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Just two days before Opening Day, Rockies relievers Lucas Gilbreath and Robert Stephenson had the unfortunate luck of landing on the COVID-19 injury list. With the team hopping aboard a plane heading back to Denver and the duo unable to join their teammates, a precarious situation began to develop. “I was like, ‘Okay, I guess we’re stuck in Arizona,’” Stephenson…...

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Major League Baseball made it official on Friday: the first week of Spring Training games through March 4 have been canceled. “We regret that, without a collective bargaining agreement in place, we must postpone the start of Spring Training until no earlier than March 5,” MLB state through a press release. “All 30 Clubs are unified in their strong desire…...

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Justin Wick of Purple Row and MLB Communications discusses his experiences in the 2021 Arizona Fall League and shares the best of the stadiums, caps and Rockies prospects. We also pay homage to Keli McGregor and his lasting legacy in Scottsdale as Salt River Fields is unanimously the gem of Spring Training facilities. “The ‘Evolution of the Ball’ needs a…

If you’ve never attended the Arizona Fall League, you’re in good company. What you’d be missing is the next generation of ballplayers, putting forth an additional five weeks of work to be ready for their major league debuts next season. It was true of AFL start Pete Alonso in 2018 before slugging a rookie-record 53 home runs the next season…...

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According to a report on Friday by Bob Nightengale of USA Today, Major League Baseball is discussing an alternate site season that would utilize Spring Training facilities in Arizona and Florida to conduct a shortened 2020 season. In order to facilitate such a plan, the concept of American and National League would no longer exist. Instead, Cactus League and Grapefruit…

SCOTTSDALE – As a 6’5” outfielder with an impressive combination of speed and power, it seems hard to believe that some scouts didn’t believe Sam Hilliard could make it as a hitter. After four progressive seasons in the Rockies organization, featuring All-Star selections each of the past three years, including this season where he was the runner-up in the Double-A…...

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