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  • Rockies Expected To Promote Top Prospect Brendan Rodgers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies are expected to promote top prospect Brendan Rodgers, according to Thomas Harding of Corresponding moves remain to be seen, but a recent injury to shortstop Trevor Story is said to have played a role in the decision. The 22-year-old Rodgers has..." May 16

  • Rockies Option Tyler Anderson, Place Harrison Musgrave On IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have optioned left-handed starter Tyler Anderson to Triple-A Albuquerque and placed southpaw reliever Harrison Musgrave on the 10-day injured list with a flexor strain in his pitching elbow, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. The club recalled righties Yency Almonte..." May 05

  • Rockies Activate Chris Iannetta, Designate Drew Butera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have designated catcher Drew Butera for assignment, per’s Thomas Harding (Twitter link). His place on the active roster will be taken by Chris Iannetta, who has been activated from the injured list. Butera helped fill in for Iannetta, which is..." May 03

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Rockies’ Daniel Murphy ‘helping’ to raise money for LGBTQ causes

    Out Sports "The name Daniel Murphy, the Colorado Rockies lefty first baseman, hasn’t ever appeared in headlines containing the words “raise money for LGBTQ causes.” Until now. The headlines about Murphy and the LGBTQ community are typically about..." April 29

  • Rockies Acquire James Pazos

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have acquired lefty James Pazos from the Phillies, the clubs announced. Infielder Hunter Stovall is heading to the Philadelphia organization in return. Pazos was designated for assignment recently by the Phils. He’ll head onto the Colorado 40-man roster but does not..." April 26

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Nolan Arenado swats go-ahead homer for 1,000th career hit

    Hardball Talk "Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado entered Monday night’s game against the Nationals sitting on 997 hits for his career spanning seven seasons. Arenado hit an RBI double in the first inning, grounded out in the third, doubled again to lead off the fifth, then hit a solo homer..." April 23

  • ‘I’m proof that they can do anything:’ Kyle Freeland’s jersey retired by Thomas Jefferson High School

    KDVR "Denver’s Thomas Jefferson High School retired Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland’s high school jersey during a school assembly on Monday morning. Freeland, a 2011 graduate of the school, was drafted by the Rockies in the first round of the 2014 MLB..." April 22

  • Rockies’ Kyle Freeland lands on injured list; Tyler Anderson activated from IL

    Denver Post "The Rockies’ starting rotation, the club’s strength during its recent hot streak, took a big hit Monday when left-hander Kyle Freeland was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. Freeland was scheduled to start..." April 22

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • How bad is it? The Rockies poor start in context

    Purple Row "High expectations were the norm heading into the 2019 season. For many, those expectations have been calibrated into near non-existence. I know, I know, it’s still early. But that’s less true by the day, and I don’t know how much stock to put into it to make me feel better..." April 15

  • Rockies Select Drew Butera, Place Chris Iannetta On 10-Day IL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies announced today that backstop Drew Butera’s contract was selected from Triple-A. He’ll take the active roster spot of fellow receiver Chris Iannetta, who was placed on the 10-day inured list with a strained lat muscle. In other roster moves, the club announced..." April 15

  • Rockies player hitting panic button after 3-12 start

    Larry Brown Sports "The worst record in baseball does not belong to one of the many rebuilding teams in the league. It belongs to the Colorado Rockies, who played in the NLDS last season and were expected to contend again in 2019. The Rockies are 3-12 and have scored the second-fewest runs in all of..." April 14

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • David Dahl diagnosed with lower abdomen injury as Rockies waiting to “see how it plays out”

    Denver Post "A severe hamstring injury in 2013; a lacerated spleen in 2015. Rib and back issues that wiped out all of his 2017 big-league season, and a broken foot last summer that shelved him for two months.  The baseball gods haven’t exactly been kind to Rockies outfielder David..." April 09

  • It’s early, but pressure is mounting for Nolan Arenado and the Rockies

    Purple Row "Nolan Arenado has been growing into a leadership role on the Rockies. This started becoming apparent in January 2018, during the Rockies’ offseason caravan, when we learned about how Nolan seemed to take the Rockies’ 2017 Wild Card loss to the Diamondbacks personally. He turned..." April 08

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Rockies Place Tyler Anderson On IL, Recall Yency Almonte

    MLB Trade Rumors "According to a team announcement (Twitter link), the Rockies have placed left-handed pitcher Tyler Anderson on the 10-day injured list due to left knee inflammation. In a corresponding move, the team recalled right-hander Yency Almonte from Triple-A. Anderson, 29, has looked out of..." April 07

  • Rockies could lock up Freeland, Story after Marquez extension

    The Score "The Colorado Rockies might not be finished locking up key players after already signing German Marquez and Nolan Arenado to five- and eight-year extensions, respectively. Rockies chairman and chief executive officer Dick Monfort said he prefers signing shortstop Trevor Story to an..." April 06

  • Rockies Interested In Additional Extensions

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies are fully on board the extension train, having inked two significant deals with existing players this winter (Nolan Arenado, German Marquez) after doing the same this time last year with Charlie Blackmon. Club owner Dick Monfort indicated today that the team is interested in..." April 06

  • has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • Rockies' Jake McGee hits injured list with knee sprain

    CBS Sports "McGee was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left knee sprain Tuesday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. McGee left Monday's game against the Rays with the injury and will be out until at least April 12.  " April 02

  • Rockies, German Márquez in agreement on 5-year contract extension

    Purple Row "It seems that every day another team locks up another young player through his arbitration years. The Rockies are joining that fun, as they have agreed on a five-year, $43 million contract with right-handed pitcher German Márquez, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The details..." April 02

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Daniel Murphy to miss at least a month due to his fractured finger

    Hardball Talk "Rockies manager Bud Black said this morning that Daniel Murphy will miss at least one month due to the avulsion fracture of his left index finger. Murphy sustained the injury while fielding a ground ball in the fourth inning of Friday’s game against the..." April 02

  • Rockies’ Daniel Murphy breaks index finger, will head to injured list

    Denver Post "Daniel Murphy, the Rockies’ new first baseman and major offseason free-agent acquisition, is headed to the injured list with a fractured left index finger. X-rays taken Saturday revealed a break near the tip of his finger. Murphy said he expects to see a hand specialist Monday...." March 31

  • Rockies Promote Pat Valaika

    MLB Trade Rumors "Following the finger injury suffered by Daniel Murphy, the Rockies have called up infielder Pat Valaika to fill his roster spot, according to Nick Groke of The Athletic. It’s expected that Murphy will miss several weeks with a fractured index finger, so Valaika, 26, will occupy a bench..." March 31

  • Rockies Outright Rayan Gonzalez To Double-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have outrighted right-handed pitcher Rayan Gonzalez to Double-A Hartford, according to Thomas Harding of (Twitter link). The move will clear a spot on the 40-man roster, leaving the team with 38 players on the 40-man. Gonzalez, 28, had previously been optioned to..." March 31

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • Former Rockies All-Star Todd Helton cited in DUI crash

    Knoxville News Sentinel "Former Colorado Rockies and Tennessee baseball star Todd Helton has entered a treatment facility following a suspected DUI-related crash in West Knox County. Helton, 45, was cited, but not arrested, on a charge of driving under the influence after crashing his 2019 Ford F-150..." March 26

  • Giants Claim Tom Murphy From Rockies

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have claimed catcher Tom Murphy off waivers from the Rockies, Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports (via Twitter). Colorado reportedly placed the 27-year-old Murphy, who is out of minor league options, on waivers over the weekend. The move to acquire Murphy comes..." March 25

  • Rockies Sign Drew Butera

    CBS Sports "Butera signed a minor-league contract with the Rockies on Monday. Butera has latched on with the Rockies after being released by the Phillies earlier in the month. " March 25

  • MLBPA just another union currently being crushed by technology

    Sportsnet "We are not witnessing the death of the Major League Baseball Players Association. But on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s challenge on the reserve clause that opened the door for free agency, we are bystanders to its gelding. It’s debatable who, if anybody, gets the..." March 25

  • Rockies Option Jeff Hoffman To Triple-A

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies have optioned right-handed pitcher Jeff Hoffman to Triple-A Albuquerque, according to Nick Groke of The Athletic (Twitter link). The move leaves Colorado with 28 players in Major League camp. " March 24

  • Yanks' Diehl thought trade to Rockies was prank

    ESPN "At first, Phillip Diehl was in disbelief. When New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the slim 24-year-old lefty into his office Saturday afternoon and said the words, "We're trading you," Diehl thought his second-year skipper was playing some kind of sick prank on..." March 24

  • Yankees swing deal for outfielder Mike Tauchman, trading Phillip Diehl to Colorado

    North Jersey "In a move designed to improve their outfield depth, the Yankees acquired Mike Tauchman from the Colorado Rockies in a Saturday afternoon trade. Left-handed pitcher Phillip Diehl, who impressed the Yankees in camp, was sent to Colorado in exchange for the lefty hitter who plays all..." March 24

  • There is little correlation between player salaries and ticket prices

    Hardball Talk "With the recent spate of contract extensions and big name free agent signings, more than a handful of fans have expressed concern that deals signed by the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado will drive up ticket prices. Research on the subject is scarce, but..." March 22

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19

  • MLB is working on a system that will allow pitchers and catchers to communicate through watches

    CBS Sports "Sign-stealing is a hot topic in baseball these days after the Astros were caught monitoring and recording activity in the opposing dugout during the postseason last year. Houston was eventually cleared of any wrongdoing, though the incident did bring high-tech sign-stealing into..." March 18

  • Michael Saunders let go by Rockies

    CBS Sports "Saunders was released by the Rockies on Sunday, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports. Saunders joined the Rockies on a minor-league deal in December and had a.741 OPS over 28 plate appearances this spring. " March 17

  • Cleveland Indians agree to minor-league deal with OF Carlos Gonzalez pending physical

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Opening day is drawing near and the Indians working on their outfield. They have agreed to a minor-league deal with Carlos Gonzalez, pending a physical. The deal, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, includes an early April opt out clause. The deal was confirmed by the..." March 17

  • MLBPA did not support three-batter minimum rule

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association agreed to numerous changes that will take effect this season or next, but it sounds like the union was very reluctant on at least one of the new rules. One major change that will be implemented beginning in 2020 is a three-batter..." March 14

  • MLB reportedly will give $1 million to Home Run Derby winner

    ESPN "A single trade deadline, an All-Star Game election day and a million-dollar bonus for the Home Run Derby winner will be implemented in 2019 -- while a three-batter minimum for pitchers and roster expansion will happen in 2020 -- as part of a deal Major League Baseball and the MLB Players..." March 14