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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rockies Inbox: Is Tom Murphy ready for Majors? |

Isn’t it time for the Rockies to give Murphy a shot?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, tom murphy

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fixing Rockies’ terrible bullpen is top priority for GM Jeff Bridich

Bullpens are notoriously inconsistent. Bridich could do nothing and then see his relievers *rebound* into quality relievers again.

What will general manager Jeff Bridich do with disappointing right-handers Jason Motte and Chad Qualls? The two were signed as free agents last winter, Motte for two years/$10 million and Qualls for two years/$6 million. Both were injured and ineffective when healthy this past season. Will the Rockies simply eat the contracts and move on? It’s not in the Rockies’ DNA, but it’s a move to consider.

A similar question revolves around left-hander Jake McGee, who was acquired from Tampa as part of the Corey Dickerson trade. In 57 appearances, he posted a 4.73 ERA with a .158 WHIP. More disconcerting, McGee’s fastball velocity was down. With the Rays in 2014, his four-seam fastball averaged 96.4 mph, but it was only 93.4 in 2016. In 2014, his two-seamer averaged 96.0 mph, but it dipped to 94.0 this season. A knee injury could be the reason, but he was not the fireball, late-inning reliever he was touted to be when the trade was made.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 10, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Rockies’ Daniel Descalso a vital veteran bat |

Coors Field works wonders.

Descalso is hitting a remarkable .272 with an .820 OPS after hitting .205 with a .607 OPS in 2016. He credits his turnaround to a much-improved swing after studying reigning American League Most Valuable Player Josh Donaldson, Mookie Betts, and former Cardinals teammate Matt Carpenter.

“I just found a swing that I can repeat, and that I feel confident in,” Descalso said. “It has just allowed me to simplify my at-bats and just worry about getting good pitches to hit and putting good swings on it instead of worrying about what’s wrong with my swing and my timing. It’s just put me in a simpler mindset and simpler approach.”

Jim Furtado Posted: September 17, 2016 at 08:30 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Thursday, September 15, 2016

David Dahl, Rockies outfielder, dealing with rigors of longest season of his career

Through it all, Dahl has played in 138 games, 19 more than he has during any other season in his professional season. And the 22-year-old outfielder is discovering the physical toll a full season can take.

“The last couple weeks, I’ve lost some weight, bat feels a little heavier, stuff like that,” Dahl said. “It’s just something that I’ve got to get used to, especially if I want to play here in the big leagues and play that long of a season.”

Dahl was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game Wednesday during the Rockies’ series final against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Rockies manager Walt Weiss said the rookie has been dealing with a slight left elbow issue, but he also acknowledged that he has been monitoring the fatigue factor as it relates to Dahl.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 15, 2016 at 11:03 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, rockies

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Famed MLB ghost hunter Jon Gray finally got to explore Milwaukee’s notorious haunted hotel

He ain’t ‘fraid of no ghosts.

In June, we had the opportunity to speak to Gray about his fascination with the spiritual world, and he told us he had long dreamed of exploring Milwaukee’s famed Pfister Hotel. Now, we see, he’s made that dream a reality.

Why would Gray be so interested in the Pfister Hotel? Well, it has something of a reputation:

The hotel, reportedly haunted by its original owner, Charles Pfister, has been compared to Disneyland’s Haunted Mansion by Giancarlo Stanton . Even players like Pablo Sandoval, Jason Heyward and Justin Upton have paid their own way to stay somewhere else.

Carlos Gomez has heard voices when he stepped out of the shower. Adrian Beltre’s TV and air conditioner kept turning on and off during his stay. Brendan Ryan saw a “moving light” going through the room

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2016 at 07:59 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: ghosts, haunted, jon gray, milwaukee, rockies

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Rockies Look For Boost From Hoffman -

The Rockies already got a boost offensively from calling up top prospect David Dahl last month. Now, they will try and get the same type of boost to their pitching staff with Jeff Hoffman.

The Rockies will call Hoffman up to make his major league debut on Saturday against the Cubs, according to multiple reports. Hoffman, the Rockies’ No. 3 prospect at midseason and a Futures Game participant, was 6-9, 4.02 with 124 strikeouts and 44 walks in 118 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 20, 2016 at 07:40 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: jeff hoffman, prospects, rockies

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Trevor Story, probably done for regular season, placed on 15-day disabled list – The Denver Post

This stinks…and I don’t even have him on any of my fantasy teams.

But make no mistake: The Rockies, hoping to turn this recent summer surge into a fall to remember, felt subdued at the outset of a critical homestand. The news that star rookie shortstop Trevor Story probably is done for the season after suffering a tear to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb dealt a blow.

“It’s terrible to hear that,” Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado said. “It hurts my heart for him. He’s having a good year, and you knew good things were going to happen still. It’s unfortunate.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 03, 2016 at 10:08 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: injuries, rockies, trevor story

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Wilmer Flores upset after homer is overturned |

You don’t see this every day.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 31, 2016 at 07:45 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, mets, rockies, wilmer flores

Monday, July 25, 2016

Rockies will promote prospect David Dahl |

It might only be a short-term call-up, depending on trades and performance.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 25, 2016 at 09:28 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, rockies

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Rockies have several players who could be targeted for trade with deadline near – The Denver Post

The Tulowitzki trade last summer sneaked up on nearly everyone outside the GM’s office, including Tulowitzki, who was furious he was kept in the dark. But Bridich had that trade in the works for months. Trading Gonzalez could give a playoff-contending team a hearty slugger at an affordable price. His contract may be undervalued for his production.

“I’ve seen a lot of players that follow the money and they’re not happy,” Gonzalez told The Denver Post. “Money isn’t everything. You want to be in a place where you’re happy, your family is happy and it’s a place where you can succeed and contribute and reach your goals.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 24, 2016 at 02:55 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Friday, July 22, 2016

Rockies’ Mark Reynolds crushes 484-foot homer |

This is a giant-sized homer.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2016 at 08:18 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: mark reynolds, rockies

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Jon Gray pulled for “arm fatigue” as Rockies look toward tough stretch – The Denver Post

“It’s been that way for a couple weeks,” Gray said. “It’s just now getting to a serious point.”

Already down an ace after Tyler Chatwood wrenched his back pitching in Miami during the weekend, the Rockies return home Thursday with even more concern for a suddenly hobbled pitching staff. Combined with lefty Chris Rusin, who’s on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation, the Rockies could be without their three best ERAs just when the schedule gets tricky.


“His arm felt heavy,” Colorado manager Walt Weiss said of Gray. “He didn’t look good from the get-go. Fastball command wasn’t there. There are always concerns when you have to take a pitcher out of the game for physical reasons.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 23, 2016 at 09:21 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Marlins, Rockies Set Curious Home Run Record

The Marlins ended up on the wrong end of history Monday.

They and the Rockies combined for eight home runs in Colorado’s 5-3 victory, making it the most runs ever scored in a major-league game in which solo homers accounted for all of the scoring.

Eight solo home runs is still ten short of the entertainment record held jointly by Elvis Presley and Mariah Carey.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tyler Chatwood is starting to figure out Coors Field. | Sports on Earth

For outsiders, Chatwood is in the unenviable position of having the stuff to be one of the best pitchers in baseball yet the potential to be hamstrung by his own ballpark. But as Hundley notes, a lot of it is in your head when you’re on the mound in Denver.

“If you go out and try to control the atmosphere, the barometric pressure, the humidity levels, if you’re worried about that stuff, big league hitters are gonna eat you alive,” he said. “Tyler believes in himself and he believes in his arsenal.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 18, 2016 at 07:10 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, tyler chatwood

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rockies’ Jose Reyes designated for assignment |

Reportedly still owed over $44 million.

The Colorado Rockies announced today that shortstop Jose Reyes has been reinstated from the restricted list and subsequently designated for assignment.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 15, 2016 at 01:46 PM | 48 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

Yard Goats Facing Season On The Road

Things have gone from bad to worse for the Hartford Yard Goats this season. Now, the team’s scenario is careering rapidly toward the worst case.

Hartford mayor Luke Bronin at a Monday press conference on Monday announced that the stadium’s developers, DoNo Hartford and Centerplan Cos., were being removed from the long-delayed project.

The announcement came after the developer took issue with the team’s release of the still-unfinished items at Dunkin Donuts Park, which was last scheduled to be turned over to the Yard Goats on May 17 in preparation for a May 31 opener.

At Monday’s news conference, according to the Hartford Courant, Bronin revealed that the impetus for the decision involved an e-mail from the developers notifying him that the remaining work would take at least 60 days to complete.

Also at issue, Bronin said, was the concern from the developers that they might not have the funds to complete the project without requesting more money from the city. The stadium was already slated to cost the city $47,050,000.

Tom Nawrocki Posted: June 07, 2016 at 11:24 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: minor leagues, rockies

Saturday, May 14, 2016

How Nolan Arenado went from a raw prospect to the next Brooks Robinson -

Jonah Keri’s examines Arenado’s path to superstardom.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:53 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: nolan arenado, rockies

Ackert: Reyes’ domestic violence suspension less than a PED ban - NY Daily News

The shortstop has rightfully expressed his remorse and agreed to not appeal the suspension.

“I want to apologize for everything that has happened. I am sorry to the Rockies organization, my teammates, all the fans and most of all my family,” Reyes said in a statement released by his agents. “I am happy to put this all in the past and get back to doing what I love the most, playing baseball.

“My wife Katherine has remained by my side throughout everything and for that I will be forever grateful.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2016 at 08:14 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Friday, May 13, 2016

Jose Reyes’ suspension could be announced as soon as Friday | FOX Sports

An announcement on Jose Reyes’ suspension for a domestic-violence incident could come as soon as Friday, according to major-league sources.

The expectation is that Reyes will be suspended for at least 60 games, as previously reported by MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 13, 2016 at 10:47 AM | 27 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic violence, jose reyes, rockies

Monday, May 09, 2016


Jon Heyman breaks news on Facebook now?

Half a season with no testimony from his wife and no formal charges would be an extremely aggressive punishment. It will be interesting to read the explanation from the Commissioner and the MLBPA response.

Jose Reyes should hear his penalty from MLB for domestic abuse soon, and word is that it’ll be at least 60 games and perhaps significantly longer than that.

Eighty games, or about a half a season, may be a fair ballpark estimate, according to some.

While Reyes was not criminally charged for an incident involving his wife in Hawaii, there’s little doubt Reyes will receive at least double the 30-game ban imposed on Aroldis Chapman, who became the first MLB player to receive a ban since MLB installed a specific domestic abuse policy back in August with the union’s approval.

Reyes’ offense has been seen as more serious, as hotel workers at their Maui hotel reported that Reyes’ wife Katherine suffered injuries to her neck, wrist and thigh. Katherine did not cooperate with police, leading to charges being dropped. Nor has she cooperated with MLB.

Commissioner Rob Manfred has authority to impose bans for domestic abuse stemming from the policy done jointly with the players’ union.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 09, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 68 comment(s)
  Beats: domestic abuse, jose reyes, rockies

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

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 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

Friday, January 20, 2012

Q&A: Larry Walker on his Hall of Fame snub

“Mr. Walker is not a suspect…We don’t know if the person was killed at the site or if his body was dumped there.” Who’s more upset about your low vote total in the second year of your 15 years of eligibility: you or your family, friends and former teammates with Colorado and Montreal?

LW: I don’t think it bothers me a lot. Why am I going to get my feathers all ruffled over something that’s out of my control? Obviously, it would be an amazing honour.

Some people have pointed some things out to me that made me wonder. [Designated hitter] Edgar Martinez [only played 592 of his 2,055 career games in the field] and he’s getting twice as many votes as me [36.5 per cent to Walker’s 22.9 per cent]. Is Edgar Martinez twice the better player than me?

Not to pat myself on the back but I think I was as good as Edgar Martinez.

But I’m not going to rack my brain. I’m sure there’s people that are in the Hall of Fame that a lot people think shouldn’t be there or some that should be there and aren’t. The knock against you when people say Larry Walker shouldn’t be in the Hall of Fame is that you played 10 of your 17 seasons at hitter-friendly Coors Field in Colorado. But a lot of times players can’t control where they play, right?

LW: I was in the big leagues, man. Are you she—-in me? You can’t always pick where you go or what happens. You just roll with the friggin’ punches. I was in the dugout trying to beat the other 25 guys in the dugout beside us. That’s all I tried to do. I can’t control where I’m at and the numbers that go up. Every ballpark has its quirks.

If you read something in the paper or a magazine or hear something on TV, whether it’s negative or positive, people tend to want to go that way with it. If what was being printed all this time was ‘Walker deserves the [Hall of Fame nod], he’s going to make it,’ I bet my percentage would be a lot higher. But all you hear about is Coors Field. That’s all I’ve heard since my first game in Denver [in 1995].

Repoz Posted: January 20, 2012 at 05:51 AM | 51 comment(s)
  Beats: expos, hall of fame, history, rockies

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