PHOENIX — Trevor Story says he doesn’t pay a lot of attention to statistics. At least not during the season.
But two numbers — actually the combination of two numbers — mean a lot to the Rockies’ two-time all-star shortstop.
In his six seasons with Colorado, Story hit 158 homers and stole 100 bases. His 100th theft came Friday night at Chase Field. It not only put him in the 20/20 club for the season (20 homers, 20 steals) for the third time, he also became just the seventh player in major league history to hit 150 homers and steal 100 bases in his first six seasons.
“That was huge, honestly,” Story said before the Rockies finished their season Sunday with a 5-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. “I pride myself on doing those things. I’m trying to be a complete player and it meant a lot. The 20/20 means a lot to me. It might not to a lot of people, but it does to me.”
Story will soon be a free agent and he confirmed Sunday that there have been no discussions with the Rockies about a new contract. The Rockies are certainly going to make him a qualifying offer, which Story is expected to reject. Then he will begin fielding offers from other teams. He said he has a short list of teams he’s interested in, but he did not divulge those teams.
“We’re going to set some time out to have the conversations with the Rockies and obviously some other teams as well,” Story said. “Hearing the plan and what they project going forward is important.”
Hiring the GM. When the Rockies announced Saturday that they were removing the interim label from Bill Schmidt’s title and promoting him to permanent general manager, the question was raised about whether or not the Rockies had followed the so-called “Selig Rule.”
The rule requires major league teams, when hiring front-office and coaching personnel, to consider minorities and women. The goal is to make front offices and coaching staffs more diverse.
The Rockies, who did not conduct a search outside of the organization, said they communicated with Commissioner Rob Manfred’s office as they were considering promoting Schmidt.
“We’ve been communicating for the last month with Commissioner’s Office,” team president Greg Feasel said. “Yeah, they’re in the loop.”
Footnotes. Reliever Daniel Bard, who made his major league debut with Boston on May 13, 2009, finally got his first big-league hit on Sunday. In the third at-bat of his career, Bard led off the fifth with a line-drive single to left off Humberto Mejia. … Journeyman right-hander Ashton Goudeau started for the Rockies and pitched three scoreless innings, finishing the season with a 4.19 ERA. He figures into the Rockies’ plans next season as a long reliever who could provide depth to the rotation. … Before Saturday’s game, the Rockies designated right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez for assignment. The move was made to clear space on the 40-man roster.
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