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Saturday, February 08, 2014

Denver Post: Spilborghs Retires, Returns to Rockies as a Broadcaster.

The decision wasn’t easy for Spilborghs. He considered resuming his career with the Rockies on a minor-league contract, but he couldn’t pass up this opportunity. He played last year for Japan’s Seibu Lions, chronicling his experience for The Denver Post in a series of popular blogs.

Spilborghs, 34, has a variety of media experience, including appearing in car commercials and hosting “Spillin’ The Beans,” a comedy short for the Rockies’ website.

Spilborghs played seven seasons with the Rockies, last in 2011, hitting .272 with a .345 on-base percentage, 42 home runs and 218 RBIs.

Ryan Spilborghs was a pretty good part-timer for a while there. I had kind of forgotten.

Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 05:16 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Heinie Mantush (Krusty) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 06:47 PM (#4653727)
Spilborghs played seven seasons with the Rockies, last in 2011, hitting .272 with a .345 on-base percentage, 42 home runs and 218 RBIs.


Did anybody else read this as one heckuva single season line for 2011?
   2. God Posted: February 08, 2014 at 06:58 PM (#4653729)
My best (only) Ryan Spilborghs memory is that I was once at a game at Coors Field when Spilborghs hit a home run that was caught on the fly by a guy wearing a $200 custom Ryan Spilborghs jersey -- probably the only one of those that was ever made.
   3. Infinite Joost (Voxter) Posted: February 08, 2014 at 07:19 PM (#4653731)
God really is a Rockies fan.
   4. Perry Posted: February 08, 2014 at 10:09 PM (#4653748)
Even if he weren't returning as a broadcaster, he'd be fondly remembered by Rockies fans for his funny, engaging personality, and for his roles on the 2007 and 2009 playoff teams. His best on-field moment, unforgettable to Rox fans, was this come-from-behind, walkoff grand slam in the 14th inning vs. the Giants in August 2009, followed by the world's fastest home run "trot";

http://m.mlb.com/video/v6279085/sfcol-spilborghs-slam-delivers-win-in-the-14th



   5. puck Posted: February 08, 2014 at 10:19 PM (#4653749)
probably the only one of those that was ever made.


I'd be surprised. He was about as popular as a 4th OF could be. This is a good move by Root sports, he's a popular ex-Rockie.
   6. Tom Nawrocki Posted: February 08, 2014 at 10:57 PM (#4653754)
Yes, Spilborghs was much-beloved by the Rockies fans, and could always be counted on to do something creative with his facial hair. I wish he were replacing the terrible George Frazier in the announcer's booth.
   7. Al Kaline Trio Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:27 AM (#4653771)
He was in the same dorm as me at UCSB in 1998. Didn't really know him but was a cool mellow dude from what I remember. Good for him making a career out of baseball. That would be pretty fun to be in the MLB and play in Japan.
   8. SABRJoe Posted: February 09, 2014 at 01:57 AM (#4653784)
He was in the same dorm as me at UCSB in 1998.

I was in Anacapa in '97-'98...you?
   9. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:23 AM (#4653827)
Did anybody else read this as one heckuva single season line for 2011?

Well it was Colorado, after all!

I always liked the guy -- he could do a little of a lot of things, in my SSS viewing of him.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:42 AM (#4653832)
Spilborghs was a DMB All-Star for me. Nice 4th OF to have.
   11. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: February 09, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4653838)
The greatest Flemish-American player ever?
   12. Jarrod HypnerotomachiaPoliphili(Teddy F. Ballgame) Posted: February 09, 2014 at 12:02 PM (#4653839)
Pretty sure that'd be this guy.
   13. Al Kaline Trio Posted: February 10, 2014 at 06:15 PM (#4654488)
I was in Anacapa in '97-'98...you?


I was in Santa Cruz '97-'98 small world heh.
   14. JoeC Posted: February 10, 2014 at 06:30 PM (#4654495)

I was in Santa Cruz '97-'98 small world heh.


You guys had one hell of an Ultimate team back then. I remember losing 15-1 to the Tide and feeling like we accomplished something by scoring.
   15. Al Kaline Trio Posted: February 10, 2014 at 06:36 PM (#4654500)
Ultimate frisbee? I was a computer science major (***fist pump*** after winning nerd off!)

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