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Monday, August 24, 2015

Coors Field is getting weird and Walt Weiss has a theory why

Saturday’s game, even more than Friday’s, played through a hazy fog. Wildfires in Washington state sent smoke into Colorado and turned the sky gray.

“The ball is flying right now,” Weiss said. “It’s the way the park has played the last couple nights.”

And Weiss — a baseball manager more than a meteorologist or climatologist — said the blaze, the haze and the crazy baseball might be related.

“My un-scientific theory is: A few years ago, I remember when the state was burning, with fires. It played like this all summer,” Weiss said. “I don’t know if the fires going on right now are a factor, but I was thinking about that tonight.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:28 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, walt weiss

Jaded Jose Reyes would welcome a trade from the Rockies - The Denver Post

Jose Reyes, winning over teammates since 2003.

He’s not interested in playing for a team that isn’t competitive. And the Rockies, on pace for another 95-loss season, likely aren’t interested in an aging, high-priced veteran. Colorado owes Reyes more than $56 million through the 2017 season. He’s now their highest-paid player.

“You come from a ballclub that was competing for a spot in the playoffs. And you come to a club in last place. You think about that,” Reyes said of the trade that ripped him out of Toronto. The Blue Jays, with Tulowitzki, have surged into a battle with the New York Yankees for first place in the American League East.


“I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 24, 2015 at 08:21 AM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: jose reyes, rockies

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Rockies’ Jon Gray expects better things in second career start - The Denver Post

Gray said he’ll be a different pitcher Monday and hopes to display the things he learned at Triple-A Albuquerque.

“I feel like I’m more aggressive now,” he said. “I’m pitching more to contact now, and I’m not letting my pitch count go up.”

Gray gained notoriety at the University of Oklahoma for a fastball that topped 100 mph. He doesn’t cut loose like that now, but he said the firepower is still there when he needs it.


“It definitely is,” he said. “There is a time and a place for that. If a guy is fouling off pitches, that might be the best time to cut loose, but you have to make sure it’s the right guy you’re facing.”

Jim Furtado Posted: August 11, 2015 at 07:03 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Blockbuster Anatomy: Toronto GM Alex Anthopoulos on the Tulowitzki and Price Deals

“Everyone was so focused on the rotation and bullpen,” Anthopoulos said. “But we felt we could still get better defensively and offensively. You can make a case that certain position players are worth more than starters, and Tulo is one of those players.”

Anthopoulos checked in with Bridich in May. At that point, the Rockies GM said he’d be open to taking Jose Reyes back in the deal if Colorado could nab a few of Toronto’s many quality pitching prospects. Talks continued for a few weeks, and once the All-Star break ended, concrete trade proposals and counterproposals began to form. Finally, on July 28, the two sides agreed to the deal that shocked the baseball world. In addition to Reyes, the Rockies landed top pitching prospect Jeff Hoffman and two other talented young arms, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco. The Jays got Hawkins and their white whale.

“I looked at it like this: This is one of the best players in baseball,” Anthopoulos said. “Players like that don’t become available. They sign 10-year contracts and become the face of a franchise. It wasn’t an easy decision. It was weird, the process was long and stressful … but it was also a lot of fun.”

 


Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Jon Gray scheduled to make major-league debut for Rockies against Mariners - The Denver Post

Now they are ready for him to be sent back down.

Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 08:09 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: jon gray, rockies

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki says trade caught him by surprise, hopes to revive career with Blue Jays - The Denver Post

Yes, it was naive.

“I felt like I got blindsided a bit. I thought I was in the loop, in the conversation,” Tulowitzki said in his first comments since the deal went down. “So it definitely caught me by surprise. I was shocked and it caught me off guard. I think maybe I was a little naive to think I would be so connected to the (trade) process.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 29, 2015 at 06:49 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Colorado Rockies acquire Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro from Toronto Blue Jays | MiLB.com News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball

Quite a haul for the Rockies.

According to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding, Monday’s blockbuster trade sends big league shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and reliever LaTroy Hawkins to Toronto for right-handers Jeff Hoffman and Miguel Castro, the Jays’ No. 3 and 5 prospects. A third prospect yet to be named and Major League shortstop Jose Reyes are also headed to Colorado.


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki wants to stay in Colorado | MLB.com

This should work out to his liking.

“I didn’t sign my contract because I wanted to be somewhere else,” Tulowitzki said of the 10-year, $157.75 million deal that includes an option for 2021 that would add another $11 million to the total value. “I signed my contract because I want to be with the Rockies.”
That hasn’t changed.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 22, 2015 at 06:58 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rockies Q&A: GM Jeff Bridich on MLB trade deadline, Tulowitzki

Q: What is the percentage chance that Troy Tulowitzki is on your team next year?

A: (Laughs) I don’t know. What do you think it is?

Q: 95 percent chance? Wild guess?

A: I really don’t know. I think we’ll know more over the next two weeks.

Q: His situation has changed though. He’s been healthy. He’s hitting well.

A: To this point, yeah. He’s healthy. He’s basically playing most of the time, like he should be. We’ve given him regular rest, like we should, with any player who has played a lot in his career and plays a demanding position and has the injury history that he does. His surgery was successful. The rehab was successful. The maintenance he does has helped him. All that combined has helped him be a very productive, elite player.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 12, 2015 at 07:53 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: general managers, rockies, troy tulowitzki

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Trevor Story jumps to Triple-A for Rockies, closer to replacing Troy Tulowitzki - The Denver Post

Of course, the “rumors” are writer driven.

Rumors and reports, especially out of New York, continue to swirl around Tulowitzki, who will make $20 million this season on a multiyear contract that takes him through 2020. With the Rockies floundering in last place, Tulowitzki seems the most valuable trade chip to gain rebuilding pieces for the future.

But Bridich was quick to keep the spotlight on Story and not Tulowitzki.

“This is a Story story,” Bridich said.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 02, 2015 at 08:38 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, trevor story, troy tulowitzki

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Two blind Rockies fans still love a game they can’t see | Nine Innings - The Denver Post

Mark and Peggy LoRusso, married 30 years, sit in the front row and can’t see a thing. And there’s no other place they’d rather be.

“We have no idea what they think a baseball looks like, or a rainbow,” said the blind couple’s close friend, Dan Sauvageau. “It’s something we take for granted every day. It makes you realize how lucky you are, when we take them to a game. It puts everything in perspective.”

“We’re just like anybody else,” Peggy said. “We don’t see it all, but we can hear it…. I always say — somebody has it worse than we have it. That’s how I look at it.”

Jim Furtado Posted: June 14, 2015 at 08:13 AM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: human interest story, rockies

Monday, June 01, 2015

Colorado Rockies prospect David Dahl elects to have spleen removed

Wow!

Outfielder David Dahl, the Colorado Rockies’ top prospect, was scheduled to undergo surgery Monday to have his spleen removed at a Hartford, Connecticut, hospital, four days after being involved in a serious collision while playing for the organization’s Double-A club.

Dahl made the decision after consulting with the Rockies, said his agent, Adam Karon. Dahl was initially expected to miss the rest of the season while his lacerated spleen healed. Now he is hoping to return in four to six weeks, said Karon, who said the recovery period for the surgery is similar to having an appendix removed.

Jim Furtado Posted: June 01, 2015 at 12:38 PM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injuries, rockies

Friday, May 29, 2015

Oak Mountain’s David Dahl suffers lacerated spleen in collision in minor league baseball game | AL.com

What an awful injury.

At 3:15 p.m. CDT Thursday, Mike Dahl said his son was in surgery.

“They’re trying to save the spleen,” Dahl said. “There was a collision between him and the second baseman, and he took a knee to the spleen. They’re just trying to save it now. He got hit in the face, the nose, the spleen, a bunch of different places, but that’s the main thing right now. He probably has a minor concussion, I would imagine, because he doesn’t remember much about what happened. No broken bones or nothing—all the CT scans were negative.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 29, 2015 at 09:20 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: david dahl, injury, minor leagues, rockies

Tuesday, May 19, 2015


Offensive struggles piling up for Rockies | rockies.com

A Rockies team is 22nd in offense. 22nd. While playing half their games in Denver. 22nd.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 19, 2015 at 07:01 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Inside Baseball: Tulo needs to go and here are the options; Plus MLB news - CBSSports.com

Jon Heyman’s weekly notes column includes more fanciful trade speculation.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:30 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: notes, rockies

Troy Tulowitzki’s Trade Value | FanGraphs Baseball

The Red Sox aren’t in the Tulo market. Bogaerts has made some real strides defensively this season. He’s still 22. Eventually he’ll be a really good hitter.

Boston

This is the one place where a one-shiny-thing offer actually could work, as the Red Sox would be displacing Xander Bogaerts if they acquired Tulo to take over at shortstop, so if the Rockies prefer one big asset over several smaller ones, this is probably their best fit. But if the Rockies want pitching, the Red Sox might not be the right organization to call, since the Red Sox need all the talented pitchers they can find about now, and it’s unlikely that they’d want to include guys like Eduardo Rodriguez (#23) along with Bogaerts while taking on Tulo’s entire contract. If the Rockies paid down some of his salary, that might become a possibility, but even then, the Red Sox might be better off just promoting Rodriguez rather than trading him.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 09:06 AM | 24 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Rockies GM Jeff Bridich blasts media, has no plans to trade Troy Tulowitzki - The Denver Post

“What’s gone on the last few days, especially the last 72 hours, really has a been a media production, more than anything else,” Bridich said. “It started with a couple of articles coming out of the East Coast — MLB.com and another one on NewYorkPost.com. Since then, it’s really been mostly a media production.”

Bridich said the Rockies’ recent woes stoked the Tulo trade talk.

“In my opinion, it’s something that has come out of a tough two week stretch for the Rockies, and one, obviously, where we haven’t played to our expectations,” he said. “That fuels speculation and then people go on the record and try to create types of news stories and controversies by writing opinions that are just that, opinions. They aren’t based in fact. So really, nothing has changed.”

Jim Furtado Posted: May 16, 2015 at 07:54 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Friday, May 15, 2015

Video: CarGo’s go-ahead homer | MLB.com

Down two, two outs, Carlos Gonzalez puts the Rockies ahead in the 9th.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 15, 2015 at 06:40 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, rockies

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki talks about trade rumors and future in Colorado - The Denver Post

Somebody talked some sense into Tulo.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 14, 2015 at 10:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

ROCKIES ANNOUNCERS TAKE TIME OUT OF THEIR BROADCAST TO SHAME JOSH HAMILTON

During Wednesday night’s Rockies-Angels game, Colorado’s Root Sports Rocky Mountain broadcast crew of Drew Goodman and Jeff Huson provided even more of those hot takes, dressing Hamilton down for not thanking the Angels for paying him tens of millions of dollars *and* for not apologizing to Angels fans for… not playing well? ...

Here’s a transcript of their comments.

“Howie Kendrick is gone. You can focus on that certainly. Also, the whole Josh Hamilton situation. A lot of guys around this club have said that they haven’t fully reconciled what went down in their minds. And a lot of players, not just at the top with Arte Moreno, are upset with Josh Hamilton that he never publicly thanked the Angels for paying him a ton of money. And he obviously didn’t hold up his end up the bargain, I understand he has demons, but he never publicly acknowledged his teammates or the Angels organization at all.”
 
“And the Angels are still on the hook for about $71 million of the $80 million still owed to him. So yeah, if you want to thank anybody, that’s who you should be thanking.”

“It became more about the Rangers bringing him back, and I don’t know if Josh Hamilton didn’t think it through or got poor advice, but in his situation, in my opinion, you need to spend some time apologizing to the Angels fans, to his teammates, and thanking the organization for what they ended up doing, not only initially, but sending him back to Texas”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2015 at 03:33 PM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: angels, announcing, drug abuse, drugs, josh hamilton, rangers, rockies


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Troy Tulowitzki mulls asking Rockies for trade | New York Post

This is rich. Sorry, it comes off as whining. One of the biggest reasons the Rockies have not had winning seasons over the last four years is their best, most expensive player has only played about 60% of his team’s game.

One of the most vital moments of this season will occur Thursday at a breakfast meeting in Los Angeles between Troy Tulowitzki and his longtime agent, Paul Cohen.

The two will decide whether it is time to ask Rockies management for a trade.

“To say that it is not a possibility would be silly,” Cohen told The Post by phone.

Cohen said he “spent a tremendous amount of time” on this topic with Tulowitzki in the offseason. He explained “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist” to see why the subject will be renewed now – the Rockies are miserable again (they had a nine-game losing streak going into Tuesday) and the likelihood of being a contender any time soon is not strong.

Tulowitzki was described as frustrated with four straight losing seasons and wants out, according to two people who know him well. Cohen would not describe Tulowitzki’s mindset, but it was clear in a 15-minute conversation Cohen clearly sees the value of his client moving to a better place for his mind and body (not playing in high altitude any longer).

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 07:40 PM | 25 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies, troy tulowitzki

Bridich challenges Rockies to play better | rockies.com

Remember the Blake Street Bombers?

“We have a good collection of players,” said Bridich, the first-year GM whose team is 11-17 and last in the National League West. “And at this point, meaning the last two weeks of the season, they’ve added up to a bad team. I don’t think there’s any other way you can look at it. That’s not saying anything shocking. The players know that.

“There are bad stretches that befall every team in a season, or most every team in a season. This is where we see what type of resolve our players have—if they take a look around that clubhouse and deal with reality as adults and say, ‘We’re going to make some changes and do things necessary to start winning games.’”

Bridich said the problem isn’t manager Walt Weiss or the coaching staff, and he likes this roster, when it performs to its potential.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 12, 2015 at 08:40 AM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Monday, May 11, 2015

Rockies’ Jerry Schemmel rides across America for Haiti orphanage

Watching the Rockies lose night after night might seem like punishment to some. For others, six-hour, 90-mile training rides on a bicycle would seem like suffering.

Jerry Schemmel does both, but he considers both to be blessings.

The Rockies radio announcer is training to hold up his end of a two-man team in the Race Across America (RAAM), a seven-day transcontinental bike race beginning June 20. Schemmel will be paired with Brad Cooper, who has completed seven Ironman triathlons, on the ride that begins in Oceanside, Calif., and ends in Annapolis, Md.

Schemmel rides because surviving the crash landing of an airliner that killed 112 people in 1989 gave him a new perspective on life.

Perry Posted: May 11, 2015 at 10:05 AM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: broadcaster, charity, rockies

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