SCOTTSDALE — Chemistry and culture are buzzwords in Rockies’ camp this spring. Every club wants to get along, believes players will pull the rope in the same direction. The reality is that it doesn’t always work out that way. Typically, the breakdown occurs when a team starts losing.
Following last year’s 73-89 disaster, the Rockies are determined to build stronger relationships, creating bonds that don’t waver with results. Can it be done? The Rockies are trying some interesting methods.
Recently, each player was handed an envelope with a teammate’s name and several questions. The assignment was to find out as much about the player without using the media guide or asking the player. Research done, the player makes a presentation about his teammate during the full-squad morning meeting.
A few presentations are made each day. Jamie Moyer, the oldest player in any big league camp at 49, set the bar high in his speech about Jeremy Guthrie, talking for roughly 15 minutes. He called the...