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