This offseason and particularly during the MLB lockout, MLB Trade Rumors has had some Q&A’s with a number of former MLB players. That continued on Wednesday with former Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman.
Bergman played in the majors for parts of five seasons and pitched for the Rockies in the majors from 2014 through 2016.
Throughout the nearly two-hour-long Q&A, Bergman answered a slew of questions, and many of them involved his time with the Rockies, some experiences in the minors, and some of the people that he is closest to with the Rockies.
Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman was asked about how it was to pitch in Coors Field
Coors Field has always been a place that pitchers feared because of the elevation. However, in recent years, the Colorado Rockies have been able to figure out how to pitch better there.
Just before the Rockies really started seeing success there and success in general, Christian Bergman was on the Rockies. One person asked him if the elevation messed with him and if he ever had instances where the ball would fly out of Coors. Bergman said it was more about pitch location.
“In Colorado at least, the hard part wasn’t as (many) popups turning into HRs, it was more getting your pitches to do what you wanted,” said Bergman. “When I was in Colorado Springs (the Triple-A affiliate for the Rockies through 2014), I had to take about 5 mph off my curveball just to get it to do what I wanted it to do. If you overthrow a pitch it tends to just go straight so (the) margin for error is small.”