Colorado Rockies

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  • @Rockies • 17m

    Fansided: Colorado Rockies: Who are you rooting for in the World Series?

    Obviously, the Colorado Rockies and their fans were hoping that they, themselves, would be in the 2019 Fall Classic, along with 27 other teams and their fanbases but only two teams can make it.

    Last night, on Twitter, before the start of Game 6 of the ALCS, we asked you on Twitter whether or not you would root for the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals in the World Series, if it were to come to that.

    Since the Astros won, it will be a Astros/Nationals World Series starting on Tuesday night. In our poll, it was obvious who Rockies fans will be rooting for in the World Series as 63 percent of you said that you'd be rooting for the Washington Nationals, 21 percent saying that they didn't care who would be winning either way, and only 16 percent saying that they were rooting for the Houston Astros.

    Obviously, the Colorado Rockies and their fans were hoping that they, themselves, would be in the 2019 Fall Classic, along with 27 other teams and their fanbases but only two teams can make it.

    Last night, on Twitter, before the start of Game 6 of the ALCS, we asked you on Twitter whether or not you would root for the Houston Astros or the Washington Nationals in the World Series, if it were to come to that.

    Since the Astros won, it will be a Astros/Nationals World Series starting on Tuesday night. In our poll, it was obvious who Rockies fans will be rooting for in the World Series as 63 percent of you said that you'd be rooting for the Washington Nationals, 21 percent saying that they didn't care who would be winning either way, and only 16 percent saying that they were rooting for the Houston Astros.

  • @Rockies • 2h

    Denver Post: Jose Altuve and the Astros show why they could be a nightmare in the World Series

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    HOUSTON -- With 50 players across two rosters, 18 pressure-packed half-innings and 324 pitches thrown by a total of 14 different pitchers over four-plus hours of high-intensity baseball, Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees on Saturday night had untold millions of possible permutations for selecting the player, the pitch and the moment that would bring the entire endeavor to a dramatic and satisfying end.

    But the ending that ultimately came to pass -- Jose Altuve's two-out, two-run, ninth-inning, walk-off home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, which gave the Astros the pennant and sent them into a World Series matchup with the Washington Nationals -- was more than merely dramatic and satisfying.

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    HOUSTON -- With 50 players across two rosters, 18 pressure-packed half-innings and 324 pitches thrown by a total of 14 different pitchers over four-plus hours of high-intensity baseball, Game 6 of the American League Championship Series between the Houston Astros and New York Yankees on Saturday night had untold millions of possible permutations for selecting the player, the pitch and the moment that would bring the entire endeavor to a dramatic and satisfying end.

    But the ending that ultimately came to pass -- Jose Altuve's two-out, two-run, ninth-inning, walk-off home run against Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman, which gave the Astros the pennant and sent them into a World Series matchup with the Washington Nationals -- was more than merely dramatic and satisfying.

  • @Rockies • 4h

    Fansided: Colorado Rockies podcast: DJ LeMahieu views and the 2020 season

    It wasn't just about DJ LeMahieu and how he destroyed the myth that we was only a good hitter because of altitude and Coors Field. It was about why the Colorado Rockies didn't bring LeMahieu back for this season and why Daniel Murphy was signed to take his place.

    Of course, any plans for Murphy to take over for LeMahieu in the lineup (in addition to taking over his old number) were quickly dashed when Murphy suffered a fractured finger in Colorado's second game of the season.

    LeMahieu became more and more of a media darling playing in the Big Apple while Rockies fans wondered what would have happened if Colorado had re-signed him and moved Ryan McMahon to first.

    It wasn't just about DJ LeMahieu and how he destroyed the myth that we was only a good hitter because of altitude and Coors Field. It was about why the Colorado Rockies didn't bring LeMahieu back for this season and why Daniel Murphy was signed to take his place.

    Of course, any plans for Murphy to take over for LeMahieu in the lineup (in addition to taking over his old number) were quickly dashed when Murphy suffered a fractured finger in Colorado's second game of the season.

    LeMahieu became more and more of a media darling playing in the Big Apple while Rockies fans wondered what would have happened if Colorado had re-signed him and moved Ryan McMahon to first.

  • @Rockies • 10h

    Purple Row: Joe Harvey was a Colorado Rockie in 2019

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 29, Joe Harvey (0.0 rWAR)

    It was Wednesday, September 18th.

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 29, Joe Harvey (0.0 rWAR)

    It was Wednesday, September 18th.

  • @Rockies • 20h

    Denver Post: Jose Altuve's walk-off homer sends Astros past Yankees into World Series

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    HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve hit a game-ending homer off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.

    In a bullpen game with a back-and-forth finish, DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, two-run shot off Astros closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth. Altuve answered with a two-run drive to left-center, setting off a wild celebration at Minute Maid Park.

    Astros ace Gerrit Cole was waiting to pitch a potential Game 7 in this AL Championship Series on Sunday.

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    HOUSTON -- Jose Altuve hit a game-ending homer off Aroldis Chapman with two outs in the ninth inning and the Houston Astros outlasted the New York Yankees 6-4 Saturday night to advance to the World Series for the second time in three years.

    In a bullpen game with a back-and-forth finish, DJ LeMahieu hit a tying, two-run shot off Astros closer Roberto Osuna in the top of the ninth. Altuve answered with a two-run drive to left-center, setting off a wild celebration at Minute Maid Park.

    Astros ace Gerrit Cole was waiting to pitch a potential Game 7 in this AL Championship Series on Sunday.

  • @Rockies • 22h

    Denver Post: MiLB owners balk at MLB's request for improved facilities at the lower levels

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    A proposal from Major League Baseball could result in 40 teams either losing their official minor league designation or folding altogether, according to a letter sent to MLB by Minor League Baseball president and chief executive officer Pat O'Conner.

    With the current Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between MLB and MiLB set to expire on Sept. 15, 2020, MLB is pushing for lower-level minor league teams to improve their facilities to meet major league standards.

    "Clubs want their players to play in stadiums with medical facilities, training facilities, locker rooms and playing fields suitable for elite professional baseball players," Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem said in a statement to The Washington Post.

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    A proposal from Major League Baseball could result in 40 teams either losing their official minor league designation or folding altogether, according to a letter sent to MLB by Minor League Baseball president and chief executive officer Pat O'Conner.

    With the current Professional Baseball Agreement (PBA) between MLB and MiLB set to expire on Sept. 15, 2020, MLB is pushing for lower-level minor league teams to improve their facilities to meet major league standards.

    "Clubs want their players to play in stadiums with medical facilities, training facilities, locker rooms and playing fields suitable for elite professional baseball players," Major League Baseball deputy commissioner Dan Halem said in a statement to The Washington Post.

  • @Rockies • 1d

    Fansided: Colorado Rockies, this is the season to retire Larry Walker's number

    As Larry Walker enters into his 10th and final season of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame from the BBWAA (and why has it taken this long for Walker to enter into Cooperstown other than "Coors?" and some injuries during his career), the Colorado Rockies could certainly extend a well-deserved honor to him by retiring #33.

    Only one Rockies player has ever had his jersey retired: Todd Helton. While Helton spent his entire career in a Colorado uniform, Walker did not have that luxury, spending 10 of his 17 seasons in the Mountain time zone.

    As Larry Walker enters into his 10th and final season of eligibility for the Baseball Hall of Fame from the BBWAA (and why has it taken this long for Walker to enter into Cooperstown other than "Coors?" and some injuries during his career), the Colorado Rockies could certainly extend a well-deserved honor to him by retiring #33.

    Only one Rockies player has ever had his jersey retired: Todd Helton. While Helton spent his entire career in a Colorado uniform, Walker did not have that luxury, spending 10 of his 17 seasons in the Mountain time zone.

  • @Rockies • 1d

    Purple Row: Noel Cuevas was injured two plate appearances back in the majors

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 29, Noel Cuevas (0.

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 29, Noel Cuevas (0.

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Purple Row: MLB's proposed restructuring of minors would eliminate 42 teams

    There's quite a lot going on in this article about the most recent negotiations between Major League Baseball and minor league affiliates. Here are the big takeaways:

    Under this proposal 42 teams, or about 25% of minor league teams, would be eliminated from affiliated baseball.
    There would be league consolidation and contraction based on geography.
    Some Triple-A teams would become Class A teams; some Class A teams would become Triple-A teams.
    The Northwest League would become full-season.
    Rounds would be eliminated from the amateur draft.
    The "eliminated" teams might become part of a new "Dream League," with teams not affiliated with any major league team but associated with MLB-MiLB and rostering undrafted players who previously would have been drafted in late rounds.

    There's quite a lot going on in this article about the most recent negotiations between Major League Baseball and minor league affiliates. Here are the big takeaways:

    Under this proposal 42 teams, or about 25% of minor league teams, would be eliminated from affiliated baseball.
    There would be league consolidation and contraction based on geography.
    Some Triple-A teams would become Class A teams; some Class A teams would become Triple-A teams.
    The Northwest League would become full-season.
    Rounds would be eliminated from the amateur draft.
    The "eliminated" teams might become part of a new "Dream League," with teams not affiliated with any major league team but associated with MLB-MiLB and rostering undrafted players who previously would have been drafted in late rounds.

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Denver Post: DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Hicks lift Yanks over Astros, close to 3-2 in ALCS

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    NEW YORK -- James Paxton was filled with nerves, and so were New York Yankees fans, worried the season was slipping away.

    Tension only surged when the top of the first featured a little grounder that got away, a passed ball and a run-scoring wild pitch.

    No worries.

    Boom! DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander's second pitch over the wall to tie the score.

    Clang! Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the inning.

    Just like that, the Bronx Bombers were back -- in the game, and in this matchup of powerhouses.

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    NEW YORK -- James Paxton was filled with nerves, and so were New York Yankees fans, worried the season was slipping away.

    Tension only surged when the top of the first featured a little grounder that got away, a passed ball and a run-scoring wild pitch.

    No worries.

    Boom! DJ LeMahieu drove Justin Verlander's second pitch over the wall to tie the score.

    Clang! Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer off the foul pole later in the inning.

    Just like that, the Bronx Bombers were back -- in the game, and in this matchup of powerhouses.

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Fansided: Colorado Rockies: Will Sam Hilliard be a regular in 2020?

    A handful of these young Colorado Rockies took advantage of this opportunity and played very well in the final month of the season. But perhaps the most impressive of them all was outfielder Sam Hilliard.

    After a breakout campaign with Triple-A Albuquerque in which he hit 35 home runs and drove in 101 RBI in just 126 games, Hilliard got the call and made his MLB debut on August 27. Some players take a while to adjust but Hilliard showed he was ready, crushing seven home runs and driving in 13 while hitting .

    A handful of these young Colorado Rockies took advantage of this opportunity and played very well in the final month of the season. But perhaps the most impressive of them all was outfielder Sam Hilliard.

    After a breakout campaign with Triple-A Albuquerque in which he hit 35 home runs and drove in 101 RBI in just 126 games, Hilliard got the call and made his MLB debut on August 27. Some players take a while to adjust but Hilliard showed he was ready, crushing seven home runs and driving in 13 while hitting .

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Fansided: Colorado Rockies podcast: The similarities between the 2019 Nationals and 2007 Rockies

    In what would have been a huge surprise in May 2019, the 2019 Washington Nationals will be representing the National League in the 2019 World Series next week.

    After a terrible 19-31 start to the season, the Nationals were able to sneak into the 1st NL Wild Card spot and continue winning all the way to the World Series as in the last three weeks, the Nationals have eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals from advancing into the playoffs or further into the playoffs.

    After seeing some people compare the 2019 Nationals to the 2007 Colorado Rockies, including Rockies broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs on Twitter, who was on the 2007 Rockies, we decided to take a further look into the two teams.

    In what would have been a huge surprise in May 2019, the 2019 Washington Nationals will be representing the National League in the 2019 World Series next week.

    After a terrible 19-31 start to the season, the Nationals were able to sneak into the 1st NL Wild Card spot and continue winning all the way to the World Series as in the last three weeks, the Nationals have eliminated the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and St. Louis Cardinals from advancing into the playoffs or further into the playoffs.

    After seeing some people compare the 2019 Nationals to the 2007 Colorado Rockies, including Rockies broadcaster Ryan Spilborghs on Twitter, who was on the 2007 Rockies, we decided to take a further look into the two teams.

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Purple Row: 2019 might have been Chad Bettis's final act for the Colorado Rockies

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 31, Chad Bettis (-0.

    Welcome to the 2019 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back every player to log playing time for the Rockies in 2019. The purpose of this list is to provide a snapshot of the player in context. The "Ranking" is an organizing principle that's drawn from Baseball Reference's WAR (rWAR). It's not something the staff debated. We'll begin with the player with the lowest rWAR and end up with the player with the highest.

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    No. 31, Chad Bettis (-0.

  • @Rockies • 2d

    Purple Row: Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 5, the offense

    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 1
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 2
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 3
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 4

    Home runs and strikeouts

    Parts 3 and 4 of this series identified strategic changes to the Rockies' pitching philosophy that could benefit the team, and how those changes might apply to current members of the pitching staff. Now, it's time to take a look at the offense.

    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 1
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 2
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 3
    Fixing the Rockies, a data driven approach: Part 4

    Home runs and strikeouts

    Parts 3 and 4 of this series identified strategic changes to the Rockies' pitching philosophy that could benefit the team, and how those changes might apply to current members of the pitching staff. Now, it's time to take a look at the offense.

  • @Rockies • 3d

    Purple Row: Which adjusted stat is most fair to Rockies' hitters?

    Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus compares how three adjusted hitting metrics have valued the Rockies' offense in team history: wRC+, OPS+, and Baseball Prospectus's own DRC+. We've known the problems with wRC+ ever since Purple Row's Matt Gross asked if the numbers were lying (they almost certainly are). More pointedly, Mains wonders how in the world the Rockies have had a below average offense in every year of their existence, as wRC+ suggests. That, statistically, is not very likely.

    Both of the other metrics do a better job, and they at least acknowledge that the Rockies had above average offenses in their past.

    Rob Mains of Baseball Prospectus compares how three adjusted hitting metrics have valued the Rockies' offense in team history: wRC+, OPS+, and Baseball Prospectus's own DRC+. We've known the problems with wRC+ ever since Purple Row's Matt Gross asked if the numbers were lying (they almost certainly are). More pointedly, Mains wonders how in the world the Rockies have had a below average offense in every year of their existence, as wRC+ suggests. That, statistically, is not very likely.

    Both of the other metrics do a better job, and they at least acknowledge that the Rockies had above average offenses in their past.

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