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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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016


Monday, November 14, 2016

Saunders: Bud Black certain he can work, thrive with Rockies’ front office

Given that history, I pulled Black aside after his introductory news conference. I asked: “The last two managers left with hard feelings between them and the front office. I assume you would not have taken this job if you were not in concert with Jeff Bridich, correct?”

Black answered: “I had not met Jeff before. I hadn’t met with (assistant GM of player personnel) Jon Weil, (owner) Dick Monfort or (assistant GM of baseball operations) Zack Rosenthal. But it was a great dialogue, it really was.

“They were extremely open and extremely honest. We talked all through the day and all through dinner. When I left, I had a really good feeling about these guys.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 14, 2016 at 06:42 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Monday, November 07, 2016

Rockies made right choice hiring Bud Black | MLB.com

“Bud talked about it, that urgent feeling of belief that is brewing among our players as they look at themselves and they look around the league in the division and go, ‘OK, we should really start to win games and put pressure on ourselves and pressure on the rest of the division and the National League to get back into the playoffs here,’” said general manager Jeff Bridich. “That’s a wonderful place to be, and I think it’s an honest place to be for who we are right now.

“I think Bud realizes that. I think our players realize that. A lot of people in the organization realize that. I think that is part of what was the attractive piece about the job.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 07:09 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

Bud Black reaches agreement with Colorado Rockies to become new manager

“This is a tough place, a fun place and a not-so-fun place to play all wrapped into one. No lead feels safe,” Black said about Coors Field during his last season with the Padres. “And no lead feels insurmountable when you are trying to attack. You always feel good about your ability to come back.”

Jim Furtado Posted: November 07, 2016 at 06:37 AM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: bud black, managers, rockies

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Rockies Inbox: Is Tom Murphy ready for Majors? | rockies.com

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 | MLB.com

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 - BaseballAmerica.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

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 | MLB.com

This is a giant-sized homer.

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

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.”

CBCSports.ca: 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.

CBCSports.ca: 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

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rox sign Jaime Moyer to Minor League deal

Fun fact: When the Rockies came into existence, Jaime Moyer was in his eighth Major League season.

The Rockies’ search for a veteran for the starting rotation could take them to the ultimate veteran, 49-year-old left-hander Jamie Moyer.

Colorado and Moyer have agreed to a Minor League deal that includes an invitation to Spring Training, the club announced on Wednesday. The agreement is pending a physical.

Moyer underwent Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow in 2010 and didn’t pitch last season. The lefty worked as an analyst for ESPN in 2011 but stated that he intended to try to pitch again in ‘12.

Moyer went 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA for the Phillies in 2010.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 18, 2012 at 08:14 PM | 128 comment(s)
  Beats: obituaries, phillies, rockies

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