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Posted on: February 25, 2011 6:11 pm
 

CarGo to stay in left this season

Carlos GonzalezWhile I'm of the belief that outfield Gold Gloves should be rewarded for each of the three positions in the outfield, rather than just a generic "outfield" spot, last season Carlos Gonzalez seemed to earn his working at all three spots. The Gold Glover started 55 games in center, 51 in left and 34 in right.

This season, Rockies manager Jim Tracy wants Gonzalez to be a left field and a left fielder only.

"He's earned it," Tracy told reporters, according to the Denver Post's Jim Armstrong. "You have to show respect for the player."

Not that it seems to bother Gonzalez.

"I'm here to play whatever he wants me to play," Gonzalez said. "I'm sure if he needs a right fielder, I'll be the first person to say I'll play there. I'm here to help the team."

Dexter Fowler will be the team's everyday center fielder, while the right field spot may be up in the air. The Rockies hope Seth Smith wins the job in spring, but if he doesn't, Ryan Spilborghs and Ty Wigginton could see time there.

Last season, Gonzalez was best in left field, according to UZR/150, recording a 12.6 rating there. He had a -8.6 UZR/150 in center and -18.6 in right. His career UZR/150 ratings are a little better, 13.3 in left, 3.7 in center and 0.8 in right. He finished 10th in the Fielding Bible Awards among left fielders last season. 

As for the Gold Glove? Well, we all know the bat is a big part of that -- and no matter where he plays, Gonzalez certainly brings his bat. He finished with .336/.376/.598 with 34 home runs and 117 RBI last season.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 4:53 pm
Edited on: November 21, 2010 5:33 pm
 

Rockies determined to contend, need improvements

de la Rosa In 2010, the Rockies tried to make another attempt at a late-season surge that has become a trademark, but fell far short in finishing 83-79, nine games out of first.

They were one-and-a-half behind first place on Sept. 20, so that's quite a dizzying decline.

"We fell off the face of the earth," Rockies president Dick Monfort admitted to the Denver Post .

The Rockies don't plan to fall off the face again, although they'll have work on their hands to avoid that. The first priority is finding a way to replace starter Jorge de la Rosa, who looks certain to depart as a free agent. Colorado isn't willing to go more than three years for the talented but inconsistent lefty.

"[De la Rosa] told us a minimum of five years. We think [it will end up] four, but we aren't willing to do four," Monfort stated. "At three we would look at it. ... We are worried about his commitment if we go four. How would he respond to that?"

Colorado is concerned about de la Rosa's commitment after showing up to spring training in 2009 out of shape, but he may have turned a corner last season after giving birth to Twins. However, you can't base the next four-to-five years off one season of being in good condition.

The opening de la Rosa (pictured) has left in the rotation is stressing out GM Dan O'Dowd, as Monfort reveals, but it is what it is. Colorado is exporing replacing de la Rosa with a veteran along the lines of Carl Pavano, Jon Garland, Javier Vazquez, Aaron Harang, Dave Bush and Kevin Millwood in free agency. On the trade front, Gavin Floyd, Scott Kazmir and James Shields have been bandied about. The club acquired Felipe Paulino from the Astros in exchange for Clint Barmes this past week.

The Rockies also are considering adding a big bat, such as catcher Victor Martinez or Arizona's Justin Upton.

However, even if the club does import a bat, it's imperative for current Rockies of Todd Helton, Ian Stewart, Chris Iannetta and Seth Smith to improve.

Helton seems ticked for the Hall of Fame, but for now has a contract through 2013 and needs to step up after struggling to a .256/.362/.367 line in 473 plate appearances. While Helton's contract is no longer backbreaking thanks to a restructuring, he still is expected to produce.

"We need someone that can protect us at first base. But we still are all hoping Todd [bounces] back. I think he can. We don't expect a lot of power. Just those 12-pitch at-bats, getting on base," Monfort said. "That's the guy we missed."

Iannetta, meanwhile, figures to open the year as starting catcher after the club cut ties with Miguel Olivo. With a long-term contract in tow, the Rockies need Iannetta to step up and produce in the majors, not just in the minors. Meanwhile, outfielder Seth Smith struggled after finally getting his wish of being a starter.

And Ian Stewart is expected to be a 30-home run, 100-RBI producer, but hit 18 home runs in 2010, including with almost a month of time missed to injury. Stewart holds the key to the team, as Monfort reveals.

"If he can become a 30-home run, 100-RBI guy, we could win the division," Monfort said. "We need those guys to step up. Iannetta needs to respond. Smith wanted to be a starter, then struggled. We are hoping that [new hitting coach] Carney [Lansford] will be a little more forceful with them. They need to get it done."

It took the Rockies 12 seasons to get back to the playoffs after losing the division series in 1995 after the 1993 inception of the club. They have no interest in another prolonged drought, especially with Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki's contracts affording the Rockies just a three-to-four year window of contention, unless Colorado comes up with the funds to resign the trio.

However, with a modest payroll ($86 million in 2010), the Rockies may not be able to do that. To raise payroll, ticket prices would have to be raised, and that has not happened in years.

The time to win is now in Colorado.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: September 17, 2010 8:53 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:54 am
 

Rockies backed up Mannings

Todd Helton Apparently the Rockies have a thing for quarterbacks.

The New York Times ' Billy Witz has an interesting angle on this weekend's matchup of the Mannings in the NFL: the Rockies have backups to Peyton Manning and Eli Manning on their roster. Todd Helton backed up the elder Manning at Tennessee and Seth Smith was behind Eli at Ole Miss.

In addition to those two, the Rockies drafted Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker in the first round of June's draft and North Carolina State QB Russell Wilson in the fourth round.

Assistant general manager Bill Geivett said the team isn't targeting quarterbacks, but does find QBs usually have leadership qualities and intelligence, two things they certainly don't mind.

"Especially with all the offensive schemes you've got to learn now," Geivett said. "All that being said, you better hit."

While Parker and Wilson are starting for their teams, Helton played in four games before Peyton Manning took over and Smith never got into a game as a quarterback, but did play as a receiver.

"Being around guys like that made it an easy decision," Helton said of choosing baseball over football.

Anyway, go ahead and read the whole article, it's pretty interesting.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 5:56 pm
 

Rockies touch up Chapman

Aroldis Chapman Apparently, Aroldis Chapman is human.

The Reds used Chapman in the middle of an inning for the first time and he allowed not only his first big league hit, but also his first run.

Chapman entered the game with two outs and the Reds trailing by a run, 5-4.

Eric Young Jr. got the first hit off Chapman, a singled up the middle on a 98.6 mph fastball, scoring Seth Smith. Dexter Fowler then hit a hard ball at Paul Janish, who was knocked backwards and tried to get a force at second, but threw it over the head of Brandon Phillips, scoring Chris Nelson, scored as an error.

Carlos Gonzalez then hit a little bouncer over Chapman's head that third baseman Juan Francisco couldn't handle, loading the bases. After throwing a 103.1 mph fastball to Troy Tulowitzki, Ryan Hanigan had one go by him for a passed ball, scoring another run. Chapman then got Tulowitzki swinging at a slider to end the inning.

Chapman's final line -- 1/3 of an inning, three hits and an unearned run with a strikeout. He threw 16 pitches -- nine were clocked at 100 mph or better.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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