Rockies ping pong tournament gets heated with heavy action on Vinny Castilla

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There was a heavy rooting interest in Vinny Castilla in the Rockies’ weight training room Wednesday morning at Salt River. The Rockies’ coach and former star third baseman for the franchise faced off against farm director Zach Wilson in a ping pong tournament. Players were hanging over the balconies and a mariachi band played through timeouts as the left...
Via The Denver Post
7 days ago

Rockies hold ping-pong tourney in front of packed clubhouse

Spring training undoubtedly serves its purpose with its myriad benefits and routines. It helps players, management, coaching staff, trainers and the like prepare themselves -- both mentally and physically -- for the impending slog through the marathon-like regular season.But even spring training can get a bit long, tenuous and repetitive. So many teams try to figure out ways to break...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Mariachi band can't help Castilla in tournament

Wednesday morning started with a mariachi band at the Rockies' camp. But shortly thereafter, disappointed groans filled the air. As former Rockies star and current front office special assistant Vinny Castilla -- a proud native of Mexico -- geared up for the finals of the team's table tennis tournament, a mariachi band strode into the clubhouse playing music in support.
7 days ago

Former Rockies great Vinny Castilla is quite the ping-pong player

The Colorado Rockies are currently in Scottsdale, Ariz. for Spring Training, and the paddles are in full-swing. Wait, paddles? That’s right. The Rockies took a break from baseball to host a ping-pong tournament involving the entire organization. Wednesday morning was the championship game, and pitted a former player against a current front office member. Former Rockies great...
Via Mile High Sports
7 days ago

Colorado Rockies' managerial search may reach conclusion shortly

Friday's links and notes Rockies' decision on new manager could come in next few days | Denver Post According to the Denver Post, a "major-league source" has revealed that it's possible that Bridich will pick the Rockies' new manager as early as this weekend. We'll find out shortly enough. Burks, Castilla to speak at 19th annual SABR banquet | MLB Vinny Castilla and Ellis Burks...
Via Purple Row
November 04, 2016

Burks, Castilla to speak at 19th annual SABR banquet

Former Rockies' All-Stars and special assistants to the general manager, Ellis Burks and Vinny Castilla, believe the team's time is about to arrive
November 03, 2016

Pat Valaika, an “Interesting Player,” Joins Colorado Rockies

Vinny Castilla yelled across the Colorado Rockies locker room at Pat Valaika. In a whirlwind of introductions for the rookie who had just been called up, Castilla wanted to make sure he had met veteran pitcher Jorge De La Rosa. It was just one in a series of surreal moments for Valaika, who joined the […] Pat Valaika, an “Interesting Player,” Joins Colorado Rockies - Rox Pile...
Via Roxpile
September 06, 2016

Braves rewind: Whatever happened to...Vinny Castilla?

Let's take a look at Braves from years past. The Blake Street Bombers instilled fear into the hearts of many a pitcher in the mid-'90s, running roughshod over opposing pitching staffs with impunity. One of them was Vinny Castilla, but before he was a Bomber, he was a Brave. The Braves purchased Castilla from Saltillo of the Mexican League following the 1989 season, but merited just...
Via Talking Chop
April 18, 2016

How the Diamondbacks have historically fared on Opening Day

Eighteen years have passed since Andy Benes took the hill at the newly constructed Chase Field to inaugurate the lone Arizona baseball franchise. The Diamondbacks were routed by Vinny Castilla and the Rockies by a score of 9-2 on the first day of the franchise. Since then, the Diamondbacks have become a formidable Opening Day squad; they […] How the Diamondbacks have historically...
Via Venom Strikes
April 04, 2016

Vinny Castilla one of six named to Colorado Sports Hall of Fame 2016 class

Vinny Castilla, beloved Colorado Rockies third baseman and now special assistant to the general manager, will see his great service to the Rockies organization and the state of Colorado rewarded in April as he will be inducted into the 2016 class of the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, the organization announced on Tuesday. Joining Castilla of the Colorado Rockies are Milan Hejduk...
Via Mile High Sports
October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

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