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Monday, April 24, 2017

Are the Rockies and Diamondbacks about to take over the NL West? | FOX Sports

As the Giants surely can attest, baseball – like life – changes every day.

Early on Sunday, a few hours before Miller’s start, I asked Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo his biggest concern.

He did not hesitate with his reply.

“The fear of injury,” Lovullo said. “The depth in an organization is always a concern. Our health is of utmost importance for us to maintain what we’re doing.”

The loss of Miller for an extended period would diminish the excitement over the early performance of the DBacks’ rotation, which ranks sixth in the NL in ERA. Left-hander Patrick Corbin, in particular, looks ready to fulfill the top-of-the-rotation potential he showed in 2013, before he underwent Tommy John surgery.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 24, 2017 at 12:10 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, rockies

Sunday, April 16, 2017

How the Rockies rebuilt baseball’s worst bullpen into one of the best – The Denver Post

“Greg Holland and Mike Dunn have been fabulous for the mentality of the bullpen,” first-year Rockies manager Bud Black said. “They have made a marked difference with the professionalism of that group. There’s no doubt they have set the standard.”

Jim Furtado Posted: April 16, 2017 at 07:12 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Friday, April 14, 2017

Greg Holland latest success from Tommy John | MLB.com

Last year alone, there were at least 190 pitchers in the big leagues who had returned from Tommy John surgery, according to the tracking of Jon Roegle, who has detailed 1,364 players who have undergone the surgery, beginning with Tommy John himself in 1974.

That included several who pitched well enough that they were traded in season to contenders, including Rich Hill from the Rays to the Dodgers, Mark Melancon from the Pirates to the Nationals and Matt Moore from the Rays to the Giants.

Over the course of the 2016 season, the Reds used 13 pitchers who had undergone Tommy John surgery, followed by the A’s with 11 and the Royals and Tigers with 10 apiece.
Holland and starting pitcher Lance Lynn of the Cardinals are the new guys on the list this season.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 14, 2017 at 09:28 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, rockies, tommy john surgery

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Ringolsby: Rox bullpen coming to rescue now | MLB.com

And he is enjoying being a part of a bullpen that has so many interchangeable parts.

“[Friday] we knew it was going to be Estevez, Oberg and myself, but we didn’t know who’d pitch the ninth,” said McGee. “It depended on when the left-handed bats were coming up.”

That, he said, is what makes it so much fun to think of what might be in the next six months.

“[The front office] has put a great bullpen together,” McGee said. “We have depth. Think about it. We have no Holland, no Dunn and no Ottavino [on Friday], and we win a 2-1 game with the bullpen working three innings. It’s a good feeling.”

It is, as Black admitted, a sign of the ever-changing times of the game.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 08, 2017 at 11:17 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Rockies strike deal “in the 11th hour” to keep Coors Field as long-term home

“This was difficult and long, but we’re going to have baseball in Colorado for three more decades,” said Matt Sugar, spokesman for the district. “The greatest benefit will be that the taxpayer won’t have to pay a dime.”

Major League Baseball approved the deal Wednesday morning. Coors Field, the third-oldest stadium in the National League, will remain the Rockies’ home through 2047, when the stadium will turn 53 years old.

The Rockies get it right. Coors is a gem.

Perry Posted: March 30, 2017 at 10:13 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, stadium deals

Monday, March 27, 2017

Is Trevor Story ready to fill Troy Tulowitzki’s big shoes with the Rockies?

Replacing the best shortstop in the history of the franchise isn’t easy.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 27, 2017 at 10:50 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Tracy Ringolsby: Rockies must turn to Plan B | MLB.com

Best laid plans…

Jim Furtado Posted: March 14, 2017 at 11:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Rockies Ian Desmond fractures left hand | MLB.com

The Ian Desmond Era will be delayed.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 12, 2017 at 08:06 PM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, rockies

Friday, March 10, 2017

Rockies’ Chad Bettis will undergo additional chemotherapy after cancer spread

Colorado Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis’ testicular cancer has spread, and he will be starting chemotherapy in the near future, according to an update that he posted today. A biopsy ordered during his most recent check-up revealed the spread.

Dammit.

Perry Posted: March 10, 2017 at 04:28 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: cancer sucks, rockies

Monday, March 06, 2017

David Dahl injury: Rockies outfielder has stress reaction of rib

This is new.

Asked specifically if Dahl would be healthy enough to see game action during spring training, Black answered: “Yeah, I do. I can’t put a date on it, but I do anticipate him hopefully getting in a game here.”

According to the Princeton University Athletic Medicine website, “A rib stress injury can be described as a rib stress ‘reaction’ or can lead to a rib stress ‘fracture’ if not managed or treated correctly from the start of symptoms.”

According to the website, the difference between a “reaction” and a stress fracture is a matter of degree: “Both suggest a disruption of bone metabolism. Stress fractures can be described as an area in the bone that has become weakened and microscopic cracks have gradually formed because the bone is repeatedly loaded and stressed. A stress fracture to the rib is rare, but can be seen in athletes with significant demands of repetitive upper extremity activities, such as rowers.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 06, 2017 at 07:10 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

Sunday, February 26, 2017

With Each Hit, Rockies’ D.J. LeMahieu Shows Cubs’ Epstein What He Gave Up On - The New York Times

“Sometimes, you show up somewhere and you can make a mistake in your first off-season by not being as familiar as you should be with a player, because you haven’t seen him yourself in person,” Epstein said.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 09:44 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, d.j. lemahieu, rockies

Can Bud Black break the curse of Coors Field for Colorado Rockies pitchers?

Backing those words with their checkbook will be important as well.

Against that daunting backdrop, Black and Bridich agree that an aggressive mindset is vital in slaying the Coors Field monster.

“On top of talent, we need mentally tough SOBs,’’ Black said. “We have to find and draft guys who are resilient, who’ll bounce back from a tough outing where it might get chaotic in Coors and their ERA takes a hit. It might get a little bit unsightly when it pops up on the scoreboard or on TV. We have to have guys who will overlook that individual line—who truly don’t care about that.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: February 26, 2017 at 07:47 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Ten Bold Predictions for the Coming Season

2. The Rockies will finally have the pitching to make the postseason.
At the top of the rotation, the Rockies may have one of their best pitchers ever this year. Jon Gray was already pretty good (15th in K-BB% last year), and then he learned how to throw his slider two ways, and then he started throwing the curveball more, and now he has a new changeup grip. He’s exciting as a young ace with velocity, an elite slider, and the makeup to continue striving for a better, more complete arsenal.

But this is more about the lesser-known names behind Gray. Tyler Anderson doesn’t have a ton of pitches, but his cutter/four-seam/change combo has proven itself to be major-league worthy at least. Chad Bettis only has average velocity, but his four-pitch combo has kept hitters off balance enough to call him a viable starter, as well. Tyler Chatwood may only have the two fastballs and a slider, but he throws the curve sometimes, and his sinker is all world. All three are adept at getting ground balls, and the rotation just put up their second-best rate since they started tracking that number.


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Jon Gray believes he can become best pitcher in Rockies history

The question posed to Jon Gray was simple and direct: Do you think you have a chance to be the best pitcher in Rockies history?

His answer was measured and thoughtful.

“I think I can definitely accomplish that, because I don’t fear Coors Field at all,” Gray said last week as spring training opened. “I know I can go in there and give it everything I have and get the win.”

Jim Furtado Posted: February 18, 2017 at 08:48 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Friday, February 17, 2017

Rockies’ new color of purple drawing mixed reviews in clubhouse – The Denver Post

Now it’s actually purple.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 17, 2017 at 08:17 AM | 19 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, uniforms

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Colorado Rockies look to 2017 and beyond | MLB.com

The recent home-field success of Bettis, Gray and Anderson are why the Rockies feel comfortable with a rotation built around those three, plus Chatwood, who was inconsistent in his return from Tommy John surgery a year ago, but will be a full year removed from his return, and is 14-12 in his career at Coors Field compared to 18-19 elsewhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 09, 2017 at 08:35 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Friday, February 03, 2017

Greg Holland’s baseball fate closely tied to Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster

Where a player signs isn’t always completely about the money.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 03, 2017 at 07:47 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: greg holland, rockies

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Mark Reynolds agrees to one-year, minor-league deal with Rockies with invite to camp – The Denver Post

Ian Desmond is the Rockies’ first baseman in training, but now there’s a chance veteran Mark Reynolds could be his backup in 2017.

Reynolds, 33, was Colorado’s primary first baseman last season. He agreed to terms Wednesday on a one-year, minor-league contract with the club. He also received an invitation to big-league camp, but he’ll have to prove himself to find a spot on the roster.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 01, 2017 at 10:39 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: mark reynolds, rockies

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Rockies agree to deal with Greg Holland | MLB.com

The Rockies and two-time All-Star righty reliever Greg Holland are closing in on a one-year deal with a vesting option for a second year, pending a physical, according to various media reports that were confirmed by a baseball source.

The Rockies have not announced the pending agreement and declined to comment, and the timetable on the physical is unclear. BSN Denver was first to report the deal, along with FanRag Sports and Yahoo! Sports. Financial terms were not immediately known, but a Major League source said the deal is for $7 million.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 25, 2017 at 06:20 PM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, greg holland, rockies

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Jeff Bridich on Building the Rockies (With an Eye on the NFL) | FanGraphs Baseball

It’s tough to think outside the box when you all occupy the same box.

“That’s where your internal process is important — how you evaluate, and not only the players you have, but also the type of development process you have. You’ve got to have people that don’t think alike all the time. Group-think isn’t always a good thing in an organization. You want people who are willing to play devil’s advocate and push your internal convention. If you’ve got that, you’re hopefully setting yourself up to make good decisions.

“It’s important to have principles, and it’s important to have a plan and a strategy, but you also need to have a common-sense approach. And there’s only so much you can do during the season. Unless you have completely unlimited funds, which maybe one or two teams in the league have, it’s very difficult to change your stripes in any one season.”

Jim Furtado Posted: January 24, 2017 at 06:48 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, jeff bridich, rockies

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Black Plans To Take Simple Approach With Rockies’ Pitchers

“You look at some of these pitchers coming through the system now, they were drafted as Rockies,” Black said. “They were born as Rockies, developed as Rockies. There’s a mindset that’s been taught and talked about through development in our system, and that’s a good thing. Hopefully, as this organization moves forward, we’ll see results.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 25, 2016 at 02:54 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, rockies

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Ian Desmond bringing his talent, passion and good will to Rockies

“Let me put it this way. Ian is a complete ballplayer, and if he’s not a five-tool player, he’s pretty darn close,” Bridich said. “To be able to top that off with the person he is, and the person he’s been in the clubhouse, it’s a huge, huge addition for us. I’m thrilled to get him.”

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2016 at 05:05 PM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: ian desmond, rockies

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Ian Desmond agrees to five-year deal with Rockies – The Denver Post

Update 12:44 PM:

Here’s a shocker.

The Rockies have come to a contract agreement with free agent outfielder/infielder Ian Desmond, according to a major league source.

The contract is for five years, $70 million, pending a physical.

Desmond has primarily played shortstop in his major league career, but played in the outfield last season with Texas. The Rockies plan on using Desmond mainly at first base, according to a major league source.

Because Desmond declined the Texas Rangers’ qualifying offer, the Rockies must forfeit their first-round (No. 11 overall) pick in the 2017 draft.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 07, 2016 at 12:42 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, ian desmond, rockies

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich eyes first basemen | MLB.com

This makes a lot of sense for the Rockies.

General manager Jeff Bridich said the Rockies are considering the heavy price tag for free-agent first basemen Mark Trumbo and Edwin Encarnacion. Additionally, multiple Major League sources said there have been preliminary talks about White Sox slugger Jose Abreu as the Rockies attempt to boost run production at the position.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 06, 2016 at 10:51 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: free agents, rockies

Friday, December 02, 2016

Homers steady with new Coors Field fences | MLB.com

Hit them far, hit them deep!

Jim Furtado Posted: December 02, 2016 at 06:28 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: coors field, home runs, rockies

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