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The addition of a superstar to the roster of any professional sports franchise is a thing of pure jubilation.  At least that’s been the prevailing thought in almost every instance. There’s always an exception to the rule. In that last 13 months, three notable figures on the roster of the Colorado Rockies have departed the only organization they ever knew.…...

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It’s official. There’s a work stoppage in baseball for the first time since 1995. And it may not be as bad as it seems. At least not yet. The collective bargaining agreement (CBA) – the basic pact that governs employment between the players and the league – expired at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday night and the league’s 30 owners…...

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“Don’t tell me where your priorities are. Show me where you spend your money, and I’ll tell you what they are.” – James W. Frick Mr. Frick knew a lot about how people spent their money. After serving honorably in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he enrolled at Notre Dame as a 23-year old freshman. To make ends…...

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It’s a classic statement that’s been uttered countless times over and it’s yet to be proven inaccurate. Whenever you go to the ballpark, you’re guaranteed to see something you’ve never seen before. For fans of the Colorado Rockies, it’s a streak of 4,534 games that began on April 5, 1993 and it shouldn’t end anytime soon. This list may not…...

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Colorado dropped the interim from his title on Saturday to name Bill Schmidt as the club’s fourth general manager, following in the footsteps of Bob Gebhard, Dan O’Dowd and Jeff Bridich. “After five months as our interim general manager, it became increasingly clear that Bill was the right person to lead this franchise forward,” said Colorado Rockies President and Chief…...

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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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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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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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Roughly 13 times each season, Nolan Arenado returned from a road trip and settled into his place downtown located within walking distance of Coors Field. When arriving for the next day’s game, he’d walk beneath the cavernous tunnels of the ballpark and take a right turn to the home clubhouse. On Thursday, for the first time, he turned left. “It’s…...

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It may have taken 628 days, but professional baseball is back along the Front Range. Following a year in which fans were not allowed in ballparks around the country and minor league players were forced to work from home, baseball is beginning to normalize with the return of the Rocky Mountain Vibes in Colorado Springs. The Vibes welcomed the Grand…...

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Trigger Warning: The Monforts are going to own the Colorado Rockies forever… Or at least, for the rest of most of our lives. Dick Monfort will remain the primary owner for the foreseeable future and the most likely scenario is that his son, Walker, takes over when the time comes. While there is nothing inherently wrong with calling for a…...

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Former Colorado Rockies GM Jeff Bridich. For some, that sentence bring jubilation at the thought of possibility for the future of the franchise. For others, it is a largely meaningless gesture that is likely to get lost in the shuffle of owner Dick Monfort continuing to meddle baseball operations, rendering the job of GM largely ceremonial. In short, how much…...

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