Colorado Rockies

Catching up on my articles, New York Yankees
The New York Yankees go yard, defeat Minnesota Twins in American League Wild Card playoff.  Even after the Minnesota Twins had a huge top of the first, knocking Cy Young Award candidate Luis Severino out of the game after getting just a single out, they were still defeated by the power of the New York Yankees bats and bullpen. The top of the first was a long half-inning but it was likely much longer to one man than to the rest of us, Severino. Severino allowed a leadoff home run to the Twins’ Brian Dozier, a walk to Jorge Polanco, […]

Yanks go yard, defeat Twins in AL Wild Card game

Trevor Story, hazelbaker, takeaways 1
You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White and Hazelbaker? I decided I couldn’t be the only writer/blogger/columnist on the internet who just somehow skipped over the “Story” of the season. Being mostly assigned to the A’s and AL West, Trevor Story isn’t exactly within my jurisdiction, so to speak. But for those of you who may not be as obsessed with baseball as I am or else have been living under a rock Trevor Story is the Colorado Rockies’ new young shortstop. We may never have seen the 23-year-old Story become the biggest story of the young […]

You’ve heard the “Story” but have you heard of White ...

chapman, domestic violence
Chapman will not appeal suspension for domestic violence allegations The Los Angeles Dodgers were on the verge of acquiring Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman when a two-month-old story broke. How it had been kept quiet that long is really unfathomable in these days of social media and constant communication.  Apparently in October 2015 Chapman allegedly choked his girlfriend and fired off eight gun shots in his Florida home. No charges were brought against Chapman for the incident. Yet the incident was still considered serious by Commissioner Rob Manfred, especially under MLB’s new domestic violence policy as well as the increase […]

Chapman suspended 30 games for domestic violence

lefty-heavy rotations 1
How well can lefty-heavy rotations do in a season? It’s unusual in baseball for a team to have the majority of the pitchers in its starting rotation be left-handers. Lefty pitchers are more of a rarity and, therefore, usually a more-wanted commodity than right-handed pitchers. Having two, or maybe even three, is seen as a well-rounded rotation, but for a team to have four or five lefties in their rotation is almost unheard of. Almost. There have been teams in history though, who, like the 2016 Los Angeles Dodgers, have had enough left-handed starters to fill a rotation (though with LA’s recent […]

History of lefty-heavy starting rotations

free agents
Will teams looking to trade for outfielders hurt the remaining OF free agents? The Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez is suddenly on the trading block.  Teams looking at Gonzalez include the Washington Nationals, St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, all of whom could desperately use an outfielder (or two). Gonzalez started out slow in 2015, coming off of an injury plagued 2014, but had such a strong second half that he was able to rebuild his trade value. April and May were terrible for Gonzalez who hit just .219 with four homers. He picked it up starting in June […]

Teams beginning to look into trades instead of signing free ...

Cuddyer announces retirement Yep. It’s official. I’m super old. Not super old but super, HELLA old. Michael Cuddyer retired from baseball and I feel old. Why him? No real clue. Never been a fan, never not been a fan. I didn’t feel as old when Mariano Rivera retired or when I realized that both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez were over 40 – ok, well sometimes I am better off in denial. Except at least A-Rod and Jeter are still have some years on me. I remember them coming up in the league and Cuddyer as well. Michael Cuddyer has another […]

Michael Cuddyer calls it a career at 36 years old

Morneau could be perfect for Oakland The Colorado Rockies have declined the $9 million mutual option on first baseman Justin Morneau. They instead bought out the first baseman for $750,000. Morneau was limited to just 49 games in 2015 because of a head injury and whiplash he suffered after diving for a ground ball in a game against the Los Angeles Angels back in May. He battled concussion symptoms for most of the season and was placed on the 60-day disabled list. He was reinstated in early September. Morneau has had head injuries before and is all too familiar with […]

Morneau could be low-risk high-reward option for A’s

New Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto is certainly building an interesting core around him, both in the Mariners’ front office and in the clubhouse. Some of his recent hires, however, appear to be somewhat questionable, especially his choice for the team’s manager. Thursday, the Mariners introduced the former assistant general manager of the Los Angeles Angels, Scott Servais, as their new skipper. An interesting choice, but Dipoto was clearly looking for someone he knows he can trust, even at the expense of managerial experience. He interviewed quite a few candidates, including Tampa Bay Rays third base coach Charlie Montoya, […]

Do some of Dipoto’s recent moves seem questionable?

Troy Tulowitzki 3
Update: July 26, 2015 11:45 pm PT Well I decided, stupidly to check Twitter one last time tonight and Jon Morosi has confirmed that the Blue Jays will be sending Miguel Castro and Jeff Hoffman along with Jose Reyes and another player to the Rockies in exchange for Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins. Sources confirm #Rockies getting Reyes, Castro, Hoffman and one more player from #BlueJays in the blockbuster. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2015 Original Text: July 26, 2015 10:00 pm PT HOLY WOW! TROY TULOWITZKI IS NOW A TORONTO BLUE JAY!! See, I wrote that in caps […]

Troy Tulowitzki traded to Toronto

The Atlanta Braves got lucky when they signed veteran reliever/closer Jason Grilli. The right-hander has a career 4.07 ERA. In 2015 he is having the third best season of his career. ] His numbers have been better this season than the year he made his only All-Star appearance. The Braves took a risk on signing both him and veteran Jim Johnson and they’ve been better for it, at least when Grilli is in the conversation. That is until Saturday. Grilli had posted an ERA of 2.67 in the first half. He’s struck out 45 batters in 33.2 innings and allowed […]

Braves’ RHP Jason Grilli out for season

all-star teams
After losing out in the Final Vote for the 2015 All-Star Game both Troy Tulowitzki and Brian Dozier have made the National League  and the American League rosters, respectively.   Of course their finding spots on the rosters come at a cost to other teams. Saturday Miami Marlins’ All-Star second baseman Dee Gordon dislocated his left thumb during the seventh inning of the Marlins’ game against the Cincinnati Reds. He was sliding into head first into first base, going for an infield hit. This is why you should never slide headfirst into first base, almost every time I have seen […]

Dozier, Tulo make All-Star teams after all

2015 MLB Draft, top draft pick
The 2015 MLB Draft began on Monday with rounds one through competitive balance round B. (If you have any questions regarding rounds one through three or the competitive balance rounds you can check out my posts on being a MLB Draft newbie Part One & Part Two) A total of 75 amateur players were drafted on Monday but let’s take a look at the top 10 first round picks. The first three picks in the draft were all shortstops. It was the first time in MLB Draft history that this has occured. The first three picks went to the Arizona […]

2015 MLB Draft: Top 10 picks