Posted March 20, 2012 on AP on Fox
Todd Helton couldn't convey how glad he was that nobody's talking about the Colorado Rockies this year - and that was even before his college buddy Peyton Manning decided to play for the Denver Broncos. A year ago, it seemed everybody had already anointed the Rockies the NL West champions after a busy offseason in which they committed nearly $300 million to their budding stars. Amid all that optimism, they led their division for 38 days before the bottom fell out and they plummeted to a 73-89 record in what was easily the most disappointing season in franchise history. Now, even after a massive makeover that included the infusion of veteran leadership into the clubhouse in Michael Cuddyer, Jeremy Guthrie, Marco Scutaro, Jamie Moyer and Ramon Hernandez, not many pundits are predicting the playoffs for Colorado. And that's just fine with these rejuvenated Rockies, whose best seasons, playoff runs in 2007 and `09, came out of the blue. ''We don't deal too w...

The comeback of Juan Nicasio is beyond words for the Colorado Rockies

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Can Todd Helton be the first member of the Colorado Rockies in the Hall of Fame?

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MLB Preview: Colorado Rockies

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The BP First Take: Wednesday, March 21 by Daniel Rathman

The Rockies need reliable starting pitchers and have a plethora of infielders. The Phillies are running out of infielders and have a surplus of starting pitchers. Perhaps general managers Dan O’Dowd and Ruben Amaro Jr. should have a chat. With two weeks remaining before Opening Day, Colorado’s rotation plan is still to throw a bunch of things at a wall and hope five of them...

Padres 10, Rockies 6

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