In The Midst Of Career Year, Rockies' Oberg Becomes A Dad
Aug 20, 2018 11:41PM
By Bill Gilman
Colorado Rockies reliever Scott Oberg, of Tewksbury. (Photo courtesy of Rockies Twitter account.)
The Rockies made a roster move on Tuesday in Houston ahead of the start of their six-game road trip, placing reliever Scott Oberg on the paternity list and recalling infielder Garrett Hampson from Triple-A Albuquerque in a corresponding move.
For Colorado Rockies' relief pitcher Scott Oberg, 2018 has been a dream year.
And it just got a whole lot better.
In the middle of the best season of his Major League career, Oberg and his wife, Diana Fillpek, welcomed their first child, a girl on Aug. 13. Charlotte Rose Oberg checked in at 8 pounds, 3 ounces and is 21 ¾ inches tall. The couple kept themselves in the dark about the gender of the baby until the delivery. Both mother and child are doing very well.
“My perspective has definitely changed a little bit,” said Oberg, in an interview with the Denver Post. “Moving forward, I see things a little bit different.”
Oberg, the former Tewksbury High and UConn star, took paternity leave to be at the birth and spend time with his family in the days following.
Oberg has been enjoying an outstanding season and the time off didn't slow him down. He returned to action on Aug. 18, working a scoreless 7th inning in a 5-3 win over Atlanta. In 36 appearances this season, Oberg is 7-0, with a 3.03 ERA and a WHIP of 1.234.
His career season could not come at a better time. Oberg, 27, makes the Major League minimum of $509,500. But this off-season, he will be eligible for salary arbitration for the first time and will be in for a substantial raise.