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2016 Colorado Rockies Season

40-Man Ladder: To Trade or Not to Trade

July 21, 2016 | 3 Comments

Every once in a while a baseball team finds itself at a crossroads.  I like to think of these crossroads as occurring on a hilltop clearing overlooking a dark and misty forest.  While each team is on a different path, they all stand on their own lonely hilltop intersections and stare off [...]

The Truth About Rockies Pitching

June 8, 2016 | 1 Comment

It’s usually right around this time of year that baseball fans start to draw some conclusions.  Of course, for some fans – often the most, let’s say… “passionate” fans – an 0-for-20 or four-game losing streak in April is enough for him or her to write off a player or team for the [...]

Not His Lucky Day: The Jon Gray Problem

May 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

2012 was a rough year for the Colorado Rockies: between the NL lowest 5.22 ERA, an ultimately poor defense, and position players beset by injury, the Rockies struggled to get by with a 64-98 season. Through the misery of the season came a small glimmer of hope, behind the Astros and the Cubs, the [...]

The Rockies are Closer to Competitive Than We Thought

May 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

It is nearing the end of May, and there are still many double takes coming from baseball fans taking a glance at the National League West scorecard so far. Roughly a month and a half into the season, with just over 40 games played, the Rockies aren’t in the cellar. You can call it the [...]

Why These Rockies Might Be Different

May 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

A version of this story appeared in the ESPN SweetSpot Blog. Coming off a five game winning streak along with a sweep of the New York Mets at home, there was a lot of excitement going into this recent Rockies road trip. The Rockies were fluttering around .500 and in the middle of the pack in the NL [...]

Rockies Pitching with Steve Foster

May 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

If you listen to Colorado Rockies pitching coach Steve Foster you might assume his office is full of motivational posters. That’s just the way he is wired as a coach. The way he approaches conversations and development is about more than results. A phrase he uses is growth step. Simply put, [...]

After a Month of Baseball, Rockies Fans Have Many Reasons to Watch

April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in March, with spring training winding to a close, most baseball fans — Rockies fans included — would be shocked if someone told them what the standings would look like as the first month of play ended. Sure, the Rockies have a long tradition of playing well through April before [...]

40-Man Ladder – 2016 Kick-off Edition

April 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

First, this: Truth be told, I’m not a huge a Beatles fan.  I mean, I think they’re good and all that.  I recognize the impact they had.  They’re just not my favorite artists from that era.  Regardless, I do love this song around this time of year.  The sonics are flowery, like my front [...]

Rockies Wars : Episode April 2016

April 9, 2016 | 2 Comments

This is a Rockies Star Wars parody. Any resemblance to any player or droid, in this universe or another, might be coincidental. (Click BB-8 below for a neat intro. Caution: It does have sound.) Outside an abandoned escape pod at the desert city of Scottsdale, Arizona, a tall golden robot and a [...]