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SCOTTSDALE — There’s a closeness to spring training that doesn’t exist in the regular season or arguably any professional sport. The players feel like they are constantly in arms reach. And they certainly are in full view of a flip-camera.
Monday, I filmed Troy Tulowitzki, Carlos Gonzalez, Todd Helton and Casey Blake taking cuts. I was roughly 4 feet from the batter’s box.
A lot of us want to believe we could hit in the majors — I don’t count myself among that group. Then you see the ball jump off their bat like a seat-seeking missile and realize, “OK, maybe not.” Enjoy the hacks.
And for those asking, yes Carlos Gonzalez is 10 pounds heavier — “But I feel stronger than I did at this time last year,” he said.
Tulo has a mohawk (It’s a work in progress). Blake can type — he pounded the words out on the keyboard last week for his live chat set up by The Des Moines Register. And Helton cut his hair, saying “I wanted to look younger.”
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If nothing else, the 2011-2012 offseason has been confusing for Colorado Rockies fans.On Monday in Scottsdale, the Rockies announced that they have reached a "handshake" agreement with Jim Tracy which will allow him to be the manager of the club "indefinitely."What does that mean? Well, that is where the confusion comes in. Read through comments on Twitter and...
Jamie Moyer has a few more gray hairs than most of his teammates and he may have lost a step or two. It's hard to tell as his eyes light up when talk turns to baseball and, suddenly, he seems as youthful as 22-year-old Tyler Chatwood, who sits on a nearby locker stool listening to the 49-year-old left-hander.
Moyer last pitched with the Philadelphia Phillies in July 2010. He...
Jim Tracy will remain manager of the Colorado Rockies as long as he sees fit.
The Rockies announced Tuesday that Tracy has been given an "indefinite" contract extension. General manager Dan O'Dowd said he and Tracy have a handshake deal and that no paperwork has been signed.
Tracy, 56, is under contract through the upcoming season.
The former National League Manager...
SCOTTSDALE — Jim Tracy’s contract extension brought congratulations and confusion this morning. Several players interviewed were pleased to learn this morning that the manager has a new “handshake” agreement, but were unsure what “indefinite” entailed.
“What does that mean? I have never heard of that,” reliever Matt Belise said. “But what it says to me is the confidence...
Nolan Arenado sees this Spring Training camp as an opportunity. If he takes advantage of it the way he's done others recently, he could find his way to Coors Field soon enough.
Rafael Betancourt's role in the Rockies' bullpen this year is drastically changing. But the reliever is adamant his approach will not.
Don't look. Just listen. The ball sounds louder coming off Dexter Fowler's bat.
Jeremy Guthrie had plenty of new faces to meet as the Rockies got Spring Training under way, but his largest concern centered upon what he figured to be the most difficult thing about his transition to the new club: how to bunt.
Colorado Rockies manager Jim Tracy has received what general manager Dan O'Dowd calls an "indefinite" contract extension.
Jim Tracy has a handshake agreement to remain with the Colorado Rockies.
Colorado Rockies minor league pitcher Joseph Torres has been suspended 50 games by Major League Baseball for a violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
NEW YORK—Colorado Rockies pitcher Joseph Torres has been suspended for 50 games under baseball's minor league drug program for a positive test for an amphetamine.