Bill James brought up something on Wednesday that I had entirely missed — Colorado’s Charlie Blackmon almost never hits into a double play. He has hit into 20 double plays in his entire career, and he has never even hit into five in a season.
Nolan Arenado isn’t among the finalists for this year’s National League Most Valuable Player Award, but the third baseman does it all for Colorado as a major offensive producer — he drove in 130 RBIs in 2017 — and one of the game’s most elite defenders.
Rockies center fielder and leadoff hitter Charlie Blackmon and run-producing third baseman Nolan Arenado won Louisville Silver Slugger Awards as the best National League offensive players at their respective positions.
The Rockies love right-handed pitching prospect Shane Broyles’ confidence and his fastball, and hope his work in the Arizona Fall League helps him develop the other finer qualities necessary for him to be a factor in the Majors in 2018.
Fellow Major Leaguers honored Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado with the Majestic Athletic Always Game Award, part of the MLB Players Association’s Players Choice Awards.
Rockies right-handed pitcher German Marquez, who led Major League rookies in quality starts and tied for the lead in wins, was named to the Topps MLB All-Star Rookie Team on Tuesday, as announced on MLB Network.
Roy Halladay, a two-time Cy Young Award winner who was the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in the postseason, died Tuesday when his plane crashed into the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida. He was 40.
Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the first infielder in history to begin his career with five straight Rawlings Gold Glove Awards, and second baseman DJ LeMahieu claimed his second career Gold Glove honor. The awards were announced Tuesday night on ESPN.
After developing quickly and qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 2009, the Rockies need to guard against losing ground in the late bullpen and behind the plate. At the same time, they need to improve their offensive consistency. How will they handle both requirements this offseason?
The Rockies reinstated right-handed pitcher Jairo Diaz from the 60-day disabled list and selected the contract of outfielder Noel Cuevas from Triple-A Albuquerque on Monday. The moves put the Rockies at 33 players on their Major League roster, seven fewer than the limit.
Closer Greg Holland was the only free agent to receive a qualifying offer from the Rockies.
Bud Black, who took over as manager of the Rockies in 2017 and led them to their first postseason appearance since ’09, was named Monday as a finalist for the Baseball Writers Association of America National League Manager of the Year Award.