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Rockies dismiss two from coaching staff…


The Denver Post reports tonight that the Rockies actually fired someone (story here), just not who fans would’ve guessed to be fired more than anyone else within the organization. We all know that Dan O’Dowd should’ve been the first one fired, but within the Rockies front office no one gets fired, they just get reassigned to a new position.

The Rockies dismissed hitting coach Carney Lansford and third base coach Rich Dauer, with possibly more dismissals to come as this offseason already begins to drag on. So let’s see no manager, no hitting coach and no third base coach, and oh yea let’s not forget no pitching coach either. If you’re in the market for a major league job, I will tell you now that you are a fool to want to work for this organization. But there is a fool born every minute.


Jim Tracy resigns from Rockies…


From the “This just in” department (thanks to my buddy Chris for the text alert), Jim Tracy has resigned as manager of the Colorado Rockies. Story here.

Honestly can you blame Tracy? And I say that not because of the teams record and underachieving performance last season, but from the standpoint of that Tracy understands that the Rockies as an organization from upper management to ownership are a joke and that’s being nice about it. So why not forfeit 1.4 million in his last year of his contract and at the same time forfeit himself of the massive migraine headache that O’Dowd, Geivett and the Monforts are.

If you read Mark Kiszla’s article in the Denver Post this morning (here), he hit it right on the head (I cant believe I just agreed with an article written by Kiszla) in saying that Tracy needs to look out for himself and in resigning as manager of the Rockies, I believe that’s exactly what Tracy did. Did he want to leave the team, no. But how can you manage a team when you’ve got O’Dowd and Geivett calling the shots from pitching rotations to pitch counts, etc. Let’s face it, the Rockies have become the Charlotte Bobcats of Major League Baseball. YES I said it!

I wish Tracy the best of luck in his future as we now get to sit back and see how much more of a train wreck this team can become in the offseason.


Rockies open 2013 at Brewers…


The tentative Major League Baseball schedule has been released and has the Rockies opening the 2013 season on the road in Milwaukee with a 3 game series against the Brewers beginning April 1st. The Rockies home opener falls on April 5th against the Padres. Schedule highlights at Coors Field will be the Rockies hosting both the Yankees(May 7-9) and Red Sox(Sept 24-25). Rockies schedule here.


O’Dowd still in charge…


The Rockies announced earlier today that general manager Dan O’Dowd will be shifting some if his duties to his asst general manager Bill Geivett. Geivett will be handling the day to day operations of the Rockies and O’Dowd will focus on the minor league side and player development. And since the announcement social media has been on fire about the Rockies ownership, the Monforts and management and their lack of ability to do anything right, even firing O’Dowd.

How does a general manager let alone any employee with a work record that O’Dowd has, still manage to keep his job? The Rockies are a bunch of idiots to think the fans cant see the blind loyalty the Monforts, O’Dowd, Apodaca and Tracy have for one another. I’ve said all along that the Monforts and O’Dowd are each sleeping in the same bed with one another and as long as it remains that way, nothing will ever change for this organization and the team is concerned and they will continue to laugh all the way to the bank.

They’re all businessmen and right now business is good despite the second worst record in baseball this season. They’re averaging anywhere from 32-35 thousand fans (though most of them delusional and arent really baseball fans) every night. For example, the Rockies during the most recent series with the Reds averaged 36824 over the 3 game series, with Saturday night having an attendance figure of 42826.

All and all what this “shifting of responsibilities” is a smokescreen and basically means nothing. O’Dowd is still in charge as Geivett still will have to answer to his boss(O’Dowd) and despite Dan “focusing” on the minors and player development(which he is terrible at), he is still in charge of player acquisitions, etc. So spin it how you want Rockies ownership, this fan and a few others that I know and have spoken to arent buying it.

The Monforts arent selling the team and O’Dowd and company dont have the balls to look themselves in the mirror resign their positions. Why should they? Where else can you make money and not have to do anything, but pretend you’re building a ballclub for a fanbase that is made up of many who only attend games for the social aspect anyway and dont care about the club and dont even know what the score is at any point during a game. The hardcore baseball fans at 20th & Blake deserve better. Hell even the players deserve better!

Until that day comes, expect nothing more than the same old tired story year after year at Coors Field.

Oh and while we’re at it, can we get rid of ROOT Sports broadcast team with the exception of Marc Stout and Joel Klatt? The rest are tired and a joke to the broadcasting industry. The fans deserve better here as well.


Rockies crushed by Cards, stay put at trade deadline…


The Rockies days over these last 2 months of the season are barely seen as being on life support. The Rockies were crushed by the Cards 11-6, in an awful start to the game by Jeff Francis, Francis gave up 5 runs in 4 innings of work, 4 of them coming in the first inning alone. Ottavino fared much worse in relief giving up 4 runs in 2.2 innings.

The Rockies offense despite 12 hits, managed only 6 runs, going 3 for 17 with runners in scoring position, as the Cards opened up the game in the later innings, scoring 6 runs between the 6th and 8th innings.

The Rockies fall to 37-64 on the season and as many of you know are headed to 100 loss season. My personal prediction for the season is a record of 55-107.

EXTRA BASES

Surprising the Rockies remained inactive in any trades at the trading deadline yesterday. The rumors of Betancourt and one or two other players possibly being moved turned out to be just that in the end, rumors. Probably the best non-move of the season so far by the Rockies front office.


Poll Question of the Week 6/18…



Rockies unable to tame Tigers…


For the second game in a row the Rockies not only were unable to win, but were also unable to score any runs. After a 12-4 win in game one of the series against the Tigers on Friday, the Rockies were outscored 9-1 over the next two games.

The lineup manager Jim Tracy put on the field was different with Carlos Gonzalez being a late scratch. Eric Young Jr in left field instead of Gonzalez had to have Tigers hitter salivating. I would’ve like to have seen Tyler Colvin in left and Helton playing first instead of having his usual Sunday off.

If there is one thing that bothers me about Jim Tracy it’s his inconsistent lineups. We went through this with Clint Hurdle alot of the time. Stop tinkering with the lineup like it’s a Double A minor league team. The Rockies have proven themselves to be a major league team in name only, with a minor league mentality from the front office, to the manager and coaching staff, to at times the play on the field.

The Rockies have the day off tomorrow as they head to Philly for a 3 game series before returning to interleague play against the Rangers at the end of the week.

Tuesdays probables ROCKIES – Josh Outman(0-2, 8.44) PHILLIES – Cole Hamels(9-3, 3.34)


Rockies explode in the 10th, crush Tigers 12-4…


Eight is enough, eight losses that is. It looks like the Rockies packed their offense on this first game of the 9 game roadtrip. An 8 run 10th inning gave the Rockies their first interleague win of the season and ended an 8 game losing streak. The Rockies got homeruns from Chris Nelson(3), Carlos Gonzalez(17) and Michael Cuddyer(10), accounting for 6 of the Rockies 12 runs. Rockies pitching overall did a decent job allowing the Tigers to score just 4 runs, all credited to Francis who went 5.1 innings. Matt Belisle got the win, his 3rd on the season. With the win the Rockies “improve” to 25-38. Game two of the 3 game series is at 2:05pm at Comerica Park.


Rockies take series against Dodgers, get rare Sunday home win…


The Rockies win streak ended Saturday at 5 games and if you have been following the Rockies for any recent amount of time then you know the Rockies and Sunday victories at Coors Field come very few and too far in between. The Rockies last win at home was September 11, 2011, a 4-1 win against the Reds. The last Sunday home win against an NL West opponent prior to today was against the Dodgers back on August 21st of the same season.

Today’s 2-1 win over the division leading Dodgers showed us a couple of things today. Alex White’s best start of the season, with a 6.2 outing, allowing just 2 hits and 2 runs. The Rockies were able to hold on and win a close game with a superb showing by the bullpen(Brothers, Belisle, Betancourt), allowing only 1 hit over the final 2.1 innings. Betancourt recording his 10th save on the season.

The Rockies head to Phoenix for a short 3 game roadtrip against the D’backs looking to make improve their awful 8-15 road record. Monday’s probables are Christian Friedrich(3-1, 5.59) for the Rox and Joe Saunders(3-3, 3.61) for the D’backs.


Rockies pummel Dodgers, extend streak to 5…


The Rockies win streak has now reached 5 games after last night’s 13-3 pounding of the Dodgers. Fowler,, Scutaro, Gonzalez, Cuddyer and Helton each had multiple hits on the night, going a combined 11 for 20 and 5 RBIs. Rockies catcher Wilin Rosario led the team in RBIs with 3, including a 2 run shot in the 6th off Dodgers starter Chris Capuano. The Dodgers didnt help matters any defensively committing 4 errors on the evening.

Dexter Fowler continues swinging a hot bat, going 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs. In the first five games of the current homestand Fowler is 13 for 22(.590) and 8 RBIs, scoring 11 runs. Fowler is now 3rd on the team with 28 RBIs following Gonazlez(45) and Cuddyer(36), second in batting average(.294) and second in homeruns(8) tied with Rosario and Tulowitzki.

The Rockies at 22-29 are a half game behind the D’backs for 3rd place, who lost 7-1 to the Padres last night. Saturday’s probables are Juan Nicasio(2-2, 5.11) for the Rockies against Aaron Harang(3-3, 4.14)


Rockies extend win streak to 4, Tulo gets 15…


Who knew the Rox had it in them? Completing a sweep of the hapless, soon to be American League Astros, a team which committed 7 errors during the 4 game series with the Rockies, when their overall poor play throughout the series made those 7 errors seem like an understatement in reality.

So with no Tulowitzki in the lineup the Rockies were able to continue their hot hitting. The Rockies placed the shortstop on the 15 day DL after he was initially listed as day to day earlier on Thursday. The Rockies cranked out 11 runs on 15 hits on their way to their longest win streak of the season currently at 4. Carlos Gonzalez again led the way with a 3 run shot in the first inning, his 4th consecutive homerun in as many at-bats. The Rockies 5 run first inning and 4 run second inning knocked out Astros then 5-1 starter Bud Norris from the game after 1.2 innings. The Rockies 2-4 hitters, Scutaro, Gonzalez and Cuddyer went 8 for 13, accounting for 7 runs. Third baseman Jordan Pacheco who has been impressive so far this season went 3 for 5 with 2 RBIs from the 7th spot in the lineup. Pacheco is currently batting .304 through 27 games.

The Rockies continue the homestand with a 3 game series against the suddenly again Kemp-less Dodgers who looks to be out at least a month. The Dodgers were 9-5 during the time Kemp was just on the DL previously, so they know how to win. I just dont believe they will be able to maintain that level of productivity over the next month or so.

The Rockies are 2-1 against the Dodgers at Coors Field and 2-4 overall for the season. Probables for tonight’s game – Josh Outman(0-1, 9.64) for the Rockies versus Chris Capuano(7-1, 2.14)


Rockies look to sweep Astros, Tulo on DL?..


I know I shouldnt even begin to say it, because just when you think the Rockies have a chance of sweeping most teams, they end up doing the opposite, especially after putting up 13 runs last night. More times than not after nights of explosive offense they seem to find a way of looking like they’ve never seen a baseball the following game. We’ll see if that’s the case tonight as they look to sweep the Astros and extend their current winning streak to 4 games.

Carlos Gonzalez was everything for the Rockies last night with 3 homeruns, going 4 for 5 with 4 RBIs. Michael Cuddyer lead the offensive charge with a grand slam in the first inning, finishing the night going 1 for 3. Dexter Fowler who continues his hot hitting streak went 2 for 5 on the night with the 3 run homerun in the 6th inning. Fowler is 9 for 14(.643) with 6 RBIs and 7 runs scored in the series so far.

Troy Tulowitzki left the game after an at bat in the 6th inning where he came up limp running to first base. According to mlb.com Tulo is listed as day to day (aren’t we all?) with a left groin strain.

Tonight’s probables

Jeremy Guthrie (2-3, 5.31) vs Bud Norris(5-1, 3.34)


Memorable Memorial Day for Fowler and the Rockies…


The Rockies played some of their best baseball offensively of the season yesterday sweeping a Memorial Day doubleheader against the Astros. I mean it’s only the Astros, but coming into this series they have a better record (3 games below .500) than the Rockies(12 games below .500). But as with any other sport, good teams beat the teams they’re supposed to beat. Fowler of course had a monstrous day going 7 for 9 in both games with 3 RBIs and the game winning hit in the second game. Pacheco, Tulowitzki, Gonzalez, Fowler and Rosario carried the team in the first game going 12 for 23 with 7 RBIs.

If the Rockies have any hope of making any type of run this season it’s obvious that the offense will have to carry load for this team like they did in the first game yesterday. It can’t just be one or two players to do it night in and night out. Starting pitching is and will continue to be suspect this season and for seasons to come until Alex White, Christian Friedrich and others mature and make progress.

Currently 13 games out in the NL West the Rockies should concentrate on what they are most able to control and that’s playing good baseball as they’ve shown over the last 5 games and keep pace with the D’backs who are only 2.5 games ahead of the Rockies in 3rd then worry about catching the second place Giants.

The Rockies have a well deserved day off today and will continue their series with the Astros on Wednesday with Christian Friedrich(2-1, 5.09) taking the mound against Lucas Harrell(4-3, 3.72) for the Astros.


Rockies report card, so far…


27 games into the 2012 season and the Rockies are exactly what you see on paper, an underachieving, below average team with no direction, passion, not to mention pitching. They’re sloppy defensively, inconsistent offensively, there’s little if any leadership anywhere on this team. And leading by example is a crock of you know what, so dont give me that! Mr Everything, Troy Tulowitzki has been Mr Anything But.

Dont get me started on the general manager! But this report card is about what happens on the field more than what happens off of it, so I will spare Mr O’Dowd, this time.

The stats are prior to Monday night’s game at San Diego.

PITCHING (C-) – We knew the pitching was going to be bad long before spring training, but did we know it was going to be this bad? The Rockies are 28th in the league with a 5.13 ERA. First in hits allowed with 285, 4th in homeruns allowed with 35, 25th in strikeouts with 191.

The bright spots if there are any would be Jamie Moyer not just being a feel good story, but leading the starting rotation with a 4.01 ERA, despite a 1-2 record with little run support or help in relief from the bullpen. Matt Reynolds leads the staff in wins with 3 and Nicasio and Guthrie lead the starters with 2 wins each. Betancourt has 6 saves in 7 opportunities. Still the pitching overall could be better.

FIELDING (C) – 27th in fielding percentage(.977), dead last in defensively efficiency rating(.647), 5th in errors committed with 24. Tulo leads the team with 7 errors already this season after he only had 6 errors all of last season.

HITTING (B) – 8th in batting average(.259), 11th in on base percentage(.329), 5th in slugging(.446), 5th in RBIs(142), and tied for 6th in homeruns(34) and 5th in runs scored(146). The bright spots would be Cargo leading the team in RBIs(26) and homeruns(7). Eight homeruns from the catcher’s position, 4 from Wilin Rosario and 4 from Ramon Hernandez and 22 RBIs between them. Fowler, and Colvin showing some power and run production with 6 homers and 23 RBIs between them. Both Fowler and Cuddyer need to cut down on the strikeouts with 25 apiece.

OVERALL GRADE – C


Colorado Rockies themed browser…


You’re not a true Rockies fan without a Colorado Rockies browser theme!

I received an email just last week from Brand Thunder executive Mark Subel informing myself of a new Colorado Rockies browser theme.

Brand Thunder (brandthunder.com) has worked with MLB.com to create an official Colorado Rockies theme browser for Firefox, Internet Explorer and Google Chrome browsers.

I have been familiar Brand Thunder themed browsers for a short time, as I use a Duke Blue Devil theme by Brand Thunder currently on my laptop at home and my desktop at the office.

With the Colorado Rockies browser theme, you can get news as it happens, and social connectivity via facebook and Twitter. The Colorado Rockies browser theme can be found on ColoradoRockies.com or you can click here.

Thank you Mark Subel of Brand Thunder for the heads up!


Jamie Moyer goes Westword…


If you live in the Denver metro area and you havent seen the latest Westword magazine, you should probably pick one up. Jamie Moyer is on the cover of this weeks issue. I scooped up a copy in hopes of having it autographed. Let’s hope that being on the cover doesnt carry with it any curses like it does being on the cover of Sports Illustrated. You gotta love the cover, with an old school baseball card look, which is fitting for Moyer, who at 49 is the oldest pitcher to win a major league game. How can you not like a story on the career and the triumphs of Jamie Moyer? For the entire article by Westword’s Caleb Hannan click here.


An interview with Eric Young Jr. by Haley Smilow…


I came across a bit of a request in my inbox this morning of a story, of a 10 year old, Haley Smilow who had caught the journalism bug while on a trip last summer touring numerous ballparks throughout the Midwest and having the chance to interview Curtis Granderson of the Yankees for Baseball Youth magazine.

Haley Smilow, future journalist

Haley’s dream is to become a journalist. This past offseason she had the opportunity to interview the Rockies speedy and versatile Eric Young Jr. Haley is well on her way to making her dream come true. Inside the Humidor wants to wish Haley nothing but the best while in pursuit of her dreams. Here is her interview with Eric Young Jr. below.

The introduction of the interview is by Robbie Clark of the Yankees fansite, Yanks Go Yard. Interview by Haley Smilow.

Eric Young Jr. Q & A

You might say Eric Young Jr. has baseball in his blood. Growing up he became acquainted with the game early by watching his father, Eric Young Sr., play for the Dodgers, Rockies, Blue Jays, and Cubs, among other teams. Eric Young Jr. (or EY2., as he is known) was a multi-sport athlete in high school, but ultimately decided to pursue baseball. He played one year of college ball at Chandler Gilbert Community College before following in his father’s footsteps and being drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 30th round of the 2003 draft. EY2 steadily worked his way through the minor leagues, posting solid batting averages at every level and catching the eyes of the Rockies’ front office, which resulted in his major league debut in 2009. In 158 career major league games EY2 has posted a line of .246/.324/.295 and spent time playing second base and patrolling the outfield. This year the 26-year old will again look to provide the Rockies with production off the bench.

Reporter Haley Smilow recently had a chance to chat with Eric Young Jr., and discovered his favorite foods, his go-to songs on his iPod, and what it means to him to share so many baseball memories with his father.

At what age did you start playing baseball? And did you eventually end up playing in a travel league? I started playing at age 7. I played travel league (summer) from ages 9-12

Who was your favorite team growing up? And other then your father, who where some of the players that you looked up to as a kid? Favorite team growing up was whichever team my dad was on. I was a big Ken Griffey Jr fan growing up.

When you are up to bat what is your theme song? I’m going with Drake “Headlines” this season, and maybe the Bernie. Still debating on that one.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in Colorado? And what is your favorite food? I love Tokyo Joe’s. I love teriyaki

Name 5 songs in your Ipod right now that you have on repeat? Drake-Headlines, Pitbull-International love, TPain-Turn all the lights on, Flo Rida-Good Feeling, Lloyd-Be the One

Do you have any rituals or superstitions before and during a game? Can you give me an example? I try to eat healthy before a game, usually oatmeal. Music headphones on a bunch.

What do you do during the off-season? Try to get enough rest before getting back to training, and visit my family members.

Refuse 2 Be Ignored is one of your slogans can explain what it means to you. It means embrace all/any of your talents. Refuse to ignore what your good at/makes you special to the world in your own right. I just love to encourage people to find what their gift is to the world.

You and your father hold a historical moment with the Rockies organization; can you tell us about it? We have a few. His opening homerun in Denver, my debut in ’09, our playing against each other in spring training. Its all been a blessing to our family.

At the 2012 Winter Meetings your name came up in several trade possibilities including the Mets, Tigers and Mariners, if you could play for any team who would it be? I just want to play and utilize my abilities to my max potential. It doesn’t matter where.

What trade or free agent player signing will have the biggest effect on their teams chances of making it to World Series? You never know before the season starts. You have to see how the teams gel together when they get new personalities to a team.

Four of the fastest men currently in MLB – EYjr, Brett Gardner, Michael Bourn and Carl Crawford who is the fastest? You always have to believe in yourself, so I’m saying me. All those names can fly though. I enjoy watching all those other names play the game of baseball.

If you were not playing baseball, what else could you see yourself doing? I can see myself as a barber.

Any reason for number 1? Number 1 was my original number when I was 7 years old.

Do you have any other nicknames then Base Burner or EY2? Lil EY

What was the difference playing winter ball in Hawaii and Venezuela? Hawaii is a state and Venezuela is another country. The difference in cultures is the biggest difference.

What advice would you give to the young readers? Find what you’re special at and embrace it. I love to play ball and cut hair…so I’m giving it all I have.


Moyer makes history as Rockies even series with Padres…


The Rockies senior statesman Jamie Moyer with each start this season continues to make history as the oldest major league pitcher to start a game. Last night after 3 starts he made even more history, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a game ever in major league history.

The difference between this start and his previous two were that Moyer had run support this time out. Dexter Fowler got the ball rolling with a 2 run homer in the 3rd. And after 4 innings of work, Moyer had what seemed to be a comfortable 3-0 lead. As we all know, playing in Coors Field a 3-0 lead can never really be seen as comfortable and especially not with how the Rockies have played this defensively this season. The Rockies are second in the majors having committed 15 errors, Troy Tulowitzki being responsible for 6 of those. Congratulations again to Jamie Moyer on his record!

The Rockies(5-6) look to take the series tonight against San Diego(3-9) with Juan Nicasio(0-0, 6.52) going against Clayton Richard(1-0, 2.77) for the Padres. Gametime 6:40pm.


Rockies vanity plates now a reality…


Despite the Rockies 7-0 shutout loss today in their home opener to Barry Zito and the Giants, their fans got a big win today thanks to Governor Hickenlooper. Hickenlooper this morning signed the bill making the Rockies vanity plates a reality, according to the Huffington Post. The plates wont come cheap at first.  A $50 one time fee, plus a $52.80 donation annually. Plates wont be available until January 1st 2013. Complete story from the Huffington Post here.


2012 season opener Rockies @ Astros preview…


With some certainty Astros fans have little to look forward to this season, except the end of the season. 2013 the Astros move to the American League which gives them a new, fresher start, if you will. There’s little talent on the Astros roster, so Astros fans shouldnt expect them to surprise anyone in the division, let alone the National League. This years Astros are not last seasons D’backs, and if you followed this blog for any length of time you know I despise the D’backs(as well as almost everything Arizona), so for me to get them the slightest bit of credit, means I must not be feeling well.

With the same amount if not greater certainty Rockies fans arent sure what to expect from this team for the 2012 season. Part of that is that the NL West is still anybody’s game, despite the Giants and D’backs seemingly to be the favorites by the media. Sure, there were moves were made this offseason. Gone are Iannetta(thank God!), Cook, Street, Smith, Stewart, Hammel, Spilborghs and others. In are Cuddyer, Scutaro, Hernandez, Moyer, Guthrie, etc. Is this team on paper better than last season’s team? I believe they are, but not that much better to win the NL West. Pitching of course being the unknown factor.

The Rockies should take 2 out of 3 in the series as I’m giving the Astros game 1 since it is their home opener. God I hope I’m wrong and the Rox sweep! It would be a great way to come into the home opener at Coors Field on April 9th.


Rockies extend Tracy(sort of)…


AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari

AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari

The Rockies have had a way of sometimes doing things before the start of most every season that makes you scratch your head and wonder, “Who makes these decisions and why?”. Well we know most of these decisions come from Dan O’Dowd and/or the Monforts. What I am talking about here is of course the “extension” the Rockies brass have given Jim Tracy as manager of the Colorado Rockies.

It was reported late yesterday that the Rockies have offered Jim Tracy an indefinite extension. What the hell does that mean?! I mean I know what it means, but where else in the sports world has anyone ever heard of such a thing? This handshake agreement as it’s being called looks and sounds ridiculous. If I were Tracy I would get this “handshake agreement” in writing. (Cover your ass Jim!)

I understand what “O’Dowd and Co.” are wanting to do here. Their aim is to rid the team and the organization of all questions about Tracy’s status in this upcoming year of what was to be the final year of his contract should the team at some point falter and be in the midst of some sort of losing streak. For that I applaud them for wanting to remove that distraction from the players, coaching staff, and team management themselves. And also to provide stability going into spring training and the season. I just have to still wonder why not just give him a normal extension,  like say a 2 year deal to the 2014 season. To me this is like walking around town telling everyone(friends and family) that you’re engaged to your significant other and not having a ring to show as some sort of proof. You get where I’m going with this I’m sure.

It’s nothing against Jim Tracy. I happen to like him as manager of this team, more times than not. Is he the man to lead this team to the playoffs and possibly a World Series? I would say to that, yes. But at the same time  I would like to believe that there are others who might be a better fit. Dont ask me who right now, I’ll save that for another post in the future. I just think that at night sometimes when O’Dowd goes to sleep he has these weird, crazy, and probably disturbing dreams(or ideas), that he comes into the office the next day and he cant help himself but to go through with them!

Anyway enough on this and congratulations to Jim Tracy on his “extension”.


Inside the Humidor celebrates Black History Month…


First installment of a long overdue series, Inside the Humidor will take a look at past Colorado Rockies players that made an impact on the team, organization as well as the community. The obvious choice to start this off would of course be Don Baylor, but the Rockies website did an excellent piece on Baylor a few days ago, so I have decided to go elsewhere. So not only are we celebrating Black History Month by profiling some of the Rockies great African American players, we are also celebrating Rockies history and Colorado history at the same time. So join me in remembering some great players in Colorado Rockies history. To kick off this first installment I chose Eric Young Sr.

Eric Young affectionately known by the fans and media as E.Y., enjoyed a 15 year career in the majors. He spent 5 of those seasons with the Colorado Rockies(1993-1997). E.Y. was selected by the Rockies in the expansion draft of 1992 (11th pick) from the Los Angeles Dodgers.

E.Y. batted .295, 30, 227 in his five seasons with the Rockies, while drawing 254 walks and stealing 180 bases. 1996 saw Young having his best season not just as a Rockie, but of his career, stealing 53 bases and batting .324 with 74 RBIs and winning a Silver Slugger award and making the all-star team.

Eric Young will forever be remembered by Rockies fans as hitting the first ever homerun at then Mile High Stadium(1993) leading off the bottom of the first inning, in the teams first Major League home opener.

E.Y. retired in 2006 as a Colorado Rockie and is currently on the coaching staff of the Arizona Diamondbacks, for which we will forgive him.

Second part of the series will be up within a few days. Suggestions on who you would like to see?


Rockies, Orioles swap bad pitching…


The Denver Post and the Baltimore Sun this morning are reporting a trade between the Rockies and the Orioles. The Rockies will acquire Jeremy Guthrie(47-65, 4.19) for Jason Hammel(34-45, 4.99) and Matt Lindstrom(12-15, 3.81).

Jason Hammel has had 2 winning seasons during his 6 year career, 2009 (10-8) and 2010 (10-9). Jeremy Guthrie’s only winning season came in 2007 when he went 7-5 with a 3.70 ERA through 8 seasons.

There’s hardly any love of this trade over on the Baltimore Sun website (here) from an Orioles fans perspective. As a Rockies fan and blogger I can say that I don’t feel much about this trade. Maybe the move to the National League will be good for Guthrie. Hammel returns to the American League, where he began his career with the then Tampa Bay Devil Rays.


Scutaro becomes a Rockie…


Photo by Getty Images

Well the Rockies get Marco Scutaro from the Red Sox, trading away Clayton Mortensen. Honestly I dont see much difference here between if the Rockies had kept Mark Ellis on the team than now adding Scutaro. Some Rockies fans on Rockies facebook page seem to be happy to have a “name” on this team. Other fans recognize the fact that this team still needs proven veteran pitching going into this season, like I do.

Scutaro is a lifetime .270 hitter over his 10 year career, with the last two seasons spent in Boston where he batted .282 in 2010 in 150 games and .299 in 2011 in 113 games.

Fans over at Extra Bases on boston.com feel about half and half on the trade. Saving $6 million off the Red Sox payroll is huge. I dont get the mindset of Dan O’Dowd. Is he making moves for the sake of making moves or is he honestly trying to improve this team? I would say that it is certainly not the latter.

Within the next week or so I hope to take a look back at the transactions the Rockies have been a part of this offseason and give a grade on each as we head into spring training.


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