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Even though the St. Louis Cardinals had invested a lot into their 2006 first-round pick over six years, Adam Ottavino was unceremoniously cut loose like so many others trying to carve out a career. Thankfully, the Colorado Rockies stepped in. Ottavino was a starting pitcher at the time, taking the ball 126 times in the minors and another three with…...

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When the first pitch of the season is thrown on Thursday, April 7 at Yankee Stadium some time around 1:05pm EST, the realization will truly begin to sink in that baseball has officially returned. After 99 days of an MLB-imposed lockout, the owners and players came together with a resolution that left both parties feeling positive.  The details of the...

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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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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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The 2021 National League West Champions, San Diego Padres. At least its not the Dodgers again, right? Following the acquisition of two front line starters and an international free agent, the Friars are not planning to contend for a Wild Card, nor do they just want to win the division. They want to be the best in the sport. And they may have just done it. Last week, GM A.J. Preller swung deals to acquire 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell from the Tampa Bay Rays and 2020 NL Cy Young Award runner-up Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs, all while keeping the core of their top prospects intact.  In picking up Korean Baseball Organization star Ha-seong Kim,…

DNVR Rockies beat reporters Drew Creasman and Patrick Lyons battle for supremacy discussing various hot topics pertaining to the inhabitants of 2001 Blake Street as well all the scuttlebutt in-and-around the game of baseball. Following two saves on the road during the first week of the season to help Colorado move to 4-1, closer Wade Davis coughed up another ninth-inning lead to San Diego and found himself in search of the same answers he could not find for all of 2018. To make matters worse, the best reliever in the bullpen may be done for the season as Scott Oberg is on the 45-day injured list with blood clotting in his pitching arm. With a bullpen lacking the veteran presence…

Parting isn’t always such sweet sorrow. While it can always be tough on a personal level whenever someone leaves an organization, especially one as tight-knit as the Colorado Rockies, there is no question that from a professional perspective the release of Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw comes as welcome news to fans. Both were signed to three-year, $27 million contracts...

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In a 14-4 drubbing of the Diamondbacks in 2004, the performance of one Rockies player may have gone overlooked in a box score filled with crooked numbers. The onslaught on Arizona starter Elmer Dessens lasted for four innings and nine runs, culminating with two innings and four runs against knuckleball reliever Steve Spark. Five players recorded two or more hits on this day, including Vinny Castilla and Todd Helton. But the player of the game was undoubtedly Aaron Miles: three-for-five, two home runs (one of which was a leadoff shot) and six runs batted in. A serviceable infielder for nine season in the majors who also won a World Series with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2006, Miles won’t have easily…

When Charlie Blackmon’s name was penciled into the lineup by new Colorado manager Bud Black on Opening Day 2017, it marked the fourth straight season Mr. Nazty began the year atop the lineup. Stepping to the plate at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Blackmon broke the tie with Walt Weiss for the franchise record in batting leadoff in game one. (He has since continued his streak to include 2018 and 2019, making it six consecutive seasons.) During the course of the season, Blackmon would help lead Colorado to their first playoff appearance in eight years, en route to a fifth-place finish in the NL Most Valuable Player Award voting. In October, Blackmon would hit leadoff the NL Wild Card Game and later make…

For many on the Front Range, Thursday was supposed to represent not only the rebirth of a new season, but the dawning of a new decade in Colorado Rockies history. Instead of the eternal hope that springs forth on Opening Day, society has screeched to a halt all across the country with merely the hope for survival taking precedence over the first pitch in this new world order. Baseball – games, the new variety – may not decorate our television screens like nearly every springtime before and it may not for some time. It may not at all…. But the sport itself is still bringing us together on social media as we adapt to the new normal, and the days…

It may be the eighth game of Spring Training already, but some Rockies pitchers are just starting to shake off the winter rust and get into Cactus League games. German Márquez, Wade Davis, Jake McGee and Scott Oberg made their 2020 premier on Sunday at Salt River Fields in a 6-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels. Márquez was fantastic over three innings, becoming only the second Colorado pitcher to last as long following Antonio Senzatela’s Friday start and the first to do it in scoreless fashion. After getting the vote of confidence from manager Bud Black as the team’s closer, Wade Davis tossed a one-two-three frame, striking out one – Angels’ top prospect Jo Adell – in the process.…

For those who aren’t interested in giving the Colorado Rockies a nuanced look, they are a 71-win team with no substantial changes coming in the offseason and so should expect to win roughly the same number of games in 2020. If you are disinclined toward such simplicity, however, you may find yourself pontificating on the sheer magnitude of possibilities, both...

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As Americans, we love to root for the hero almost as much as we love to root for the downfall of the villain. Nothing quite matches the feeling of seeing the bad guy get his comeuppance as evidenced by the recent popularity of Game of Thrones, a story rife with opportunities for schadenfreude. The worst ones for us as an...

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Much debate this offseason about the Colorado Rockies biggest needs this offseason. After a year in which so many things went so awry, it’s understandable for the club that went 71-91. It also underlines the fact that they also have more potential spread across the roster than some are willing to give them credit for. But potential is always trapped in the future. It has been suggested that the Rockies must prioritize adding a catcher and seeking improvements at starting pitcher and possibly center field, all of which make sense in a vacuum, but less so in context. If one was inclined to generalize, the easy answer is to say that the area in which Colorado most needs an upgrade…

The Colorado Rockies had an absolutely miserable campaign in 2019, there’s no way around it. As such it is natural, expected even, that national audiences – including 29 GMs in MLB – would be wondering aloud whether or not the club might have some interest in rebuilding. Despite the fact that Jeff Bridich made it crystal clear in contrasting his...

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DENVER – Sunday morning before their 1:10 pm ballgame, the Colorado Rockies placed closer Scott Oberg on the 10-day Injured List with a blood clot in his right arm, retroactive Saturday, August 17. “Yesterday afternoon we became aware of Scott’s situation,” manager Bud Black said of the issue with Oberg before a crowd of reporters in the Rockies dugout. “His...

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DENVER – Las Cucarachas don’t die easily. If you were one of the 38,181 at Coors Field who witnessed any of Colorado’s three comebacks on Sunday, you know the cockroaches usually have the last laugh. The 7-6 win wasn’t how the Rockies would have drawn it up, but Garrett Hampson’s walk-off single in the tenth inning punctuated Colorado’s fourth-straight victory and secured...

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DENVER – On a day closer Wade Davis was relieved of his ninth-inning duties, it was the removal of David Dahl that came as the biggest surprise Friday night when the 25-year-old was carted off the field with a right ankle sprain. Colorado won 5-4 on Friday night, but it was the health of Dahl serving as the memorable moment....

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It has been a season for quoting the late, great Yogi Bera. The Colorado Rockies have found themselves once again in a situation perfectly encapsulated by another one of Hall of Fame catchers’ gems. When you come to a fork in the road, take it. The 2019 season has not gone the way anyone associated with the club has hoped,...

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