Former Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman is still close to a few former teammates
When Christian Bergman broke in with the Colorado Rockies in 2014, they were a young team. Their offensive players were the fifth-youngest in the sport and their pitching staff was the league-average in age (28.5 years old). However, that included pitcher LaTroy Hawkins, who was 41 and the oldest player in the NL at the time.
Bergman said that despite playing for the Rockies six to eight years ago and being out of baseball since 2019, he is still “very close” with his former pitching teammates Chad Bettis and Tyler Matzek. Bettis retired after the 2020 season and Matzek is with the Atlanta Braves after he was out of MLB for a number of years.
He also spoke well of new Rockies pitching coach Darryl Scott. Scott was promoted to the pitching coach spot this offseason after spending two seasons as the Rockies bullpen coach. Bergman said that Scott “probably had the biggest influence” on his career.
Bergman was also asked about the best player he has ever seen play in person. Despite facing Mike Trout four times in his career, Bergman went with someone else.
“Nolan Arenado is the best player I’ve ever seen in person, probably on both sides (offensively and defensively) of the ball.”