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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.

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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, 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…


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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.


Wigginton trade makes little sense…


Since July 30th of the 2011 season(Ubaldo trade) most every move Rockies GM Dan O’Dowd has made thus far continues to set this team backwards for the upcoming 2012 season. The trade of Ty Wiggington yesterday to the Phillies makes very little sense, if any at all, as the hole at third base just got bigger. Say what you want about Wiggy’s stats last season (.242, 15, 47), but with Wiggy on the roster there is at least some Major League experience at the position(and at the plate), alot more than Ian Stewart and Jordan Pacheco have brought to the hot corner. If nothing else you keep Wigginton on the roster and let he and Stewart and possibly Pacheco battle it out in spring training for the starting job. Pacheco isn’t ready to start the 2012 season on the Rockies roster and Stewart, who knows? He’s got alot of work to do if he is going to remain with this team.

“We are trying to reshape our club and this made sense,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. – Denver Post

What sense does this make Dan? Please tell me. From a monetary standpoint, yes it does makes sense, you saved the club a couple of mil. Wiggy’s $4 million doesnt break the bank, but the return on the trade of $100K or a player to be named later does no good to the Rockies who need to win NOW. O’Dowd again goes for trading certainty for uncertainty and that uncertainty is a “player to be named later”. Not only that, the uncertainty is that Stewart or Pacheco can be the definitive answer for the Rockies at third base. Just like O’Dowd is hoping that Alex White and Drew Pomeranz can do the same in the pitching rotation. All the while he is hoping, the fans have to settle for what is going to be another mediocre (if not less than) season for the Rockies in 2012. I will say it now, the Rockies will NOT win the NL West next season(DUH!) and will do good to finish 4th within the division. Is it too early to ask when the 2012 NFL season starts?


Salt River Rafters win AFL Championship…


The Salt River Rafters lead by Sky Sox manager Stu Cole, win the Arizona Fall League Championship game 9-3 with the help of Rockies prospect,  Nolan Arenado(3B). Arenado who was named AFL MVP earlier today homered in the 3rd inning to give the Rafters a 3-0 lead. Rockies prospects Nolan Arenado, Tim Wheeler and Ben Paulsen scored for 5 of the Rafters 9 runs and went 3 for 11 at the plate. (Box Score)

WINTER BALL UPDATES

DOMINICAN LEAGUE

Tigres del Licey – Esmil Rogers (P) – no stats

Aguilas Cibaenas – Wilin Rosario (C) – .233, 6 homeruns, 26 RBIs in 24 games.

Toros del Este – Hector Gomez (SS) – .263, 5 hits, 3 runs scored in 7 games.

MEXICAN PACIFIC LEAGUE

Caneros de los Mochis – Alejandro Barraza (P) – 2-1, 4.50 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 6 starts. Barraza played at Casper last season.

PUERTO RICAN LEAGUE

Criollos de Caguas – Joe Torres (P) – no stats.

Gigantes de Carolina – Juan Perez (P) – 1 inning pitched, allowing 2 hits in 2 appearances. Perez played at Asheville last season.

Gigantes de Carolina – Radames Nazario (2B) – .400, 4 hits, 1 run scored in 5 games.

VENEZUELAN WINTER LEAGUE

Navegantes del Magallanes – Jesus Merchan (SS) – .200, 3 hits, 1 run scored, 4 total bases in 4 games.

Caribes de Anzoategui – Eliezer Alfonzo (C) – .155, 9 hits, 3 homeruns and 7 RBIs in 17 games.

Caribes de Anzoategui – Jonathan Herrera (2B) – no stats.

Tiburones de La Guaira – Rafael Ortega (CF) – no stats.

Tiburones de La Guaira – Rafael Suarez (P) – 1-1, 3.60 ERA in 10 innings and 8 appearances. Suarez played at Asheville and Tri City last season.

Tiburones de La Guaira – Vianney Mayo (P) – 0-0, 20.25 ERA in 1 start through 1.1 innings. Vanney played at Tri City last season.

Aguilas de Zulia – Carlos Gonzalez (OF) – no stats.

Leones del Caracas – Jhoulys Chacin (P) – no stats.

Leones del Caracas – Edgmer Escalona (P) – 1-2, 12.00 in 3 appearances and 3 innings.

Bravos de Margarita – Eric Young Jr (2B) – .209, 9 hits, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBIs in 11 games.


Rockies….Big ticket deal? Give me a break…


Jim Armstrong has an article in today’s Denver Post on the Rockies and the idea of landing a “big ticket” player in the offseason. To that, I and numerous Rockies fans say, “We’ll believe it when we see it.”

We hear this every off season in some way shape or form. Take for instance the quote from Dick Monfort.

“We have to be open minded,” Monfort said, “but you’re not going to go out and sign (Jose) Reyes.”

Being open minded means that they will sit back and see what player fits their tight (by that I mean cheap) wallets and fans wont see any significant move made especially to the pitching staff. Where it seems every offseason they find one or two pitchers with a below average record and talent, sign him in hopes of rehabilitating a career, if only for the current season while the younger guys develop in the minors. Sounds cheap if you ask me. I like O’Dowd’s quote on winning the division.

“In this division, you win or lose with starting pitching.”

Well please Mr. O’Dowd tell us how long it took you to figure that one out? But yet you placed a somewhat inexperienced starting rotation on the field last season, hoping to strike lightning and in return you got nothing and the fans got nothing. And in the meantime trading your ace Ubaldo Jimenez for prospects and setting the organization back 2-3 seasons while we wait to see what sort of prize(s) we are hopeful to get inside a stale box of Cracker Jack.

Again please prove the fans wrong and make some significant moves this offseason that will make this team better and not to mention a contender. We’re four seasons removed from a World Series appearance and the window is closing fast with a few of the players on this team.