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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, [...]

Past and Present: The Rockies and The Mets

May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

The New York Mets hold a special place in the history of the Colorado Rockies, on a sunny, slightly windy early April day in 1993, the Rockies played their first major league game ever against the Mets at Shea Stadium. With expansion draft pick David Nied on the mound, the Rockies held off the Mets [...]

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 [...]

Isotopes Baseball, One Step Away

April 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Baseball rosters change faster than any other sport. That’s the beauty and challenge of minor league ball. Making sure players are ready to fill roles when the phone rings and preparing players to become key contributors at the next level. “Triple-A is a different dynamic between all [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]
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