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Colorado Rockies news and links for Saturday, November 14, 2020
Please describe your favorite baseball player without saying his name, team, or position
— Ben Porter (@Ben13Porter) May 22, 2020
Opening Day came late this year and in the blink of an eye, the offseason is upon us yet again. What exactly is a Rockies fan to do when the days grow cold and the 60 games in 2020 weren’t enough?
(You know it’s the offseason when these observations start to kick in. Somebody please give us a box score.)
Offseason trade talks and free agent signings are often a source of interest, but the uncertain financial landscape in 2020 has tamed those discussions. The ‘hot stove’ of offseason acquisitions has been mellowed to a lukewarm kindling. For now, we’re left hoping Trevor Bauer stays out of the NL West, and that we can have any answers for our own club from upper-level management.
A Purple Row article in late March, titled “How to get your quarantine baseball fix,” outlined the basic alternatives for what to do when baseball games suddenly disappear. When the 2020 season seemed to disappear just as quick as it appeared in the first place, fans everywhere are left in the same predicament they were in just months ago. “Now what?” It may feel like our emergency reserve for our baseball fix is tapped out.
The Rockies’ YouTube channel can fill our baseball void with a few bits of entertainment. On Thursday, the account premiered the first home opener in Rockies history: April 9, 1993 at Mile High Stadium. The Rockies hosted the Montreal Expos in front of over 80,000 fans, and the infamous leadoff home run by Eric Young Sr. is sure to help kick some offseason woes. Take a look at the no-last-name home uniforms, too.
Live baseball can still be followed, as the KBO enters their championship round over the next few days. Baseball movie discussion appears to have picked up, true to offseason form. With the release of the PlayStation 5, perhaps this would be a great time for MLB The Show to take center stage.
The offseason can be bleak—especially this year—but the offseason is a time to look ahead with optimism. This offseason can remind us that even bad baseball is better than no baseball. 2020 has definitely shown that 162 games is better than a mere 60. The calendar can show that Salt River Fields is scheduled to host a Rockies game in 105 days.
Back to our opening tweet: How would you describe some of your favorite Rockies without saying their names or positions?
- “Hey hey. I got your tacos right here.”
- The Big Cat
- Touched home
- Deer meat and staircase
- Part-time BBQ employee
- Ain’t no ordinary sponge
- *clap, clap, clap-clap-clap*
- Arenado’s cousin
- *turn on Pearl Jam’s “I’m Still Alive”*
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On Friday, the Miami Marlins named Kim Ng their new general manager. Baseball executive positions have been largely occupied by males for decades; the hiring of Ng as a GM is a huge step forward for gender equality in professional sports. Her hiring serves as an uplifting moment for baseball fans everywhere, and especially for aspiring females within the sports industry.
MLB tweeted on Friday that Ng is the first female GM of the four major North American sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL), and the first Asian-American GM in MLB history.
Kevin Henry of Rox Pile points out how the Toronto Blue Jays are the gambling favorite to land Yankee infielder DJ LeMahieu (+250). The Indians have the next highest odds (+300); if Francisco Lindor is indeed on his way out of Cleveland, the Indians may see reason to bring in another reputable infielder. Colorado has the third-highest odds to land LeMahieu, and the highest of any National League team (+350).
Dodgers Rumors: Justin Turner Re-Signing More Likely Than Nolan Arenado Or Francisco Lindor Trade | DodgerBlue.com
Matthew Moreno of DodgerBlue.com points out how Justin Turner is more likely to sign with the Dodgers than Nolan Arenado is. Moreno presumes Colorado is “against trading within the National League West,” to the relief of Rockies fans everywhere.
Another fun fact in this article: World Series Champion Jake McGee is now a free agent.
“The Dodgers aren’t a lock to repeat as NL West champions if Bauer heads to San Diego.”
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