Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Thoughts on the Colorado Rockies front office moves

Dick Monfort is the real problem for the Colorado Rockies.
Dreams do come true.

However, as is the case with Colorado Rockies fans, those dreams don't always play out the way they were originally thought up.

On Wednesday morning, Rockies fans were jolted out of their sleep by text messages from friends announcing that Christmas had come early. The Rockies had accepted the resignation of not only Dan O'Dowd and Bill Geivett. It was the move that fans had been demanding for the better part of three years.

As quickly as the good news came in, however, their was a Gatorade bucket of water dumped onto the fire of excitement. The Rockies search wasn't going to go outside of the organization that many had longed for, but instead, the search ended before it began. The Rockies announced that Jeff Bridich, the director of their farm system, had been promoted into that role.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watching teams celebrate should crush the Colorado Rockies decision-makers

Playing out the string isn't too much fun to watch.
On Tuesday night it was the Pittsburgh Pirates, a few nights before it was the Angels. Tomorrow night could be the Dodgers turn.

Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies finished a 3-1/2 hour game in San Diego that literally means nothing. It would have been a nail biter--if anyone still cared. Instead, while making his 998th career appearance, LaTroy Hawkins worked his way out of a lead-off walk to finish a 3-2 rare Rockies road win.

The champagne was probably being cleaned up off of the Pirates clubhouse floor when the Rockies finally finished their road affair on the west coast. The six-game road trip to finish off the season feels like salt in the wound for Rockies fans who don't want to miss a game. The 11:30 pm finishes make it tough for fans to stay tuned until the final out.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Failure to make changes might hurt the Colorado Rockies more than they think

Dick Monfort simply doesn't get it.
Dick Monfort is fiercely loyal. Nearly everyone agrees on that.

That is what everyone says about the Colorado Rockies owner. That is why he hasn't done what the owners of 27 other teams have done, some several times, since he hired Dan O'Dowd to be the general manager of the Rockies. Since 1999, when O'Dowd was brought on board, all but two teams have fired their GM's. Both of those teams, the Yankees and the Giants, have won multiple World Championships under their current GM.

The Rockies, however, haven't come close to winning two World Series in that time. In fact, over that course of time, O'Dowd's Rockies have only had four winning seasons. They have been to the playoffs just twice, and they have failed to win a National League West title. In the same amount of time, every other team in the NL West has won that division at least twice.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Colorado Rockies finish off home schedule with a sweep of the Diamondbacks

Coors Field closed it's doors for the season on Sunday.
Believe it or not, the Colorado Rockies played a game on Sunday.

It might seem hard to believe, as the entire focus of the Denver sports scene was on the Denver Broncos trip to Seattle to avenge their Super Bowl blowout loss.

Strangely, the Rockies had more success over the weekend than the Broncos did. The Rockies got a good pitching performance from Christian Bergman, who went 5-2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. He only threw 67 pitches before giving way to Franklin Morales after giving up a two run bomb to Mark Trumbo.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Eddie Butler shines in return to Colorado Rockies rotation

Much of the hope for the Colorado Rockies immediate future rests on Eddie Butler's right arm.

On Saturday, Butler gave far more reason for excitement than he did in his lone big league start back in June. His six innings of one-run baseball was impressive, even if it came against the one team int he National League worse than the Rockies.

Butler only struck out one, but he got eight outs by ground ball and four by fly ball. The lone run that he gave up was on a home run to Jake Lamb. He wiggled out of trouble on two occasions. In the end, Butler threw just 81 pitches in his six innings before the Rockies decided to hand the ball to the bullpen.

It was a very impressive performance from the guy who the Rockies need to be the real deal. It was the type of performance that many Rockies fans had envisioned seeing throughout June and July, not for the first time in September.

Michael Cuddyer wows with his bat as Colorado Rockies avoid 100 losses

Michael Cuddyer is fun to watch, but should the Rox re-sign him?
Crisis averted.

The Colorado Rockies will not lose 100 games, as so many had predicted that they would. A 15-2 drubbing of the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field ensured that the most they can lose is 99 games. Two more wins in their final nine games will keep them from posting a franchise-worst record.

The hero on Friday night was Michael Cuddyer, who provided plenty of fireworks for the fans long before the actual fireworks display started. In the 6th inning he connected for a grand slam. The ball was a no-doubter deep into the left field seats. In the following inning he came back to the plate with the bases jammed again. This time he drilled a 1-1 pitch into the left-center gap for a bases-clearing double.