• Rockies’ Cuddyer wins NL batting title

    Mon, September 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    From the AP …

    Michael Cuddyer ended a losing season with the Colorado Rockies in a personally satisfying way.

    The right fielder won the NL batting title on Sunday, when the Rockies closed out their season with a 2-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. Colorado finished last in the NL West with a 74-88 record.

    Cuddyer went 1 for 5 with three strikeouts and finished with a .331 batting average to win the batting title by 10 points over Atlanta’s Chris Johnson, who was held out Sunday to rest his right shoulder.

    “It was nothing that I ever expected and I really can’t wrap my head around it yet,” Cuddyer said. “It just goes to show that no matter what time you’re at in your career, something like this can happen if you continue to work hard.”

    The 34-year-old outfielder had never hit better than .285 before this season.

    Cuddyer became the sixth Rockies player to lead the NL in batting, joining Andres Galarraga, Larry Walker, newly retired Todd Helton, Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez. Cuddyer had 20 home runs, 31 doubles and 84 RBI this season.

  • Dante Bichette quits Rockies hitting coach job

    Tue, September 24, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado Rockies hitting coach Dante Bichette announced today that he will not return for the 2014 season after one season in the role.

    Bichette, 49, returned to the Rockies organization for the 2013 season, where he was a four-time All-Star (1994-96, 1998) and the runner-up for the 1995 National League Most Valuable Player Award. The Rockies currently lead the National League in batting average (.271), hits (1470), slugging percentage (.420) and OPS (on-base + slugging, .744), are tied for second in runs (690) and RBI (657), second in triples (37) and fourth in home runs (155).

    Bichette played seven of his 14 Major League seasons with the Rockies (1993-99) and was a member of the Rockies Inaugural roster in 1993. The West Palm Beach, Florida native batted .299 (1906-for-6381) with 401 doubles, 27 triples, 274 home runs, 1,141 RBI and 152 stolen bases in 1,704 career Major League games with California (1988-1990), Milwaukee (1991-92), Colorado, Cincinnati (2000) and Boston (2000-01). Bichette retired from baseball following the 2001 season. This was Bichette’s first career Major League coaching position.

  • So much for the two Charlies’ growing pains

    Tue, September 24, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoCharlie Blackmon’s torrid week at the plate earned the Rockies outfielder National League Player of the Week honors, MLB.com reported on Monday.

    Blackmon received his first career weekly honor after leading the majors in hits (18) and total bases (26) last week. He hit a Major League-high tying .500 (18-for-36) with five doubles and five RBIs.

    The 27-year-old also doubled in five straight games, tying a franchise record last accomplished in 2004 by Todd Helton.

    Rockies left fielder Charlie Culberson also was a finalist for the award after hitting .478 with a .520 on-base percentage and five runs scored.

    Such development definitely points to outfielder Michael Cuddyer moving to first base next season to replace the retiring Todd Helton. That will allow prospects like Ben Paulsen to develop further in Colorado Springs.

  • Baseball America honors outfielder Corey Dickerson

    Thu, September 12, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    dickerson mugThe 2013 Minor League All-Star Team, as selected by Baseball America staff, lists Colorado Rockies/Sky Sox standout Corey Dickerson as a second team outfielder. His success with the Rockies has the organization considering him as a full-time player next season.

    The only Pacific Coast League players to make the first team were pitcher Rafael Montero of Las Vegas (Mets) and outfielder George Springer of Oklahoma City (Astros).

    The list includes all levels in minor league baseball.

  • Colorado Rockies announce 2014 schedule

    Tue, September 10, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced their full 162-game schedule for the 2014 Major League Baseball season.

    The Rockies 2014 campaign begins with a four-game road series at Miami, March 31-April 3, before the club hosts a six-game homestand at Coors Field, beginning with the club’s home-opener on Friday, April 4th vs. Arizona (2:10 p.m. MDT). The Rockies opening homestand is a six-game slate that also features the club’s first Interleague Series of the season, a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox, April 7-9.

    The Rockies will play the standard 19 games against each of their four National League West division rivals along with an interleague schedule featuring all five American League Central teams, as well as the Texas Rangers from the AL West.

    The annual fireworks shows are scheduled for July 3 and 4, after games vs. Dodgers, and September 19, after the game vs. Arizona. The always entertaining Rockies-Cubs series at Coors Field will be played August 5-7, while the Rockies visit Chicago one week earlier for a four-game series at Wrigley Field, July 28-31. Additional series of note include a four-game series against the New York Mets at Coors Field, May 1-4, a four-game home series vs. Atlanta, June 9-12, and a three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals, June 23-25, at Coors Field.

    Here is a link to the schedule at rockies.com.

  • Rockies activate Oswalt, Pomeranz off disabled list

    Fri, September 6, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced that the club has activated right-handed pitcher Roy Oswalt (left hamstring strain) and left-handed pitcher Drew Pomeranz (left bicep tendonitis) from the 15-day disabled list.

    Both players with be available for tonight’s Rockies at Padres game at PETCO Park (8:10 p.m. MDT).

    Oswalt, 36, made one rehab appearance at Rookie-Level Grand Junction on September 3rd, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings vs. Ogden.

    The veteran has made four starts in the Majors for the Rockies this season, going 0-4 with a 7.64 ERA (17.2 ip, 15 er). A three-time All-Star, Oswalt is 163-100 with a 3.32 ERA (2230.2 ip, 822 er) in 360 career games/339 career starts with Houston (2001-2010), Philadelphia (2010-11), Texas (2012) and Colorado (2013).

    Pomeranz, 24, has made four starts over two stints with the Rockies after beginning the year at Triple-A Colorado Springs. Pomeranz is 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA (16.2 ip, 15 er) in his four starts in the Majors this season. The left-hander went 8-1 with a 4.20 ERA (85.2 ip, 40 er) with 33 walks and 96 strikeouts over 15 starts at Triple-A this season.

    The Ole Miss product has made 30 career Major League starts, all with Colorado, and has gone 4-14 with a 5.40 ERA (131.2 ip, 79 er), 69 walks and 109 strikeouts.

    The Rockies have 38 on the 40-man roster.

  • Boggs, Corpas, McHugh, R. Wheeler called up by Rockies; CarGo returns from injury

    Tue, September 3, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    t551_main_logoThe Colorado Rockies announced they recalled right-handed pitchers Mitchell Boggs, Manuel Corpas and Collin McHugh, along with infielder/outfielder Ryan Wheeler from Triple-A Colorado Springs. In addition, the club has activated outfielder Carlos Gonzalez from the 15-day disabled list.

    All five will be available for tonight’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers (6:40 p.m. MDT) at Coors Field.

    Boggs, 29, will be making his second stint with Colorado this season after being acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on July 9. In his first stint on the Rockies active roster, he made two relief appearances without allowing a run over 1.2 innings. 

    Corpas, 31, pitched in 19 games for Colorado during his first stint after beginning the year in Colorado Springs. In those 19 games, he went 1-2 with a 4.50 ERA (32.0 ip, 16 er), allowed 29 hits, walked 12 and struck out 22. The Panama City native has spent the majority of his career with Colorado (2006-2011, 2013) and is 13-20 with 34 saves and a 4.12 ERA (364.2 ip, 167 er) over 347 career Major League games, all in relief.

    McHugh, 26, is making his second stint with Colorado and third this year in the majors. The Berry College product was acquired from the New York Mets on June 18 for outfielder Eric Young Jr. and has gone 0-2 with a 10.50 ERA (12.0 ip, 14 er) in four games, two starts, for the Mets and Rockies. In 12 career Major League games, he’s made six starts and has gone 0-6 with an 8.64 ERA (33.1 ip, 32 er).

    Wheeler, 25, has already made two stints on the Rockies active roster this year batting .211 (4-for-19) with 2 doubles, 2 RBI and a run.

    Gonzalez, 27, played in 103 games for the Rockies this year hitting .302 (118-for-391) with 23 doubles, 6 triples, 26 home runs, 70 RBI and 72 runs along with 21 stolen bases before being placed on the disabled list.

     The Rockies have 39 on the 40-man roster.