Little League Home Runs in MLB History, Part II

This article was originally developed as an oral presentation given by the author to the Society for American Baseball Research at their SABR 45 Convention in Chicago on June 27, 2015. The presentation, which featured the innovative use of video, audio and transitional animation embedded within a PowerPoint deck, was awarded the annual Doug Pappas Research Award as the best of the...
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August 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies drop second straight in San Diego

  Well, if there was any momentum that the Colorado Rockies may have built, it was officially crushed by the All-Star break. The Rockies lost for the second straight night to the San Diego Padres 5-4. It was another up-and-down game in which the Rockies were down early, got back into it, then watched as the bullpen gave up a gut-wrenching home run to lead the Rockies down the losing...
Via BSN Denver
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies begin second half with questions

Despite a disappointing first half of the season, the Colorado Rockies did end on a high note, notching the first ever franchise sweep over the Atlanta Braves. The Rockies now head into the latter part of the season hoping for some sort of momentum, still 8.5 games outside a Wild Card spot. We here at MHS put together a list of the five questions the Rockies need to turn their attention...
Via Mile High Sports
July 17, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Rockies assist grounds crew in taming wind-blown tarp

For the second time this week, a grounds crew at an MLB ballpark faced the wrath of Mother Nature as they attempted to drag a tarp over the infield during inclement weather. First, it was the crew at PNC Park who couldn’t tame a wind-blown tarp during a rainstorm. On Thursday night, it was the...Read More The post Rockies assist Coors Field grounds crew in taming wind-blown tarp...
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July 10, 2015  |  Discuss

It keeps getting worse for the Colorado Rockies

  The only thing worse than watching the Colorado Rockies lose for their fans is having to stay up past midnight to watch them lose. On Wednesday night against the Angels, the Rockies had plenty of chances to win, but they couldn’t put things together, losing 3-2 when Los Angeles squeaked a run across the plate in the top of the 9th inning. The Rockies offense couldn’t muster...
Via BSN Denver
July 09, 2015  |  Discuss

How Arizona Diamondbacks Cliff Pennington Turned a Bunt into a Triple

Not too long ago the New York Yankees helped Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa get an inside-the--park home run (officially ruled a double) by misplaying a routine pop fly in the outfield. As it turns out, the Yankees are not the only generous ones. Saturday Arizona D-Backs short stop Cliff Pennington got a little help turning a routine bunt in to a two-RBI triple.It looks like...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies win first interleague game, lose Axford

The Colorado Rockies picked up their first interleague win in 2015 Tuesday night and ended a near-record-setting streak of 14 consecutive interleague losses with a 2-1 victory in Oakland. Jorge de la Rosa pitched seven innings of four-hit scoreless baseball en route to his fifth victory on the year. Colorado is 7-1 in his last 8 starts. Highlights of de la Rosa’s night are provided...
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July 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies would be well served to learn some lessons in San Francisco

  It must be nice to be a fan of the San Francisco Giants. Those who watch the Colorado Rockies can only be jealous. Saturday afternoon at AT&T Park was the latest example of who the Giants are, from top-to-bottom of their entire organization. The Rockies, up three runs early, were never able to get comfortable, and were never able to bury the Giants for a simple reason. The...
Via BSN Denver
June 27, 2015  |  Discuss

The longest home runs for the week ending June 11th

Last week, Joc Pederson began to full level with Giancarlo Stanton on our year-long totals. Apparently, that wasn’t cool with Giancarlo, because he took back his crown with a vengeance this week. 1. Giancarlo Stanton vs Eddie Butler, 484 feet (June 5th) Coors Field + Giancarlo Stanton = PAIN. 2. Wilin Rosario vs David Phelps, 457 feet (June 6th) Wilin Rosario hasn’t received...
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June 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies doomed by bad decisions in loss to Marlins

  As good as Saturday was, Sunday was really bad for the Colorado Rockies. The team was plagued by bad decisions in their Sunday loss to the Marlins, in which the Rockies dropped the game and the series after a 10th inning solo home run gave the Marlins a 3-2 decision. With the game tied 2-2, the Rockies had a great chance to take a lead in the 7th inning. Carlos Gonzalez had already...
Via BSN Denver
June 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Rosario homers twice in Rockies 10-5 win over Marlins

DENVER (AP) Wilin Rosario homered twice and Carlos Gonzalez hit a three-run shot to back the solid pitching of Chris Rusin, and the Colorado Rockies shrugged off another rain delay at Coors Field to beat the Miami Marlins 10-5 Saturday. Thunder showers delayed the game's start for 71 minutes, the 13th time this season a game in Denver has been postponed or delayed by weather. Colorado...
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June 06, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies' Paulsen making case for first base in Morneau's absence

With Justin Morneau on the disabled list due to the lingering effects of prior concussions, the Rockies have been splitting playing time at first base between former catcher Wilin Rosario and rookie Ben Paulsen. Rosario has started at first base 14 times since May 14, and Paulsen has played at least parts of 12 games at first since being called up from Triple A on May 19. Manager...
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June 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Walt Weiss compliments Wilin Rosario's at-bats

Since being recalled from Triple A, Wilin Rosario has been hitting like he doesn’t want to get sent back down. He’s hitting .293 with five multi-hit games since May 10. MLB.com quotes manager Walt Weiss on Rosario:"I've seen him lay off some tough breaking balls, and I think he's made an adjustment there," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said on Wednesday. "It's a dangerous bat. Any...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Baseball Profcast: Our 200th Episode (video)

Submit a question to be answered on the show! Note: In our attempt to bring something unique to our readers/listeners we hosted a live Google Hangout last night, but unfortunately there was a bad connection and the video was not recorded well. We still wanted to post something, but we apologize for the inconvenience! In Episode 200, the Profcast Kings themselves Adam Nodiff ...
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May 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Tuesday, May 19

Yesterday I recommended Arizona’s Rubby De La Rosa on the road against the Marlins, plus a smattering of batters from the MIL@DET game and a couple Rockies, Wilin Rosario and Nolan Arenado. As lineup lock time approached, I pulled Arenado for Aramis Ramirez, making the switch for two reasons. First, Ramirez was $300 cheaper and I wanted to improve a hidden lineup slot. Second,...
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May 19, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: The Fielding Chronicles — Catchers

View image | gettyimages.com Why should I bother reading this? Most fantasy baseball fans would bypass this article the first time they see the word “fielding” in the headline. Why should I care about fielding as a fantasy baseball player? That’s an excellent question and it deserves a serious answer. If you are giving me a couple of paragraphs of your time I’ll try...
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May 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies option LHP Matzek, recall C-1B Rosario

DENVER, Colo. (AP) The Colorado Rockies have optioned left-hander Tyler Matzek to Triple-A Albuquerque, and recalled catcher-first baseman Wilin Rosario. Matzek has struggled with his control early in the season, particularly in his last start against Arizona on Wednesday, when he pitched two innings and gave up four runs, three hits and six walks. Manager Walt Weiss said the Rockies...
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May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Arenado, Dickerson return, Rosario optioned to Triple-A

Corey Dickerson and Nolan Arenado returned to the Colorado Rockies’ lineup for Wednesday night’s matchup with the San Diego Padres at Coors Field. After losing the first two games of the series, the Rockies were able to rally for the win with a fully healthy lineup for the first time in the series. Luckily for the Rockies, the potentially nagging injuries to their emerging, young...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Rockies' Rosario optioned to Triple-A

To make room for John Axford -- who is coming off the restricted list -- the Rockies sent their former catcher and current backup first baseman, Wilin Rosario, to Triple-A Albuquerque. Rosario wasn’t happy. Nick Groke of the Denver Post quotes him:"I don't feel good," Rosario said. "I'd be lying to you if I said that. I need to be here. I'm playing at a big-league level.”It...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Yasmani Grandal Catches for Clayton Kershaw’s Second Start of the Season

Yasmani Grandal tags out Wilin Rosario at home plate off a throw from Andre Ethier in right field. (Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea/USA Today Sports) Yasmani Grandal was not anticipating many starts behind the plate this season with reigning National League MVP pitcher Clayton Kershaw on the mound. But that’s where he found himself for game number 10 of the 2015 season, as...
Via The Sports Journal
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Rosario’s bomb caps off season-opening sweep

With an extra-innings win on Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies completed a stunning three-game, road sweep of the Milwaukee Brewers to get their 2015 season started off on the right foot. The Rockies hadn’t previously won a road series since June of 2014. Wilin Rosario – who was displaced by the offseason acquisition of catcher Nick Hundley – provided the heroics with...
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April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Rosario's pinch homer lifts Colorado over Milwaukee in 10

MILWAUKEE (AP) Pinch-hitter Wilin Rosario homered in the 10th inning after being scratched from the starting lineup, leading the Colorado Rockies to a 5-4 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Wednesday night. Rosario initially was in the Rockies batting order in place of Justin Morneau, who was hit in the neck by a ball while running the bases on Tuesday night. Morneau took batting...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Last minute trade options for baseball season

MLB teams are wrapping up the interminable Spring Training schedules this week in which they’ve spent copious amounts of times evaluating their rosters. Despite that, some teams are going to realize that there rosters have some big ol’ holes in them. With Opening Day just around the corner, it is time for some teams to consider some last minute trade options. Who’s...
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April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 season preview: Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies knew changes were needed after their fourth straight losing season, one that saw them drop 96 games and barely avoid a third straight last place finish in the NL West. But rather than trading the high salaries of Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez and rebuilding, the Rockies instead dumped GM Dan O’Dowd and replaced him with Jeff Bridich in hopes that a change...
Via The Outside Corner
March 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies beat Wilin Rosario in arbitration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) Colorado defeated catcher Wilin Rosario in salary arbitration Wednesday, and Pittsburgh's Pedro Alvarez and Arizona's Mark Trumbo went to hearings. Rosario was given a $2.8 million salary instead of his $3.3 million request. Elizabeth Neumeier, Phillip LaPorte and James Oldham heard arguments Tuesday. Rosario, who turns 26 on Feb. 23, hit .267 with 13 homers...
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February 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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