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Sunday, May 01, 2016

The strange saga of Jose Reyes is nearing an end. But what then? - The Denver Post

“I’d like to know exactly what happened,” Monfort said. “It’s easy for us all to speculate on whatever happened. But until we really know, it’s hard. You’re dealing with a guy’s life.

“But if he did something wrong, he should pay for it.”

How many people don’t agree with his statement? The Commissioner’s Office will find that ascertaining exactly what happened will be difficult, if not impossible, when the witnesses don’t want to testify.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 01, 2016 at 11:47 AM | 106 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Friday, April 22, 2016

Colorado Rockies’ Nolan Arenado puts on a show every game

I thought Arenado would be good, just not this good.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 22, 2016 at 01:54 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Rockies’ Trevor Story hits record 7th home run | MLB.com

This is great.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 10, 2016 at 07:49 PM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Saturday, April 09, 2016

Rockies’ Trevor Story hits 6th home run | MLB.com

Wonderboy stays hot.

Rockies rookie shortstop Trevor Story became the fifth player in Major League history to homer in four straight games to start a season, and the first to begin a season with six in four games when he went deep twice in a 13-9 loss to the Padres on Friday at Coors Field.

“I never would’ve thought that I’d start out like this, but it’s been great so far,” Story said.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 09, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Thursday, April 07, 2016

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas

The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are moving to San Antonio, Texas.

Sky Sox owner David Elmore and San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor announced in a city council meeting Thursday that the Milwaukee Brewers’ Triple-A affiliate is headed to Texas for the 2019 season, according to the San Antonio News-Express.

The move is contingent upon a new downtown baseball stadium.


Keep the Isotopes in Springfield!


Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Rockies rookie Trevor Story HRs into records | MLB.com

This is a great way to start off your career.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2016 at 05:26 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Monday, April 04, 2016

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado always rakes in a never-ending Wiffle Ball game

Charming.

Arenado plays Wiffle Ball at the end of every summer for 2½ months. This major-leaguer, he’s still a kid.

For 16 years, the Rockies’ star third baseman, with his brothers and cousins and friends, wage a never-ending, always-rambunctious game of Wiffle Ball in Lake Forest, Calif. The game is always the same, now and forever. They just have to wait until after the 162-game major-league season.

“It’s what we do. We go play Wiffle Ball,” Arenado said.

He is 24 now and about to start a fourth big-league season. He was 8 when the Wiffle Ball game started.

When each regular season ends, Arenado said he is usually angry that it’s done “because we didn’t go to the playoffs and baseball is over,” he said. “So the only thing I look forward to is Wiffle Ball.”

Perry Posted: April 04, 2016 at 10:09 AM | 26 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, wiffle ball

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thin Air Equals High Pressure, at Least for Rockies Pitchers

Rob Neyer piece in the New York Times.

djordan Posted: March 31, 2016 at 10:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: neyer, rockies

Monday, March 28, 2016

Trevor Story rockets into starting shortstop spot for Rockies - The Denver Post

He’s looked good in the games I’ve seen this spring. Do the Rockies release Reyes if Story plays well during his suspension?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 28, 2016 at 09:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Trevor Story closer to starting at shortstop for Rockies - The Denver Post

This is the Story Rockies fans have been waiting for.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 22, 2016 at 03:21 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Donaldson has seen dark side of domestic violence | Toronto Star | thestar.com

His early years were drenched in violence that no little one should ever have to witness.
“I’m not going to get too colourful with it. But it wasn’t pretty. The best way I can describe it is I can still remember things from when I was from three to five years old that are very vivid in my mind to this day. And it’s not something I would want anybody else to go through.


Monday, March 07, 2016

The fastball is back: Rockies refocused on the simplest pitch - The Denver Post

Another year, another theory on what plays in Colorado. How about bringing back the Blake Street Bombers?

Jim Furtado Posted: March 07, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: fastballs, pitching, rockies

Monday, February 29, 2016

Troy Tulowitzki says he’s done feeling bitter at the Rockies | FOX Sports

The subject came up more than once during the postseason, in casual conversation, during formal interviews. Troy Tulowitzki, instead of savoring his first playoff appearance since 2009, dwelled upon getting blind-sided by his trade from the Rockies to the Blue Jays and admits now he was “still bitter” about it.

He talked openly about that bitterness, talked about how the Rockies promised to keep him in the loop and “man, that was the furthest from the truth.” At the time, I wondered whether Tulowitizki would ever move forward. But as I walked into the Jays’ spring-training clubhouse on Friday, I quickly discovered that he had.

“I was honest last year saying it was very tough for me,” Tulowitzki said. “And now I’m honest saying I’m over it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 29, 2016 at 10:24 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Jeff Bridich sees no point predicting when Rockies turn corner 

Asked why he has not publicly stated when be believes the Rockies might actually have a window of opportunity to begin winning, Bridich replied:

“What’s the point? Why limit ourselves? So if I were to come out and say something that’s pleasing to the ear of you, or a fan here or a fan there, and I say, ‘We’re not going to win for X.’ So what? What’s the point of doing that?

It’s about people. It’s about process. And it’s about how well can we do that together. If a lot of that or most of that comes together for us this year, wonderful. Why say something where it’s got to happen X number of months and years in the future, where really a lot of good things can happen this year. I just don’t see the point.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 27, 2016 at 07:21 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jeff bridich, rockies

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Trevor Story’s line is that he is ready for Rockies - The Denver Post

If Reyes gets a sizable suspension and Story gets hot out of the gate, do the Rockies release Reyes?

Jim Furtado Posted: February 24, 2016 at 06:52 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies, trevor story

Monday, February 08, 2016

Evaluating the 2016 Prospects: Colorado Rockies | FanGraphs Baseball

1. Brendan Rodgers, SS
Current Level/Age: R/19.6, 6’0/180, R/R
Acquired: Drafted 3rd overall (1st round) in 2015 out of Florida HS by COL for $1.7853 million bonus, traded to CLE in July 2015
Previous : NA

Rodgers went into his spring season as a strong contender for the first-overall pick, though a slight dip in performance made him slide down two spots to the Rockies. Every aspect of his game shows promise, from his soft hands and strong arm in the field to his promise of power and average at the plate. Throw in above-average raw speed, and the sky is the limit for what he can do at the big league level.

His offense is likely to be the greatest source of value he provides on the field. A future plus grade on his power may be light once he fills out, and he has good enough contact skills to be a well above-average bat overall. He gets good lift to his swing despite his hands being a little steep entering the zone at times, and he can be long to the ball due to his barrel getting away from him early. Both qualities are relativley minor limitations, since he also has excellent hip drive and a really efficient lower half as a whole.

The downward start with his hands makes him mildly pull-heavy with his fly balls, though he has shown some capacity to drive the ball to all fields. As he adds strength, he may still be able to hit the ball out to all fields. The length to his swing may also lower his hit tool potential slightly, but I still think he profiles as a likely 55 bat due to a good feel for the barrel and great balance. I have a very small concern about strikeouts in the future as the competition gets better, but not enough to think his other skills can’t compensate for it.

Defensively, there is talk of him moving off short as he matures, but I think that’s premature. His range may be average or a little above, but he adds quick yet quiet hands and footwork to profile as a legitimate big league shortstop in my mind. He has plenty of arm strength and can throw from every angle, showing aptitude for throwing on the move. His defense at third would profile as elite for the position, but I still see him as an average shortstop at worst defensively.

As a high school bat, undoubtedly Rodgers carries a bit more risk for his high draft position, but there is great potential here with plenty of present ability to buy into his development. Whether he plays shortstop or third base, he has a bright future with one of the highest ceilings in the minor leagues.

Hit: 35/55/60 Power: 40/60/65 Run: 50/50/55 Field: 55/60/65 Throw: 50/60/65
Overall: 35/65/70+

Jim Furtado Posted: February 08, 2016 at 09:06 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, scouting reports

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Report: Rockies clear logjam, deal Corey Dickerson to Rays

The Colorado Rockies found a way to get rid of their outfield logjam Thursday. The team reportedly agreed to send Corey Dickerson to the Tampa Bay Rays for closer Jake McGee. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports initially reported the deal, while Joel Sherman of the New York Post first said McGee was involved.
The 26-year-old Dickerson has put up strong numbers the past two seasons, though that comes with a few caveats. Dickerson crushes right-handed pitching, but isn’t the same player against lefties. He hit .328, with 21 of his 24 home runs off righties during his 2014 breakout, and hit .315 with all 10 of his home runs coming off righties in 2015.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 28, 2016 at 04:26 PM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: corey dickerson, jake mcgee, rays, rockies

Tough to figure out what the Rockies are doing this offseason | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal doesn’t like the Rockies off-season.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 28, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 34 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Friday, January 15, 2016

Jose Reyes to stand trial for domestic violence charge - NY Daily News

But will he get special treatment?

Even if the Dominican-born Reyes reaches a plea deal, however, there are potential serious ramifications to Reyes’ career if he is not a U.S. citizen. According to Michael Wildes, a former federal prosecutor and a managing partner at Wildes & Weinberg, convictions for domestic violence can lead to deportation.

“Domestic violence can see an individual get deported if he or she is not a U.S. citizen,” said Wildes. “Once punished, the government has the authority to remove an individual for a crime involving moral turpitude and aggravated felony. It can be a very fast track for immigration officials to issue a removal proceeding. The only way to prevent removal is to be exonerated or have the charges dismissed, or if the government believes it’s a “he said, she said” matter. I would hope Mr. Reyes has a good immigration lawyer.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 15, 2016 at 06:38 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Gerardo Parra agrees to deal with Rockies, joins crowded Colorado outfield

The Rockies on Tuesday agreed to terms on a three-year, $27.5 million contract with free agent outfielder Gerardo Parra, according to his agent. The deal includes a fourth-year option for $12 million.

Parra who played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles last season, hit .291 with a .328 on-base percentage, a .452 slugging percentage and had 14 home runs and 51 RBIs. He can play all three outfield positions and won Gold Glove awards for his play in left field (2011) and right field (2013).

Where Parra will play is still up in the air. The Rockies already have a full complement of left-handed hitting outfielders, with veteran slugger Carlos Gonzalez in right field, Charlie Blackmon in center and Corey Dickerson in left.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 01:59 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: gerardo parra, rockies

Friday, December 04, 2015

How much money are Rockies working with in MLB offseason?

hat leaves the Rockies about $5 million to work with, as it stands now. Not coincidentally, that’s also what they were working with before last season when the Rockies made pitcher Kyle Kendrick their last big addition, signing him in February to a $5.5 million contract.

The Rockies before last season shed Michael Cuddyer’s $11.5 million contract (which they basically used to pay for built-in raises to Troy Tulowitzki and Gonzalez) and Brett Anderson’s $8 million (which they used to sign Kendrick and catcher Nick Hundley). They haven’t shed any big contracts from last season (Tulo for Reyes was basically a wash).

The takeaway here is that the Rockies are nearly booked on payroll. They are much more likely to trade players than sign them. Or trade them before they sign them. And a trade of their two highest-paid players — Jose Reyes (less likely) or Gonzalez (more likely) — could free up a workable amount of cash to sign somebody else.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 04, 2015 at 08:43 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Monday, November 09, 2015

Jose Reyes arrested after ‘grabbing wife by throat’: report

Jerry Jones likes his leadership.

Jose Reyes was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife, according to Hawaii News Now.

According to the news station, the incident between the Rockies shortstop and his wife, Katherine Ramirez, took place in a hotel room in Maui on Oct. 31.

Reyes, the former Mets shortstop, allegedly grabbed her and shoved her while they were having an argument. Ramirez reportedly told police he grabbed her by the throat and shoved into a sliding glass balcony door.

According to the news station, hotel security called police, and the 32-year-old Reyes was arrested in the room.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 09, 2015 at 11:15 PM | 46 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, police blotter, rockies

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deal revived, Rockies acquire 2B Marco Scutaro from Red Sox

Il Milione Man March heads west…

The Rockies have agreed in principle on a deal to acquire Boston infielder Marco Scutaro for pitcher Clayton Mortensen, according to a source with direct knowledge of the talks.

The Rockies’ earmarked Scutaro as a target when the offseason began, seeing him as a starting second baseman and potential No. 2 hitter in the lineup. The deal went on life support Friday, but was revived today when the Rockies were able to work through some financial issues to take on Scutaro’s $6 million contract.

It will become official shortly as the players involved are notified.

...Mortensen is an extreme groundball pitcher, relying heavily on a sinker. He went 2-4 with a 3.86 ERA, splitting between between the bullpen and rotation.

With Scutaro in the fold, the Rockies will enter spring training with one of their deepest lineups in franchise history. He will join outfielder Michael Cuddyer and catcher Ramon Hernandez as key acquisitions, completely reshaping the lineup around Carlos Gonzalez and all-star cleanup hitter Troy Tulowitzki.

Repoz Posted: January 21, 2012 at 06:33 PM | 75 comment(s)
  Beats: red sox, rockies

Plain Dealer | Cleveland Indians acquire Kevin Slowey

The Indians acquired Slowey and a reported $1.25 million from the Rockies for right-hander Zach Putnam.

Coot Veal and Cot Deal taste like Old Bay Posted: January 21, 2012 at 12:04 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, rockies

SI.com: Economic considerations at heart of Carmona’s decision

An interesting analysis of signing ages, signing bonuses, and success rates in the Dominican Republic, by Melissa Segura of Sports Illustrated ...

Teams pay premiums for 16-year-olds for two primary reasons: One, because teams often want to be the first to sign a promising player and, thus, avoid bidding wars with other teams; and two, clubs prefer to develop their players’ skills under the watchful eyes of their own club personnel rather than under those of unqualified and unaffiliated coaches or trainers.

But are 18-year-old Latin American players really worth 70 percent less than their 16-year-old counterparts? Here’s another data analysis that calls into question the industry practice of placing a premium on youth. Let’s assume the most basic marker of a successful signing is making it to the majors. We’ll make it simple and look at the 79 players who have made their major league debuts from 2008-2011 from Carmona’s Dominican Republic. Of those 79, only six were signed as 16-year-olds. The debuts suggest older players were more likely to advance to the majors. ...

[...]

What’s more, SI tracked down the bonus data for 60 of the 79 players. Fernando Martinez, signed by the Mets in 2005 for $1.3 million, was the only one to receive a seven-figure bonus. Only nine others signed for six figures and one — the Rockies’ Juan Nicasio — received nada to sign, according to the data obtained by SI. The median signing bonus among them tallied a paltry $35,000.

Joe Kehoskie Posted: January 21, 2012 at 04:09 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: indians, international, mets, miami, minor leagues, rockies, scouting

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