Clayton Kershaw was named as the Colorado fan base’s nemesis in a recent MLB.com article and the people we talked to certainly agreed. Rockies fans absolutely won’t forget “Tyler-Gate” back in 2017 when Kershaw voiced his displeasure with former Colorado pitcher Tyler Anderson taking too long to get off the field … in a regular-season game … in April.
Yep, that’s the kind of thing that will make an opposing fan base cheer against you every time.
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In his career, Kershaw is 24-8 with a 3.22 ERA in 43 career starts against the Rockies. He carries an attitude and has been successful against Colorado for a long time. That’s a recipe for hatred within the fan base right there.
Speaking of success, Madison Bumgarner has had plenty of that in his career, including three World Series titles. His 17 wins against the Rockies are the most against any team and he’s been particularly good against them everywhere but Coors Field, where his 4.56 ERA balloons his overall ERA against the Rockies to 3.20.
Several Rockies fans I spoke to, however, were more than happy to see Bumgarner sign a five-year, $85 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks this offseason. Why? Arizona gave up a lot of money for a guy on the back end of his career was the common response. True to point, Bumgarner struggled in 2020 with a back injury and posted a 6.48 ERA and negative bWAR (-0.3) for the first time in his career.
“Couldn’t have happened to a better guy,” one friend told me.
So would you root for any of these five players if they played for the Rockies? Is there another player we should have included? Let us know in the comments section below.