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The excellent FanGraphs writer and creator of ZiPS joins the podcast to talk all things projection systems and the issues plaguing the Colorado Rockies. Dan Szymborski also shares his thoughts on which players could exceed projections and which could offer the most return in the trade should the Rockies need to get creative. And how many wins could Colorado reach…

When the lockout comes to end at some point in 2022 and Major League Baseball can have free agent signings and trades of typical offseasons past, the Colorado Rockies will need to not only improve their lineup in the power department, but will also need to add a notable name.  On Opening Day of the 2019 season, the Colorado Rockies…...

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What does the Rockies’ Opening Day 2022 lineup look like right now? Who’s batting leadoff? Where should Brendan Rodgers hit? And is Ryan McMahon ready to bat third? We answer these questions and look at free agent options, highlight the history of Colorado’s free agent spending and examine how that Tyler Chatwood deal – signed on this date four years…

Context is king.  This has very much flown out the window in the last few years as sound bites have joined forces with a 280 character-limit causing society to lose all ability to decipher what anything means in the greater sense.  As such, it feels like a good time to attempt to uncover it all for Brendan Rodgers and put…...

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GM Bill Schmidt does it again, locking up Elias Díaz to a three-year, $14.5 million contract that keeps the 31-year-old catcher in purple pinstripes through the 2024 season. Rumblings of Ryan McMahon at shortstop are intriguing, as are possibilities of Brendan Rodgers moving back to his natural position. One thing is for sure: there cannot be a platoon at this…

In 1997, Larry Walker won the National League MVP award on the back of a NL-leading 49 home runs and top-marks in on-base and slugging percentage. Walker was enshrined in the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2021. He remains the only player in Rockies history to reach Cooperstown or to have won an MVP Award. Larry Walker Award for Most…...

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The Hank Aaron Award, named after the man who surpassed Babe Ruth’s home run record and still has more RBI and All-Star Game appearances than any other, is given to the best hitter in each league. In the second year of the award in 2000, Todd Helton was awarded the prize. It remains the only one bestowed upon a Rockies…...

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Jackie Robinson won the first Rookie of the Year Award in 1947. Forty years later, it was renamed to honor the Civil Rights trailblazer. Colorado may have developed many talented All-Stars during their time, but starting pitcher Jason Jennings is the only player to ever earn the prestigious award. Jason Jennings Award for Rookie of the Year Lucas Gilbreath A…...

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Steve Reed represented the Colorado Rockies through their first five seasons of existence and pitched in more games than any other for the franchise, spending half his 14-year career in purple. His 140 ERA+ is often overlooked, and remains a staggering figure during era pitched mostly before the advent of the humidor.   Steve Reed Award for Unsung Hero Elias Díaz…...

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Colorado Rockies general manager Bill Schmidt hasn’t pulled any punches this offseason so far. Even as postseason baseball rages into its second week, he may not soon after the final out is recorded in the 2021 World Series. Schmidt extended RHP Antonio Senzatela to a five-year contract worth $50 million and re-signed C.J. Cron to a two-year, $14.5 million deal…...

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Since May 21, the Colorado Rockies are 55-51. Because of the screwed up economics of baseball, trying to lose is a viable strategy for at least third of the teams in MLB so it makes perfect sense that some would see this not as success but rather as a failure of another kind. After all, they aren’t making the postseason…...

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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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Major League debut. First big league hit. First home run.  For many players, it’s the moment they’ve been envisioning their entire life. It’s what makes all the youth tournaments, minor league bus rides, all those days playing through soreness and time spent away from family worth the grind of being a professional baseball player. “When you look at a players…...

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