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The Colorado Rockies pride themselves on building from within. In 2010, their Opening Day starting lineup consisted of eight homegrown players. It was by far the most in baseball.The club knows that to succeed, they must not miss with many draft picks, and scout very well in Latin America. They also must develop the talent that they do draft and…...

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My grandfather always told me that I have a face for radio. I guess writing suits that well, also. Anyway, if he were still around, I’m sure that he would give me a hard time about my recent interview with Dean Ouellette of SportsCave.tv. Ouellette asked me a few questions about the Rockies offseason and some expectations for their 2011…...

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When the Colorado Rockies brought Jim Tracy in to be the bench coach for the 2009 season, there was no doubt that he was a fall back plan in case Clint Hurdle couldn’t get the Rockies off to a quick start.After a disappointing 2008 season in which the Rockies made their previous run to the World Series look more like…...

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Heading into the spring, the Rockies were saying that their rotation was already decided. Ubaldo Jimenez, Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin, Jason Hammel, and Aaron Cook had the five spots locked up.However, fans have to wonder if the club was quietly running a try-out for the fifth spot. It wouldn’t have been a surprise after Cook has struggled since…...

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Much to the chagrin of baseball purists, sabermetrics are here to stay.Many baseball fans are well-aware of the new brand of statistics, but even the casual fan has started to be introduced to the emerging new style of keeping track of how well a player performs.Sabermetrics are a very useful tool. They dig far deeper into the actual game than…...

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The Colorado Rockies spent much of the 2010 season on the disabled list. Troy Tulowitzki missed 33 games with a broken wrist, Todd Helton spent more than 15 days on the shelf with a bad back, and Huston Street didn’t see Coors Field until June.That is just the beginning of the list. The Rockies struggles with injury were a major…...

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The Rockies are three games into their 2011 spring schedule. So far so good, they are 3-0. What does that mean? Absolutely nothing. Is it nice for Rockies fans to see that their team won another spring game? Sure. However, if the truth were told, the fans at home care more than the players in the clubhouse. Especially at this…...

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For years the California-Anaheim-Los Angeles Angels were said to be cursed because their stadium was built on an ancient Indian burial ground.Before the first at-bat at the new Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, it appeared that the field–the first ever opened on Native American land–may be cursed as well. When the Diamondbacks Kelly Johnson hit a soft fly ball…...

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The Colorado Rockies and their fans have plenty to be excited about in 2011. Despite the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants residing in their division, many believe that the Rockies have as good of shot as anyone to take home their first-ever National League West crown.The offseason was busy for the Rockies. Not just because they signed Troy Tulowitzki…...

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For 18 years the Colorado Rockies called Tucson their home for spring training. Those day are over.Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, the name of the new Rockies facility, is incredible by any standard. The batting cages seem to go on forever, the bullpens have ten pitching mounds. The clubhouse amenities are beyond that of most big league stadiums, equipped…...

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Baseball fans have their own version of Christmas. It is called Opening Day. However, Christmas wouldn’t be the same without the holiday season. That is called Spring Training for the baseball fan.On Monday, Colorado Rockies pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to their new Scottsdale home. As far as baseball action, that doesn’t mean much. As far as excitement…...

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The Colorado Rockies hold nearly every attendance record in Major League Baseball. For the first five years of their existence, scalping Rockies tickets may have been the most lucrative business in the state.The honeymoon ended, and reality set in. Instead of fans packing the seats at Coors Field, season after season of losing 90 games or more started to wear…...

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The winter meetings are usually a pretty dull period of time for the Rockies. They are not the type of team that is going to throw around huge money to big-name free agents. That’s why it was such a big surprise when the Rockies name was linked to reports that they might be interested in the Rangers Michael Young. The…...

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When Clint Hurdle brought the Colorado Rockies first manager back on to his staff before the 2009 season, the move was celebrated.The club had gone back to it’s roots and hired someone who understood the culture of the Rockies. However, that move will continue to haunt the Rockies for years to come. It became increasingly clear as the 2010 season…...

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Most Colorado Rockies fans have heard the news. Jeff Francis signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Royals. He will receive $2 million guaranteed, with incentives that can up his earning to twice that amount.It was inevitable. The Rockies turned down the lefties option early in the offseason, but said that they would like to have him back. The…...

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The Colorado Rockies have played baseball for 18 seasons. There were the honeymoon years, when crowds filled up Mile High Stadium or Coors Field, simply because baseball had arrived. There were the early successes that saw the likes of Larry Walker, Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla and Andres Galarraga bash their way into the playoffs. There were the big-spending years, in…...

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On Wednesday, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the 2011 class of Hall of Famers. After spending 14 years of being denied, Bert Blyleven made it in, along with perhaps the best second baseman of all time, Roberto Alomar. Both, in my mind, are worthy candidates. However, much of the talk around Colorado was about how first-time-eligible Larry Walker…...

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Who would have thought that the best thing Matt Holliday could have done for the Colorado Rockies would be to leave?One of the guys who came over in that deal just so happened to be Carlos Gonzalez. At the time of the deal, Gonzalez was a 22-year old player who had lost his prospect status after being given up on…...

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Colorado Rockies fans everywhere are currently pinching themselves.According to multiple reports, including from his own publicist, the Rockies have signed five-tool player Carlos Gonzalez to a seven-year, $80 million deal. There has been noise out of Venezuela throughout the offseason that the Rockies were in talks with Gonzalez about signing a long-term deal. However, excitement about signing any deal that…...

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The winter meetings are here, a time when the hot stove starts heating up. The Rockies offseason, however, is already boiling over.The Rockies started by signing star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to a deal that will keep him in purple pinstripes until 2020, giving him the best shot to be the town’s next John Elway. Lost in the Tulowitzki excitement was…...

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