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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 [...]

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, [...]

A Victor in the Catcher Wars

May 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The year was 2009, and Colorado Rockies fans were settled deep into one of two metaphorical trenches opposing one another over a vast hellscape cluttered with broken numbers and inundated with a hazy fog of grit.  In one trench waved a banner bearing the name “Iannetta,” and in the other: [...]

Inside Isotopes Pitching with Coach Darryl Scott

May 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Albuquerque Isotopes pitching coach Darryl Scott knows what it’s like to battle in the minor leagues. Scott’s baseball reference page features 16 games from the 1993 season with the California Angles, the only time he appeared in Major League Baseball. However he did put together a [...]

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 [...]

A Tale of Two BABIPs – Nolan Arenado vs DJ LeMahieu

April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

One of the fun things about chatting around #Rockies Twitter is the statistical discussions that pop out of it. Now, 140 characters usually isn’t a great forum for a hypothetical debate, but it is a good venue for getting some ideas to research. Tonight, I posed a question towards the Root [...]

The Art of Scorekeeping

April 16, 2016 | 2 Comments

Unlike football, hockey, and basketball, baseball has a system of scorekeeping that can truly be defined as elegant and personal. Since the flow of baseball is rarely impacted by time limits, the metric by which the games passes is broken down into at-bats. Given that each at-bat is a distinct, [...]

Keep Calm and Rock On

April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

About the front office, “Lost… Clueless…” About “cheap” owners, “Ownership is either unable to roll out big money for a star who can help them win a World Series or they are unable to do it.” About a general manager, “You’re in over your head. [...]

Baseball, Muses, and Writing about the Rockies

April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last offseason, I wrote a post enumerating different ways a fan could conceivably get their baseball fix between November and February. At the time, though, it nagged at me that there was one great recommendation on there in which I myself had not yet partaken: Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn. Shortly [...]
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