Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado skipped the team plane last fall and spent several depressive days in Phoenix after the Rockies’ 11-8 loss in the 2017 National League Wild Card Game, filling his time with diversions, while longing for a baseball game that was not to come.
Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon views the one-year, $14 million contract he signed to avoid arbitration as a beginning.
A handful of Holm Elementary School teachers from when Rockies pitcher Kyle Freeland was a student were still there when he visited Wednesday during a Rockies Winter Caravan appearance with pitcher Jon Gray and infielder Pat Valaika.
The Rockies’ Ryan McMahon admitted enjoying the buzz that comes with being considered a prospect. Fans recognize him by sight and extend their baseballs, cards and anything else for him to sign. But deep down, he enjoys the littlest of fans; those who may not yet be familiar with the top-prospect lists.
Rockies pitcher Jon Gray appreciated the warmth Wednesday at the Rockies Dugout Store. It was a change of pace from the cold that he took into the offseason — even though he embraced that feeling as well.
Before visiting Denver-area schools and hospitals Tuesday as part of the Rockies Winter Caravan, Vinny Castilla sang Nolan Arenado’s praises on MLB Network’s Hot Stove program via FaceTime.
The Rockies and D-backs took forward steps last year by grabbing both National League Wild Card spots, but Rockies manager Bud Black said Tuesday there is still work to do to make sure the NL West is thought of as more than belonging to the Dodgers and Giants.
If the Rockies hope to return to the postseason after making their first appearance since 2009 last season, they will once again be leaning heavily on a youthful rotation.
When Mike Dunn signed a three-year contract with the Rockies last offseason, he wanted to be the closer. That goal remains the left-hander’s long-term aspiration, but he’s lent himself to the notion of being a focal figure in part of something more congruent.
Three years into his college career, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was a left-handed relief specialist. Now look at him. He’s an All-Star center fielder, coming off a season in which he set a record for leadoff hitters with 102 RBI.
The Rockies have agreed to a $14 million contract with Charlie Blackmon for the 2018 season and will avoid arbitration with the reigning National League batting champion, according to a report from MLB Network Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.
The Rockies’ annual Winter Caravan begins its eight-day weave through the Rocky Mountain Region this Saturday, with events and scheduled appearances of personnel and staff spanning Colorado New Mexico and Wyoming. Most events are open to the public and all appearances are scheduled to change.