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Dinger is the official mascot of the Colorado Rockies, a Major League Baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. They are in the Western Division of the National League. The team is named after the Rocky Mountains which pass through Colorado. The Colorado Rockiesí Franchise was started as part of the 1985 Major League Baseball expansion that included the Rockies and the Marlins.

On July 5, 1991, baseball owners accepted the Rockies into the Major Leagues. The Rockies played in their first game in 1993 in Denver Colorado at Coors Field. The Rockies of 1995, with a record of 77 wins and 67 losses, claimed the National League Wild Card. This was the first time that a team had reached the playoff in less than eight seasons. After winning the Wild Card the Rockies would lose to Atlanta in the Division Series. Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, is at an elevation of 5200 feet above sea level.

 

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The stadium was built at a cost of 215 million dollars. The stadium is most noted for being a hitter's park and allowing batters to hit, on average, more home runs than anywhere else in the Major Leagues. The baseball park is located at the highest elevation amongst all ball parks. The altitude of the stadium provides the batter with the advantage because the atmosphere is thinner. The thinner atmosphere allows the balls to travel further in comparison to ballparks at lower elevations. In 1999, the Rockies set a Major League record by hitting 303 home runs.

The stadium includes 63 luxury suites and 4,500 club seats. The stadium is best known for its reputation as a homer-friendly park. Though the fences are actually more distant than in most other stadiums, the high altitude - the playing field is just barely short of a mile above sea level - means that air resistance to hit baseballs is cut by as much as 10%. The high altitude also lessens the ability of pitchers to throw effective breaking balls. This, combined with the open spaces in the outfield due to the far fences, the low height of the fences and the small size of foul territory have combined to produce a stadium as problematic for pitchers as any in the major leagues.

 

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The stadium was originally planned to be somewhat smaller, seating only 43,800. After the Rockies first season in 1993, however, it became clear that the team was far more popular than initially expected, and the plans were updated as the stadium was under construction. Most of the additional seats were added in the center field bleacher section, known as the Rockpile. Dinger, their mascot works year-round promoting physical fitness and literacy for thousands of elementary school students in the Rocky Mountain Region. He acts out his own Dinger Story for the kids. He also makes appearances at The Children's Hospital and Denver Health. He makes appearances at Rockies events including the 5K Home Run, Rockies Rookies Kids Fan Club events and many more.

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