Despite big changes, Trevor Story confident in Colorado Rockies roster
By Kevin Henry
It will absolutely be a season of change for the Colorado Rockies in 2019, but the Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop still believes that the pieces are there for the team to make a deep postseason run.
Trevor Story is coming off his best offensive season and has put himself into the conversation for Gold Glove honors in a very deep talent pool in the National League at shortstop. In a season where he bashed 37 home runs, including the longest in Coors Field history, there is plenty for Story to reflect back upon when it comes to measuring success. Story explained to me on Friday that looking back at those good moments is important for him heading into his fourth season with the Colorado Rockies.
“It’s important for me and that’s a part of my routine every offseason,” Story told me in an exclusive chat. “I look at the stuff that I do well, as well as the other way as well. I’m big on positive affirmations and having those things in my mind.”
At the moment, Story provides the stability and calm for the Rockies in the infield. Nolan Arenado is heading toward a potential arbitration hearing as his salary for this season is still up in the air in what could be his final season with the Rockies. DJ LeMahieu is no longer manning second base as Garrett Hampson and Ryan McMahon will battle for the position. Daniel Murphy will likely make his Rockies debut while Ian Desmond will shift to the outfield as Colorado looks for an answer at first base.
There is a lot going on in Colorado’s infield. Story, however, says that there is one constant.
“The goal doesn’t change. Our goal is to win the World Series,” Story said. “We feel like we still have the group that can do that.”
And what of the changes that have seen veterans like LeMahieu, Gerardo Parra and Carlos Gonzalez no longer in the clubhouse? Story is focusing on the positives being brought in by Colorado’s major offseason free agent signing.
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“We obviously did lose some of our big guys but added a big guy as well in Daniel Murphy,” Story said. “I think he’s going to be a big aspect of our team. He’s a veteran, unbelievable hitter and unbelievable guy from what I hear.”
Last season, Story went 3-for-6 in Colorado’s Wild Card win over the Chicago Cubs but struggled (along with the rest of the Colorado offense) against Milwaukee in the National League Division Series, going 2-for-12. Those struggles are helping to fuel Story for 2019.
“That’s one of the biggest driving factors for me, personally. Leaving with that bad taste in your mouth, especially getting swept,” Story said. “We ran into the Brewers and we could’ve done better than we showed. Next year, we’ll be more prepared and have a little bit more experience under our belt and I think we’ll play better.”
Yes, Story is counting on a return to the postseason again in 2019 for the Rockies. If Colorado does make its third consecutive trip to the playoffs, it will likely be because of another solid season by Story.