Justin Upton Can Save the Rockies

I have written thousands of words on the fate of the Colorado Rockies in 2012.  Their fate is not good.

In the midst of writing another 2,000 word manifesto about the failure of the Rockies and the imminent demise of general manager Dan O’Dowd, I realized that topic is tired.  I have read dozens of columns with the same theme – burn down the house and start over with new management and (hopefully) players.

If the Rockies are truly concerned about becoming a sustainable model for consistent pennant contention, one trade prior to July 31st could solve their problems. [Read more…]

Enough Already – The Post-Mortem of Your 2012 Colorado Rockies

Seems like a lifetime ago.

ROOT Sports mercifully took a day off of broadcasting the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. It’s about time. The Rockies pitching staff took yet another day off, giving up eight runs (“only” six earned) against the hapless Oakland A’s offense. The defense did not help, tallying three errors in yet another indication of the mess that is the 2012 Colorado Rockies.

In the three-game homestand against the A’s (not exactly the ’27 Yankees, let alone the ’04 A’s), the Rockies have blown two early leads, have been simply blown out, and have given up no fewer than eight runs in a game. As of EOB on Thursday, and with exactly 100 games remaining in the Nightmare of 2012, the Rockies are 24 – 38, 15 – 21 at home, and 9 – 17 on the road.

Stick a fork in it. This season is over. [Read more…]

Farewell, Jamie Moyer

As recently as five weeks ago, Moyer was the most accomplished starter in the worst rotation in Major League Baseball.  On Friday, he was deemed an unnecessary burden for the worst rotation in Major League Baseball and was designated for assignment. On Sunday, the 49 year old left-hander was officially released.

When the Rockies signed Moyer to a free agent contract this past offseason, I was a strange combination mystified and excited.  I remembered Moyer as a piece of one of the worst trades in Cubs history (Rafael Palmeiro, Moyer, et al to the Texas Rangers for The Wild Thing prior to the 1989 season), and as one of the game’s best pitchers in his time with the Seattle Mariners.  The acquisition of Moyer seemed like a low-risk signing that could help the Rockies bridge the gap until their prospects were ready to assume the full burden of carrying the rotation.

The prospects are not ready, and Moyer is gone. [Read more…]

The Rockies Geriatric Baseball Revolution

Fun fact: Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer learned to pitch by throwing rocks at Redcoats in the early days of the American Revolution.

Real fact:  Rockies pitcher Jamie Moyer is OLD; old enough to become the first starting pitcher in baseball history to win a game at the age of 49; old enough to have been traded in a package by the Chicago Cubs in the acquisition of Mitch “Wild Thing” Williams; old enough to have reached his pitching prime in 1997, at age 34; and old enough to have earned his first 20-win season in 2001 at age 38.   

May the evidence show, Jamie Moyer is in fact old. [Read more…]

The Good, The Bad, and The Rockies

In the opening days of the 2012 base-ball season, this Rockies fan is hopeful that lessons have been learned, that this year’s team will be better, and that championship-level baseball will once again fill the Coors diamond. Since the trade of Ubaldo Jimenez to Cleveland in July 2011, Dealin’ Dan has been hard-at-work, ridding the team of perceived problems and acquiring assets in the effort to resuscitate this flailing franchise.

In addition to Mr. Jimenez, the faithfully departed from the 2011 team include: starting catcher Chris Ianetta, starting right fielder Seth Smith, utility outfield Ryan Spilborghs, closer Huston Street, starting third baseman Ian Stewart, and shockingly-effective pitcher Kevin Millwood. Out with the old, and in with a new old. The prominent additions to the 2012 team include aging catcher Ramon Hernandez, ageless wonder Jamie Moyer, 36-year old second baseman Marco Scutaro, approximately 8 ½ 5th starter candidates, Cubs cast-off Tyler Colvin, innings-eater (never a good sign as the defining trait of a new staff ace) Jeremy Guthrie, and sweet-swinging clubhouse presence Michael Cuddyer. At least this offseason has kept the transaction wire company. [Read more…]

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