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Black (and Purple) Friday Shopping List for the Colorado Rockies

November 28th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Thanksgiving is now behind us, leftovers are ahead of us and Black Friday is officially upon us. Shoppers will be scratching and clawing (not a metaphor) to get their Christmas and Hanukkah shopping all taken care of. In one day. Amidst throngs of angry, tired people. No thanks. Anyway, the Colorado Rockies still have every single item on their list left to get, so let's go shopping for the club today.

First thing on the list is starting pitching. This has changed recently with the news that Jhoulys Chacin could possibly come back back healthy in 2015. What that did was knock the amount of starting pitchers the Rockies need from two to one. And why not sign a familiar face for that one starter.

Brett Anderson's 2014 was cut short due to injuries, but when he played, he was lights out for the Blake Street Bombers. In eight starts, he posted a 2.91 ERA and a 1.315 WHIP with a 2.33 K/BB ratio. The Rockies declined his $12 million option, but at half the price, he would make for an excellent signing. And if you're worried, half of his starts were at Coors Field, where he put up a 3.54 ERA.

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The Colorado Rockies Will Never Be the Boston Red Sox

November 26th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

Free agency news really picked up on Monday when it broke that the Boston Red Sox will sign third baseman Pablo Sandoval and shortstop Hanley Ramirez. After finishing in last place in the American League East last year, they seem determined to not have a repeat of 2014. The Red Sox don't have to go through a rebuilding process, they simply open up their wallets and attract the best free agents to go play at Fenway Park. The Colorado Rockies have been rebuilding for years it seems, unable to attract big time free agents and unwilling to make a splash in the trade market. And the truth of the matter is the Rockies will never be the Red Sox.

Instead of focusing all of their time on the big league team, the Rockies are forced to take an organization-wide look at the teams. They're not going to land Pablo Sandoval or Hanley Ramirez level free agents more than perhaps once or twice a decade, so they need to rebuild from within. Draft well, sign well in the foreign market and develop well has been the plan for the Rockies for years with mostly negative results. This plan can definitely work in the MLB, as long as the team does all three things well, which the Rox obviously haven't.

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The Steroid Era in the Hall of Fame

November 25th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The 20 finalists for the 2015 MLB Hall of Fame were announced Monday. The big news to come from the announcement was the triumvirate of newly eligible pitchers Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. Those three are hardly the biggest names on the ballot, however, as players like Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens. Besides being great players all, what else do they have in common? Yep, steroids. "Allegedly" in the case of Bonds, still. The question with these guys is whether they belong in the hall or not. Should players who've admitted to steroid use or at the least have significant ties to PEDs be allowed in the Hall of Fame?

Oftentimes the basis of many Hall of Fame arguments is numbers. Are this guy's numbers better than this guy's? And does that mean he belongs in the Hall? But statistics should just be a very small part of a player's Hall of Fame story. Numbers can be inflated not only with drugs, but by ballparks (Coors Field) and technological advancements like video analysis and so on.

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Do the Colorado Rockies Have an Identity?

November 24th, 2014 at 5:00 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies are many things. You can use many descriptors of the Blake Street Bombers, but do any of those descriptors actually stick? Is there a certain thing they do or a type of personnel they have that gives the team an on-the-field identity? Other teams around the league do, but the Rockies may not have one.

Now, the Rockies are certainly built around offense. With the bats they have in the lineup, and with a little assistance from Coors Field, they consistently lead the league in scoring. You can look up the team stats at just about any point in any season and you'll see the Rox leading in runs scored per game and in the top five in just about everything else.

Still, though, they aren't thought of as an offensive machine. It isn't their identity the way it is for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or last year's Baltimore Orioles. Those teams have a calling card to fall back on when things aren't going well for them in the other areas of the game. The Rockies don't. Far too often they leave their offense at home or come up short in the clutch for them to be identified as an offensive juggernaut.

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The Colorado Rockies Should Be More Like the San Diego Padres

November 22nd, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Joe Lemere

The Colorado Rockies have been pretty quiet on all fronts this offseason. Their aren't any free agent rumors surrounding the team, and the trade buzz that swelled a couple of weeks ago has all but died. Besides holding a Twitter Q & A session on Friday, the front office has either been keeping quiet to anyone involved in the media or they've just been keeping quiet altogether. Either way, there is little excitement surrounding the Rockies in a time when the hot stove should be just that — hot.

Besides the big market teams that can throw around a lot of money, the one team that is popping up all over the place is the San Diego Padres. Whether they make true any of the rumors they're involved in right now isn't the point. The point is that the fan base is excited about what could happen, and that's something the Rockies could use a little of right now.

As things stand now, the Padres are making a play for third baseman Pablo Sandoval, are possibly interested in trading for shortstop Ian Kennedy, may try to go after Jay Bruce, tried to acquire Jason Heyward, may similarly try to get Matt Kemp, and are the leaders to sign Cuban defector Yasmany Tomas. And all of this under a first year general manager. Jealous, Rockies fans?

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