Troy Tulowitski will no longer suit up for the Colorado Rockies. Instead, the star shortstop will heading north to play for the Toronto Blue Jays.
The right-handed slugger will trade grass for turf, with his home games now played at the Rogers Centre in Toronto after hitting the left side of the infield for nine seasons at Coors Field in Colorado. With Tulowitski heading to the Blue Jays, Toronto sent former New York Mets fan favorite Jose Reyes to Colorado, along with three pitching prospects. The Rockies also sent 42-year-old relief pitcher LaTroy Hawkins to the Blue Jays in the deal.
Tulowitski, who wore the Nike Air Huarache Pro cleats in the Rockies colorway throughout the season, is batting .300 for the year with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 87 games played. The Santa Clara, California native is a career .299 hitter with 188 home runs, 657 RBIs and a .513 slugging percentage.
The shortstop has hit the field in the past in player editions of Nike trainers and cleats, including the Nike Air Huarache 2K4 Low and the Zoom Revis.
Tulowitski famously idolized New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter growing up, leading him to choose to play Jeter’s position and wear his number. So it’s no surprise that Tulowitski wears Nike on the field, since Brand Jordan, a Nike subsidiary, sponsored Jeter throughout his career.