ROCKIES RUMORS & GOSSIP

REPORT: FBI launches investigation into Rockies Double-A ballpark situation

  According to a report from FanRag Sports, the FBI, yes the FBI, has launched an investiagion into the mess surrounding the construction, or at times lack thereof, of Dunkin’ Donuts park, the theoretical home of the Colorado Rockies Double-A affiliate, the Hartford Yardgoats. According to the report, the city of Hartford contacted the FBI over concerns that the roughly 71 million...
Via BSN Denver
9 hours ago

Tyler Chatwood, Jake McGee get early Rockies pitching calls; Jairo Diaz returns

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Rockies on Friday put in motion their spring pitching rotation, sending two veteran arms through simulated games a day before the Cactus League schedule kicks in. Tyler Chatwood, a 27-year-old right-hander, threw two game-like innings against Rockies hitters on a back field at Salt River, getting through about 30 pitches. Rockies manager Bud Black will stick...
Via The Denver Post
10 hours ago

Passionate Anderson to start Cactus opener

Pitcher Tyler Anderson is a competitive fellow, however the Rockies are watching to make sure he gathers himself in key situations.
Via mlb.com
10 hours ago

Diaz on mend from surgery, faces batters

Reliever Jairo Diaz, whose right elbow injury last March was one of many reasons the Rockies' bullpen struggled last season, took a small but significant step Friday by facing hitters at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.
Via mlb.com
12 hours ago

Tapia staying ready no matter where he lands

Although Rockies prospect Raimel Tapia is close to ready, he appears blocked by a strong outfield that includes several veterans.
Via mlb.com
13 hours ago

BSN Rockies Podcast: Ryan McMahon shares one of his “favorite memories ever”

  On this episode of the BSN Rockies Podcast, Drew Creasman interviews Colorado Rockies third and first base prospect, Ryan McMahon. They talk about everything from playing an entire season of no home games to one of McMahon’s “favorite memories ever.” Of course, his recent transition to first base and his own opinion on his production a year ago are discussed as well as some tidbits...
Via BSN Denver
13 hours ago

On The Rox podcast: Charlie Blackmon talks about offseason hunting, spring training and the 2017 season

Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon joins On The Rox podcast to talk about spring training with Rockies beat reporter Patrick Saunders. Saunders also talks with Nick Groke of the Post about the Cactus League and what to expect in 2017 at 20th and Blake. Subscribe to the podcastSoundCloud | iTunes | Stitcher
Via The Denver Post
15 hours ago

Rockies open Cactus League play on Saturday; here are the TV and radio schedules

The Rockies open their 2017 Cactus League schedule at 1:10 p.m. Saturday when they take on the Arizona Diamondbacks at Salt River Fields. It is the first of 36 exhibition games this spring. Of those 36 games, 23 can be heard on the radio via KOA 850 AM (94.1 FM) or KDSP 760 AM. Once again, Jack Corrigan and Jerry Schemmel will be the voices of the Rockies. Click here for a full...
Via The Denver Post
18 hours ago

These could be the final weeks of Carlos Gonzalez’ Rockies career

  With Jorge De La Rosa now officially gone, Carlos Gonzalez is the Last of the Mohicans. In 2017, the Colorado Rockies are set up to have their best season since 2009, a campaign that saw them reach 92 wins. Gonzalez was on that team. He is the only current Rockie who was. The time in between saw a devastating collapse at the end of 2010, the departures via trade of high-profile...
Via BSN Denver
18 hours ago

Rockies prospect German Marquez intends to compete for rotation

Rockies news and links for February 24, 2017. German Marquez, just 22, makes strong bid for Rockies rotation Patrick Saunders takes a look at German Marquez’s chances of breaking camp with the big league club as a member of the Rockies’ starting rotation. The prospect who was acquired alongside Jake McGee in the Corey Dickerson deal certainly turned some heads last season as...
Via Purple Row
21 hours ago

Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 24

In case you missed it, MLB Network was at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick as part of their series of 30 Clubs in 30 Days. Analyst Harold Reynolds talked about how the Rockies have the best lineup in all of baseball. He also expressed how he thinks new manager Bud Black brings a different […] Colorado Rockies: 3 Things You Should Know on February 24 - Rox Pile - Rox Pile - A...
Via Roxpile
22 hours ago

Colorado Rockies' 2017 TV and radio schedules announced

Soon you can watch live Rockies baseball. The Colorado Rockies and ROOT Sports announced the 2017 broadcast schedule for television today. ROOT Sports will televise six spring training games and 150 regular season games again this year. The first spring training Rockies game that ROOT Sports will televise is March 20 against the Chicago Cubs. ROOT will also televise Cactus League...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

Rockies' Chad Bettis optimistic after bout with cancer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) One night in November, Chad Bettis found a lump in the wrong place before going to sleep. The Colorado Rockies pitcher then gave himself an ultimatum: ''If I found it again in the morning, I needed to step up and say anything.'' He followed through and received a diagnosis of testicular cancer. He underwent surgery to remove one of his testicles on Nov...
Via Associated Press
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Can Trevor Rewrite An Even Better Story In 2017?

Trevor Story in 2016 with Double-A New Britain Rock Cats (Photo: Gabe Rodriguez) The Colorado Rockies Trevor Story exploded onto the scene in 2016 when he batted .260 with 21 home runs and 57 RBI’s in his first 81 games. The second year shortstop started the second half on a tear batting .340, with six home runs and 15 RBI’s in just 16 games before going down with a season...
Via Legends On Deck
1 day ago

Rockies pitcher Chris Rusin an under the radar role player

Rockies news and links for February 23, 2017. Rusin’s versatility a plus for the Rockies | MLB.com Chris Rusin had an under the radar good season in 2016, and he could play a significant role on the 2017 as well. Here, Thomas Harding highlights Rusin’s ability to start if needed. If 2016 is any indication, however, Rusin will be more effective out of the bullpen. It’s nice...
Via Purple Row
1 day ago

Ian Desmond on learning how to play first base

SCOTTSDALE, Az. -- Think anyone can play first base? Here are just some of the elements that Ian Desmond is trying to master while learning the position with the Rockies. with whom he signed a five-year contract in the offseason: The 3-6-3 double play  “It’s a quick turn, a throw and get back to the bag, find the bag as quick you can and pick up the throw," he said. "Early...
Via FOX Sports
1 day ago

Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis ‘remains free of cancer’

The Colorado Rockies will begin spring training games on Saturday. But regardless of how those games go, things are already looking better for pitcher Chad Bettis.“Chad Bettis pitched a ho-hum bullpen session Wednesday at Salt River Fields. That is not why teammates congratulated him,” Nick Groke of The Denver Post wrote. “The Rockies right-hander, three months after he was...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies Could Benefit From Potential Facebook-MLB Deal

It’s been reported that Facebook and Major League Baseball are in talks to stream baseball games during the 2017 season. That could be very good news for the Colorado Rockies and their attempt to educate people outside the Mountain time zone that a pretty darn good baseball team resides in LoDo. According to published reports, […] Colorado Rockies Could Benefit From Potential...
Via Roxpile
2 days ago

Rockies' Story wants to show power surge was not fiction

For all Trevor Story accomplished in a record rookie season, his biggest takeaway is this: Slide feet first. A painful lesson and one that ended the Colorado Rockies shortstop's outstanding season in late July after he tore a ligament in his left thumb trying avoid a tag while reaching for second base . Before his injury, Story was making headlines for his improbable power surge...
Via Associated Press
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Black makes immediate impact on culture of new Colorado club

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) Bud Black called on young pitcher Rayan Gonzalez and put the Puerto Rican right-hander on the spot in front of everybody. Colorado's new manager inquired about what Gonzalez likes to do away from the field? Gonzalez shared that he and wife, Alexa, regularly do salsa dancing. Cue the salsa music - well, after two miscues playing merengue tunes before being...
Via Associated Press
7 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rockies Could Really Use Joe Blanton

Two weeks have elapsed since I last wrote about the Rockies, so I hope enough time has passed to allow me to return to the subject matter. As we know, Colorado has experimented with a number of approaches to pitching at Coors Field, from sinker-heavy staffs to expensive free agents to four-man rotations. Nothing, it seems, has worked. Back in January, I wrote about how the Rockies...
Via Fangraphs
9 days ago  |  Discuss

DJ LeMahieu Gets No Respect

Monday afternoon, I put up an InstaGraphs post titled “The Least Intimidating Hitter in Baseball.” The idea was to use a formula including fastball rate and zone rate, because, the way I figure, the more aggressively a hitter gets pitched, the less the pitchers are afraid of. I combined a couple z-scores to get a number I’ll refer to today as the Aggressiveness Index, and many...
Via Fangraphs
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies – 2017 Rotation Preview

What is this witchcraft? The Colorado Rockies rotation isn’t bad!? No it’s not. Lets remember the 16-strikeout-0-walk game that ace Jon Gray pitched last year. You read that correctly, and I’m still not over it! Tyler Anderson, Chad Bettis, Tyler Chatwood, and  Jeff Hoffman will round out the rest of the rotation. Lets go through one by one and see if I can make a believer...
Via isportsweb.com
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Ian Desmond at first makes sense for the Colorado Rockies

The first official workout for the Colorado Rockies is just over two weeks away. The 40-man roster and non-roster invitees to Spring Training have been made final, and it appears that Ian Desmond will be the starting first baseman heading into camp and for the regular season. The signing of Desmond to a $70 million contract over five years to play first base for Colorado turned heads...
Via isportsweb.com
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Effectively Wild Episode 1017: The Ryan Raburn is Due Edition

Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about the anticlimactic approach of spring training and answer listener emails about baseball reductionism, investing in Little League, the Cardinals’ effect on the Cubs, transplanting Trout and Kershaw, and wearing out starters, with a statistical detour to talk about history’s most volatile hitters. Audio intro: Thrush Hermit, "We Are...
Via Fangraphs
16 days ago  |  Discuss
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