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Nov 1, 2017
Mike Dunn’s first season with the Rockies was a roller coaster

Mike Dunn’s first season with the Rockies was a roller coaster

The Rockies 18th best player had his share of ups and downs in 2017 Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No 18, Mike Dunn (0.7 rWAR) In their efforts to strengthen the bullpen this past offseason, the...
Nov 1, 2017
MLB Offseason 2017: Reviewing the Rockies arbitration eligible players

MLB Offseason 2017: Reviewing the Rockies arbitration eligible players

Charlie Blackmon, four other Rockies, may be headed to arbitration. With the World Series concluding tonight, the MLB offseason is primed and ready to get started. To help you prepare for the Rockies upcoming moves and transactions we’ve already broken down the Rockies pending free agents and also the players under contract. Next up are the Rockies arbitration eligible players. These are players who have between three and six years of service time (some players with less than three may qualify under the Super-2 designation, but the Rockies don’t have any of those this offseason). These...
Nov 1, 2017
In a season full of good Rockies stories, Chad Bettis’ was the best

In a season full of good Rockies stories, Chad Bettis’ was the best

It wasn’t so much about Bettis’ results on the field, but that he was there at all. Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No. 19, Chad Bettis (0.6 rWAR) In November 2016, Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis...
Nov 1, 2017
Purple Row’s next inning

Purple Row’s next inning

Purple Row is by and for Rockies fans—as always I found Purple Row during the winter. Desperate to read something about the Rockies in the dead of the offseason, I found a place with dedicated and passionate writers and community members who were speaking my language. About a year after finding Purple Row, Bryan Kilpatrick invited me to join the staff as an assistant editor. That was almost three years ago. Hundreds of games, transactions, and posts later, I’ll now be taking over as Purple Row’s site manager, effective today. There’s really not much else to say right now. Purple...
Nov 1, 2017
Colorado Rockies need to rebuild bullpen and offense

Colorado Rockies need to rebuild bullpen and offense

Colorado Rockies news, notes and link for Wednesday, November 1 Colorado Rockies: How far away are they from winning the pennant? | Roxpile Our friends at Roxpile are very generously giving the Rockies till 2025 to win a World Series. Hopefully it won't take the Rockies that long to pull it off. The Rockies biggest need of once again rebuilding their bullpen is noted as they are losing three of their top arms to free agency is brought up. However, I disagree with their hypothesis that without a strong bullpen they will still make a playoff spot on the back of their starting pitching and...
Oct 31, 2017
Rockies utility infielder Pat Valaika earned two nicknames in 2017

Rockies utility infielder Pat Valaika earned two nicknames in 2017

“Patty Barrels” was the Colorado’s secret weapon off the bench. Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No. 20, Pat Valaika (0.4 rWAR) Pat Valaika hit 13 home runs in 195 plate appearances in 2017,...
Oct 31, 2017
Adam Ottavino’s rough season hinged on one terrible outing

Adam Ottavino’s rough season hinged on one terrible outing

Ottavino wasn’t himself in 2017 Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No. 21, Adam Ottavino (0.3 rWAR) I want to start off by saying that Adam Ottavino is the man. Seriously, he might be the coolest dude...
Oct 31, 2017
Nolan Arenado on his way to 5th straight Gold Glove

Nolan Arenado on his way to 5th straight Gold Glove

Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu have picked up prestigious defensive awards. Arenado, LeMahieu win Fielding Bible Awards - MLB.comWith a week to go until the Gold Glove winners are revealed, two of the Rockies three Gold Glove finalists earned another prestigious award for their defense. Both Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu earned 2017 Fielding Bible Awards as the best defenders at their position in baseball. Arenado won the award in 2016 as well. He appears to be a lock to take home his fifth consecutive Gold Glove award. The awards are voted on by a 12-person panel, and Arenado received 118...
Oct 30, 2017
Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu win Fielding Bible Awards

Rockies’ Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu win Fielding Bible Awards

Nolan wins his third straight award and DJ his first For the third straight year, Nolan Arenado has received the Fielding Bible Award for third base. This year, he was joined by teammate and first time recipient DJ LeMahieu. The awards are part of the Bill James Handbook and were announced earlier today on the Fielding Bible website. The Fielding Bible Awards are not as famous as the Rawlings Gold Gloves. However, they should be viewed with higher respect as they only give out one award per position across both the AL and NL, instead of separate awards for each league. The awards are...
Oct 30, 2017
Jeff Hoffman started strong and faded in 2017 for the Rockies

Jeff Hoffman started strong and faded in 2017 for the Rockies

Ranking the Rockies 2017 continues with number 21, Jeff Hoffman. Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No. 22, Jeff Hoffman (0.4 rWAR) To understand Jeff Hoffman’s 2017 season it’s best not to look at...
Oct 30, 2017
Rockies search for a new closer, Greg Holland in the mix

Rockies search for a new closer, Greg Holland in the mix

Colorado Rockies news and links for Monday October 30th, 2017 Analysis: Greg Holland is part of Rockies’ search for a closer, but there are other options | Denver Post Greg Holland, All-Star, was leading the league in saves after the All-Star break for a Colorado Rockies team that was first in its division and thirteen games over .500. Given his success, it was natural to wonder how the Rockies could keep him. After an abysmal August, it was natural to fear that the may end up keeping him thanks to his player option. Such is the fickle nature of being a major league reliever, where over...
Oct 29, 2017
Should the Rockies make Carlos González a qualifying offer?

Should the Rockies make Carlos González a qualifying offer?

Rockies news and links for October 29, 2017 Sunday baseball notes | Boston GlobeThe 2017 post-season will come to an end this week, and with it the offseason festivities will begin. Among the Rockies’ decisions is what to do with Carlos González. It seems almost self-evident that the Rockies won’t offer CarGo a $17.4 million qualifying offer. But Nick Cafardo writes that “the Rockies “are trying to decide on whether to make him a qualifying offer.” So, according to this, the Rockies are on the fence. It’s worthwhile to draw a comparison to the last time the Rockies made a...
Oct 28, 2017
Jonathan Lucroy switches agents, and that could be good for the Rockies

Jonathan Lucroy switches agents, and that could be good for the Rockies

Rockies news and links for October 28, 2017 Jonathan Lucroy Switches Agents | MLB Trade Rumors What a difference a solid second half can make. The Colorado Rockies traded for Lucroy in a true buy low scenario. He turned things around and was a stabilizing presence for the Rockies and their young pitchers as the team reached the playoffs. Just like that, an acquisition that was met with at least some skepticism has turned into a top priority for the Rockies this offseason. Lucroy is a free agent and has reportedly expressed interest in returning to Colorado. The news this week was that he...
Oct 27, 2017
Scott Oberg took an important step in 2017 for the Rockies

Scott Oberg took an important step in 2017 for the Rockies

Oberg’s results may finally be matching his stuff Welcome to the 2017 edition of Ranking the Rockies, where we take a look back at the in-season contributions of every player to don the purple this past season. The goal wasn’t and isn’t to quibble with order. Instead, it’s to get a snapshot of a player along with a look forward. For that reason, we simply sorted by Baseball-Reference’s Wins Above Replacement (rWAR) and will start at the bottom and end up at the top. No. 23, Scott Oberg (0.2 rWAR) During the spring training in 2015, the word coming out Rockies camp was that relief...
Oct 27, 2017
Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon wins Fans’ Choice award

Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon wins Fans’ Choice award

Fans name McMahon the best hitter in the minors Ryan McMahon wins “Fans’ Choice” for best offensive player | MiLB.com Ryan McMahon garnered 21% of the fan voice, just ahead of the 20% Rhys Hoskins got, after hitting .355/.403/.583 across Double- and Triple-A in 2017. McMahon will still quality as a major-league rookie in 2017. So there’s an opportunity for another chance at an award, playing time permitting, of course. Rockies 2017 review: Pat Valaika provided much-needed power off the bench | The Denver PostPatrick Saunders looks back at Pat Valaika's 2017 season, with a...