DENVER -- First baseman Justin Morneau wasn't sure how he'd fit with the Rockies when he signed with them before last season. He was a Twins mainstay from his Major League debut in 2003 until August 2013, when he was dealt to the Pirates -- where he helped during a playoff run but admitted he felt like an outsider.
Morneau did more than fit with the Rockies. He won the National League batting title in 2014. His professionalism and mature hitting approach were part of the reason the Rockies, in need of pitching, asked such a high price in trade talks that the Marlins backed away. On top of it all, Morneau found a home with his new team.