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When St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina flew out to right field for the final out of the National League Championship Series, it marked the final game for Larry Kenneth Robert Walker. The date was October 19, 2005. Walker waited the requisite five years after his retirement from baseball before reaching the 2011 Hall of Fame ballot. He waited another…...

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How much difference can one year make? If you’ve been watching the Colorado Rockies lately, you’ve probably noticed that they’ve been a much better ballclub since the end of May. If you’ve been watching closely, you’ve definitely still noticed that several of their fundamental flaws remains the same, though. The offense is unreliable, especially on the road where the whole…...

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Regardless if the Rockies finish towards the bottom of the 2021 power rankings, it’s undeniable that they are at the top when it comes to delivering excitement in the familiar confines of Coors Field.  Their .652 (45-24) winning percentage at 2001 Blake Street is fourth-best in all of Major League Baseball. With a month remaining on the calendar, the club…...

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The announcement of LHP Austin Gomber to the injury list with a stress fracture to his lower spine placed a large question mark on the identity of Colorado’s starting pitcher against Atlanta on Sunday. It didn’t take long for the Rockies to announce RHP Ryan Feltner would be added to the 40-man roster and given the ball tomorrow for his…...

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“Baseball doesn’t need to be fixed!” I decry whenever commissioner Rob Manfred announces a new rule change, or potential rule change, to MLB that I find utterly unnecessary or even damaging. Of course, that mantra fades away pretty quickly every time someone on Twitter tags me with video of yet another egregiously missed ball/strike call from a home plate umpire.…...

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After 70 years of producing baseball trading cards for several generations of sports memorabilia collectors, the most notable name in the industry, Topps, is now on the outside looking in. In a memo revealed by numerous sources on Friday, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players’ Association have reached an agreement with Fanatics to exclusively produce baseball cards. The Topps…...

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The Colorado Rockies farm system is not strong enough. What strength there is lies primarily in the lower levels and is, therefore, several years from MLB. The big league club has been stupendous at home but so terrible on the road that it all amounts to a club well under .500 that is now claiming intentions to try to compete…...

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To paraphrase the great American singer-songwriter and New York Mets superfan Billy Joel: Darling, I don’t know why the Rockies go to extremes. In their 29th season of play, never before have the Colorado Rockies experienced such vacillating results in so many ways. Each day seemingly brings a surprising statistic of excellence – typically when at home – or a…...

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The prototypical batting lineup probably looks the same for most folks when they dream up a perfect team. The speediest player on the roster – center fielder or shortstop – has traditionally batted first. (Of course, having a player with the best on-base percentage leading off may take some precedence in the modern age of sabermetrics, but the position is…...

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For as long as human beings have known of its existence, we have had an obsession with gold. We set the gold standard, named the golden boy or the golden child because they’re “good as gold” or at least “worth their weight in gold.” We try to follow the golden rule, maybe using the golden compass, and who doesn’t love…...

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It was the worst of times. And then it was the best of times. In the tale of two Elias Diaz’ truer words were never spoken. Baseball is a vehicle for chaos. It is a game of slumps and streaks for every individual and every team. And yet still somehow, it is a game where everything tends to come back…...

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“Failure is an awful thing, and when I look at the common denominator of failure, it seems to always be the same thing: excuses.” – Jon Taffer A close relative of mine had a reputation for being a curmudgeon and a worrier. Though he held positions of importance in his jobs and social clubs over his life, he tended to…...

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For the first time in five years, Colorado Rockies games will be playing in American League ballparks throughout the midwestern United States in 2022 as the National League West faces the AL Central during interleague play for the first time since 2017. The Rockies begin the season in southern California to play the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day for…...

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At the plate, Raimel Tapia is who he has always been. Before he even arrived in the United States as a teenager, he was making a name for himself in the Dominican Republic thanks to his prodigious hand-eye coordination. And he did, as the saying, goes, “hit his way off the island.” Throughout his minor league career, he carved out…...

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On Wednesday, the Colorado Rockies traded RHP Mychal Givens to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for minor leaguers RHP Noah Davis and RHP Case Williams. Acquired less than a year ago from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade that shipped out prospects 1B/3B Tyler Nevin, IF Terrin Vavra and OF Mishael Deson, Givens hopes to continue his successful season as…...

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Happy Anniversary, Rockies fans. Sort of.  Excluding the mammoth trade of Troy Tulowitzki in 2015, a deal that saved the franchise $50 million in the process, the last deadline deal Colorado made in a losing season was on this date in 2012.  At 23 games under .500, 16.5 games behind the newly-implemented second Wild Card and three years removed from…...

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Having already won seven consecutive games against the Rockies and up 7-2 in the ninth with one of the best bullpens in the National League, the Dodgers were poised to pull within one game of the first-place San Francisco Giants. Max Muncy wasn’t about to pass up an opportunity to put the final nail in Colorado’s coffin, one that would…...

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When did you first fall in love with baseball? Can you remember? Was it a singular glorious moment that brought it all into focus? A deep drive, the crowd rising to their feat, and the thunderous roar for a walk-off win? An exhilarating pitching performance that glued you to your seat? Was it a weekend or couple of weeks of…...

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When Dodgers’ Will Smith swung through an 0-2 knuckle curve from Cubs’ Craig Kimbrel to finish a combined no-hitter on June 25, few expected it would somehow be the beginning of the end for the North Siders.  Tied for first in the NL Central with the Milwaukee Brewers and nine-games over .500 at the end of that memorable day, Chicago…...

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