s success as a staff coach has helped the Colorado farm system to develop some of the most talented prospects in baseball.
Ban’s success at Colorado has also helped to solidify the Rockies farm system as one of the best in the National Baseball League.
Ban is known as a hard-nosed coach who is a master tactician.
He has the ability to create some very difficult situations for his players, and it shows in his coaching.
The Colorado Rockies were known for their farm system, which included a high draft pick in 2006 that became the Rockies second overall pick, and their high draft picks in the past three years.
Ban was instrumental in securing the services of Rockies first baseman Ryan McMahon, who was selected in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft by the Colorado Angels.
McMahon, a former first baseman, played four seasons for the Angels after playing his entire career at the University of California-Irvine.
McMahon has been one of baseball’s most successful young first baseman in his short career, hitting .286 with 17 homers, 56 RBIs and a .733 OPS in just under a full season.
McMahon is currently batting .273 with seven homers, 21 RBIs, a .725 OPS and a 3.02 ERA over 29 games.
The 30-year-old is a perfect complement to the talented young core the Rockies have in place at the position.
Ban has been in charge of the Rockies for a number of seasons, including a two-year stint with the Kansas City Royals in 2017.
He joined the Royals organization after spending two seasons with Colorado.
Ban also spent three seasons as the pitching coach with the San Diego Padres and his tenure in charge lasted from 2009 to 2012.
Ban helped the Padres win a division title and was named manager of the year in 2010.
He spent three more seasons with Kansas City, finishing his career with a 9-5 record and the Padres to the playoffs in 2014.
Ban spent the past two seasons as a scout for the Chicago Cubs, helping to bring in top prospects such as Jon Lester, Kris Bryant and Mike Montgomery.