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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

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Rockies’ Adam Ottavino facing Tommy John surgery on right elbow - The Denver Post

Cut him if you got him.

The season is about to close on the Rockies’ newest closer. Adam Ottavino revealed Monday he probably will have season-ending Tommy John surgery to repair an injured right elbow.

Jim Furtado Posted: May 05, 2015 at 08:20 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, rockies

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ottavino in ‘holding pattern’ with elbow injury until Monday | rockies.com

I took an interest in Ottavino after reading this interview. I followed his progress to start the year. It’s a shame the injury bug seems to have caught him.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 30, 2015 at 07:15 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: adam ottavino, rockies

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Rockies get great infield defense from glittering glove box - The Denver Post

The Brittle Bunch wasn’t even an option?

The newest nicknamed bunch, the “Coors Shield,” plays in the dirt in LoDo. The name, nominated by a fan, Drew Baker, in an online poll at the fan website Purple Row, beat out two other finalists. The infielders, though, might not be ready for a nickname. They’re more focused on groundballs than on brand names.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 26, 2015 at 09:01 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Saturday, April 18, 2015


Saturday, April 11, 2015

Keri: Suit Up: How MLB Mentors Pay It Forward, One Lesson (and Shopping Spree) at a Time

“We’re all in the team hotel, and Trevor Hoffman spreads the word to all the rookie call-ups, ‘Meet me downstairs at noon!’” Axford said. “We were in Chicago, I hadn’t even pitched in my first game yet. And then here we all are at Macy’s on the seventh floor. We get there and Hoffman just says, ‘OK, go get yourselves suited.’”

Hoffman can’t point to a specific suit-buying role model the way Hawkins can with Puckett, but Hoffman was nonetheless happy to carry on the traditions that the kindest MLB veterans have passed down through the generations. When there’s a young pitcher who’s struggling to find his way, lend him a hand. When there’s a group dinner, never let the rookies pay; doubly so for a minor leaguer subsisting on $20 a day in meal money who might see a fancy dinner as a gift from the gods. And yes, when the opportunity presents itself, help the young guys dress like big leaguers.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Grantland (Keri): 2015 NL West Preview

Yasiel Puig bat flips and Hunter Pence GIFs.  What more do you need?

Chris Fluit Posted: April 02, 2015 at 03:44 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: diamondbacks, dodgers, giants, nl west, padres, rockies

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

John Axford’s son recovering from Rattlesnake bite

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—The 2-year-old son of Colorado Rockies pitcher John Axford is in stable condition a week after getting bitten twice by a rattlesnake.

Axford, who returned to pitch a bullpen session on Tuesday, had not been with the Rockies since his son went to the hospital for anti-venom treatment last Wednesday. A second round of treatment was needed a few days later due to the excessive amount of venom found.

shoewizard Posted: April 01, 2015 at 08:59 AM | 13 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Eddie Butler hurt, LaTroy Hawkins rocked as A’s beat Rockies

Starter Eddie Butler, in line to join the starting rotation coming out of spring training, left the game after one inning with right shoulder fatigue.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 31, 2015 at 06:05 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, rockies

Monday, March 30, 2015

Pitching change: Rockies have a plan to improve on the mound | FOX Sports

OK, it sounds like the Rockies’ baseball operation department isn’t as dysfunctional as it may have been. Just getting along better won’t necessarily improve the performance on the field, though. It may but it may not.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 12:22 PM | 6 comment(s)
  Beats: rockies

Monday, March 23, 2015

Top prospects Gray, Butler get chance to prove themselves | rockies.com

Gray, out of the University of Oklahoma, was the Rockies’ first-round pick in 2013; Butler, out of Radford, was the 46th player selected overall in 2012. The pair is ranked 1-2 on MLB.com’s organization prospect list, and Butler made three big-league starts last season.

They both opened eyes this spring, and not with their “stuff.” There was never any question about that. Rather it was their maturity and focus that has caught the attention not only of the Rockies but of scouts from other organizations.

“It is,” said one scout, “the difference maker for so many young players. It’s realizing that talent is one thing, but making sure you maximize that talent ... is the key to success.”

Jim Furtado Posted: March 23, 2015 at 06:29 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: eddie butler, jon gray, rockies

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