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About four hours after their closer was taken off the field in an ambulance due to a batting practice line drive to the lower abdomen, the Rockies playoff chances took their own shot to the groin.Coming home was supposed to be a relief. After all, the Rockies finished a home stand 8-2 before heading into the All-Star break. The ability…...

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The Colorado Rockies finished the first half of the 2010 season 10 games above .500 and two games behind the San Diego Padres in the National League West race. At the beginning of the season, most Rockies fans would have been content with those numbers. However, there is still a sense of under achievement when it comes to this Rockies…...

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Jim Tracy took over for Clint Hurdle and was an immediate success. He brought stability to a lineup that changed everyday and roles for a bullpen that was consistently a fluid situation.That Jim Tracy is gone.In his postgame press conference after the Rockies were defeated 3-2 by the Padres, Tracy was asked why he decided to go with Manny Corpas…...

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Could someone please fix the humidor?The Rockies lost 12-11 on Wednesday after slamming their way back into a game in which they were down by six runs before they recorded a single out. Greg Smith pitched all of one inning, giving up six earned runs on four hits and three walks. It was the exactly opposite of what the Rockies…...

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The Colorado Rockies wrapped up their home Spring Training schedule on Thursday. The Rockies bid adieu to Hi Corbett Field, the only spring home the franchise has known since its inception in 1993. They depart Tucson for the final time, gearing up to start a highly anticipated 2010 season.While excitement for the season heats up, the news on closer Huston…...

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Spring Training injuries are as common as the morning sunrise. Everyday there is a new one. When athletes are actually million dollar investments, there is no reason to push a player who has a bump or a bruise. Six weeks of Spring Training is usually plenty of time to get ready for the everyday grind of the season. If a…...

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Manny Corpas is a polarizing figure amongst Rockies fans. The right handed reliever has felt just about every emotion a Major League relief pitcher can feel. In his first full season in the big leagues, Corpas took over as the closer for the Rockies after Brian Fuentes stumbled. Corpas did nothing less than notch 19 saves in 20 opportunities, sporting…...

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It must be the end of January.The Broncos have been done for almost a month and 45 degrees feels really warm. Another sign of the end of January is a flurry of baseball moves waking the sport from its winter of slumber. These moves warm the heart of baseball fans around the country.This offseason has been a strange one for…...

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Hey Rockies fans, you got your wish.Dick and Charlie Monfort, owners of the Rockies, proved many fans wrong on Tuesday, opening their wallets and locking up closer Huston Street to a three-year deal and Rafael Betancourt to a two-year pact.Ever since the failed signings of Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton way back in 2001, the Rockies have been reluctant to…...

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As temperatures in Denver struggle to reach 20 degrees, the depression sets in for the typical baseball fan. Days are spent following rumors as to where journeyman catcher and career .251 hitter Brian Schneider will sign as a backup catcher.Despite the lack of activity, many decisions are being made in the front office that are making an impact on the…...

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Was that fun? There are Rockies fans everywhere with purple faces, and it has nothing to do with face paint and team spirit. It has everything to do with them not breathing for a full half inning. Eight innings of excitement for Rockies fans were followed by one inning of hair pulling, heart racing gut wrenching baseball that ended up…...

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So much for that four game lead in the Wild Card race. The Rockies went to San Francisco for a three game weekend series that was supposed to solidify their lead in the Wild Card race and instead return to Denver with their tails between their legs and serious issues raring their ugly heads. It looked good for the Rockies.…...

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The Colorado Rockies have played 105 games in 2009. Through 105 games all the Rockies have shown is that they are a 1/2 game better than the Giants. However, it is tough to judge the Rockies based on 105 games as a whole. The Rockies season really has to be split up into two distinct parts. The first two months,…...

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The Rockies were heading into Sunday’s game looking to sweep the Reds and sweep away the memory of a bad series in New York to start the road trip. With Jason Marquis on the mound everything was in line for that scenario to play out. Just three innings away from making that a reality and winning their fourth straight game…...

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In the last week the Rockies have made a flurry of trades that have helped address the bullpen issues. They brought in Rafael Betancourt from the Indians, promoted Jhoulys Chacin from Double-A and then landed lefty specialist Joe Beimel from Washington in a trade involving two minor leaguers. Many believed that the Rockies front office, while busy, did not make…...

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Go back one year ago. The Rockies were living in a fantasy world thinking that they were still in the National League West race. They knew that the odds of signing upcoming free agent Brian Fuentes was slim to none and Matt Holliday, who had rejected several of the teams offers for a long-term deal, was in high demand. Not…...

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This is generally the time of year when Rockies fans are cringing at the rumors about which team their favorite Rockies players will be dealt to. The franchise has very rarely been in buying mode at the trade deadline. Even in 2007, when the team shocked the world by going to their first ever World Series, the club was 6-1/2…...

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