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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 | MLB.com

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 - CBSSports.com

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

WHAT BAN MIGHT REYES FACE?

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

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

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