At the end of the season, we had a chance to exclusively talk to a number of different Colorado Rockies about their 2019 season, 2020 outlook, and some other things. One of them that we spoke to was the Rockies shortstop Trevor Story.
In 2019, Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story continued to show why he is one of the best shortstops in all of baseball as many of the numbers that he posted offensively were very similar to the numbers he had in 2018.
Defensively, he was 2nd among shortstops in Defensive Runs Saved, according to Fangraphs, as he was only behind Nick Ahmed, who had 19 DRS compared to Story’s 18 but Ahmed also played 123 1/3 innings more at shortstop than Story this season.
However, the Rockies lost 20 more games in 2019 than they did in 2018.
As the season came to a close, Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry got a chance to talk with Story and he conveyed some of his thoughts about the season coming to a close and the silver linings of 2019.
"“[It’s a]lways bittersweet,” said Story, “because we’re so blessed to be able to play this game at the level that we do and I think you need to remember that sometimes. [Us MLB players] are in a great spot. It’s easy to look at how bad the season went and all the bad things [but sometimes], we just need to remember that we get to play baseball for a living and appreciate that. That gives us something to look forward to next year for sure.”"
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While there were rumblings throughout the season about how there was potential turmoil in the Rockies clubhouse because of the struggles that they endured, at least by the end of the season, Story believes that they actually became even closer.
"“[We were v]ery resilient, I think,” said Story. “This year made us come closer as a team, chemistry-wise. We’ve always been pretty tight but when you go through tough times, it brings you closer and that’s something we can lean on for the future.”"
As they head into the offseason, like most of the rest of the Rockies, Story will take a few weeks to recover but then it’s back to business.
"“[I’ll t]ake a couple of weeks off [to] let my body heal and rest,” said Story, “and then get back at it and try to get stronger again and faster again and work my baseball skills because, in this game, you can never really master it. There’s some little things here and there that I want to clean up so I’m excited for [the offseason].”"
Once the postseason ends, with the numbers that Story put up in 2019, he could be seeing his name in some award shows as he could get some MVP votes and perhaps, even win a Gold Glove Award.