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LAS VEGAS – On Thursday, MLB teams with room on their 40-man roster will have an opportunity to pluck a player from another organization in the annual Rule 5 Draft with the hopes of finding a true diamond in the rough. Though a much different version of the Rule 5 Draft has existed as far back as 1892, the 2018...

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LAS VEGAS – Colorado Rockies General Manager Jeff Bridich address a small group of reporters on Monday during the first official day of the MLB Winter Meetings. Bridich talked a lot about various processes in which the organization would abide and from which it would not waver. He also confirmed the areas of target for player acquisition will be at…...

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DENVER –  On Saturday in Scottsdale, two teams comprised of the brightest stars of tomorrow representing five major league organizations apiece faced off in the late autumn classic known as the Arizona Fall League Championship Game. Starting at third base and batting second for the East Division Champs, the Salt River Rafters, was a player whose name had been unfamiliar…

Colorado Springs – After nearly half a century as the Sky Sox, owing to their original affiliation with the Chicago White Sox between 1950-58, the newest Pioneer League team in Colorado Springs will be called the Rocky Mountain Vibes. And their mascot is a marshmallow. It’s quite excellent. Before the Albuquerque Isotopes became the final stop for the future Rockies,…...

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DENVER – When Garrett Hampson reported to the Rockies major league camp in Scottsdale in February at the start of the 2018 season, he was a 23-year-old infielder who had never played professional baseball above Class A. By October, he was on Colorado’s playoff roster and a key player off the bench, scoring what would be the final run of…...

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DENVER – Arenado. Story. CarGo. LeMahieu. Freeland. Marquez. Ottavino. These names and several more are known as the players who made it possible for the 2018 Colorado Rockies to clinch their second consecutive playoff appearance. Bridich. Black. Rosenthal. Wilson. Cole. Other notable names of coaches and front office executives who helped build a team that won at least 90 games…...

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SCOTTSDALE – As a 6’5” outfielder with an impressive combination of speed and power, it seems hard to believe that some scouts didn’t believe Sam Hilliard could make it as a hitter. After four progressive seasons in the Rockies organization, featuring All-Star selections each of the past three years, including this season where he was the runner-up in the Double-A…...

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DENVER – The mood was somber inside a Rockies clubhouse on Sunday still raw after a 6-0 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers in an elimination game at home, the first in as long as many from the Centennial State can remember. The space was filled coaches, teammates and friends descended upon by numerous members of the press who stuck around…...

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DENVER – A lackluster Rockies that recorded only three hits led the way in disappointment for the first Rockies playoff game at Coors Field in nearly a decade. Getting shutout for the second straight time, the Rockies were swept out of the NLDS after a 6-0 loss in their final game of the season. German Marquez improved upon his Opening…...

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DENVER – It’s no secret that being down 2-0 in a five game series less than ideal in any competition. In baseball, recording just ten hits during 19 innings of play is also a poor statistic to reflect upon. But Bud Black has tweaked the lineup in order to help the offense settle into a groove during the early innings…...

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MILWAUKEE – Tyler Anderson had a solid run of games during the same where he pitched his best baseball of the season, recording quality starts in eight of nine starts between June 7 and July 24. In July, he had a 2.16 ERA and a 0.87 WHIP. When the calendar flipped to August, Anderson had a setback during a start in…...

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MILWAUKEE – On Wednesday’s Workout Day, manager Bud Black shared his views on a wide range of topics, much of which is well known to Rockies fans, particularly to those points pertaining to his own players. Black addressed several areas of concern as it dealt with the Brewers pitching, Christian Yelich and the strategies to a five-game series. In Game…...

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DENVER – It didn’t take long to realize on Sunday that Colorado would need to travel to Los Angeles for game 163. After two runs in the first inning against San Francisco and another seven in the third, it was clear that neither the Giants nor the Nationals would decide the fate of the National League West. While San Francisco…...

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DENVER – Soon after 1:12 PM first pitch at Coors Field, it became apparent that Colorado would need to travel to Los Angeles for a one-game playoff in order to claim the National League West. But they would still need to win to force it. In the process of getting to game 163, Tyler Anderson emerged as the third horse…...

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DENVER – David Dahl’s solo blast in the sixth inning Friday night capped a 5-2 victory,  punching a ticket to the playoffs for Colorado and marking the first time in franchise history the team has made consecutive playoff appearances. After the team’s brief celebration, Dahl returned to the clubhouse before Saturday’s game to praise the Rockies and keep an eye…...

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DENVER – The Dodgers secured their place in the 2018 MLB Playoffs with a victory on Saturday afternoon, dashing the hopes of a celebration at Coors Field before the first pitch. With the Rockies 12-2 loss to the Nationals, A sellout crowd of 47,781 in attendance backed Jon Gray in support, with hopes that he could shake the label as a…...

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DENVER – Here’s a taste of today’s pre-game banter by manager Bud Black with the press before the Rockies game two against the Diamondbacks: On Trevor Story’s ability to step up for the club and seeing him step up: “For Trev, it’s great to see improvement over the last couple of years. I know that in 2016, he had a…...

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DENVER – When Rockies manager Bud Black filled out his lineup card for game two of a pivotal NL West series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, one rather notable player was missing: Nolan Arenado. Plagued by soreness in his right shoulder for the past month, Arenado has seen his production at the plate drop off drastically in the past two…...

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DENVER – The first words out of Bud Black’s mouth Wednesday night summing up Trevor Story’ record-setting three home-run game: “That was awesome, wasn’t it?” The trio of home runs marked only the seventeenth time a Rockies player had accomplished such a feat. Immediately after the game, Carlos Gonzalez wanted to mark the occasion with a celebratory beverage and made…...

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DENVER – Here’s a taste of today’s pre-game banter with manager Bud Black before the Rockies look to finish of a three-game sweep of the Giants: On the aggressiveness of base runners coming from the players or coaching staff: “Kind of a combination. We’ve been in the type of games now that enable us to do that, whether close or…...

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