LAS VEGAS — Paul Egins, one of the Rockies original hires and the current director of Major League Operatons, was honored as the receipent of the Donald Davidson Major League Baseball Traveling Secretary of the Year during the annual Winter Meetings this week.
Egins joined the Rockies on Sept. 30, 1991, slightly more than 18 months before the expansion franchise played its first game. He served as an assistant director of player development until 1997 when he was promoted to the director of player development, and then, following the 1999 season moved into his current role, where his responsbilities include arranging travel for members of the organization.
Egins came to the Rockies from the Atlanta Braves, where he became a mentee of Hank Aaron. Initially the trainer at Low-A Burlington for two years, he moved into the Braves front office as a special assistant to Aaron for the 1990 and 1991 seasons before joining the Rockies.
In the years before the Rockies played their first game, he was involved in amateur scouting, and the first player he turned in as a draft candidate was Craig Counsell, a shortstop from Notre Dame, whom the Rockies selected and signed out of the 11th round in 1992.