• Interesting facts about Rockies and Gold Gloves

    Wed, October 30, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado and outfielder Carlos Gonzalez received Gold Glove Awards on Tuesday.

    Here are some interesting notes provided by the Rockies:

    • 2013 represents the fourth time that multiple Rockies have been awarded a Gold Glove in the same season. In 2001 and 2002 Todd Helton (1B) and Larry Walker (OF), and in 2010 Carlos Gonzalez (OF) and Troy Tulowitzki (SS)..
    • Arenado is the first Rockies rookie to win a Gold Glove.
    • Arenado is the 10th Rookie, and second rookie third baseman, in Major League history to be awarded a Rawlings Gold Glove since the award’s inception in 1957.
  • New El Paso franchise is the Chihuahuas

    Wed, October 23, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    elpaso_480x380_flzfuiwy_5djcbtrgFrom Muckdogs to RockHounds, RiverDogs to Sea Dogs, minor league baseball is home to a wide variety of canine nicknames. But in 2014, a brand new breed will appear on the scene: Chihuahuas.

    El Paso’s new Pacific Coast League franchise announced Tuesday that, yes, they will be known as “The Chihuahuas” in 2014 and beyond. The smallest of the world’s dog breeds was chosen over four other finalists in a “Name The Team” contest that garnered over 5,000 submissions, triumphing over Aardvarks, Buckaroos, Desert Gators and Sun Dogs.

    The Chihuahuas, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will compete in a downtown stadium currently under construction. The team is moving to El Paso after three seasons in Tucson, where they were simply known as the Padres, marking affiliated baseball’s first appearance in the city since the Double-A Diablos departed following the 2004 campaign.

    El Paso general manager Brad Taylor said Chihuahuas was chosen as the team name because they “represent fun and are fiercely loyal.” The region’s fans were able to submit names through the team’s website. The list was narrowed based on creativity, marketability, fun, relevance to El Paso’s unique character and the ability to trademark the name.

    elpaso_logos_ic3b8yut_0ve6vdfm“El Pasoans played a significant role in identifying our new team name — they attended focus groups, suggested several hundred different names, and voted in record numbers for all the names,” said Alan Ledford, president of MountainStar Sports Group.

    “Through the entire [branding] process, our focus was on fun and on finding something that could appeal to kids,” added Taylor. “You have to believe in the brand, and stand by it, because the brand isn’t just something that people hear — it’s something they see.”

    And what people will see is a variety of “Chihuahua” imagery, with the primary logo featuring the team name emblazoned in front of the snarling titular canine. The road cap features a stylized upwards-tilting “EP” upon a red background, while a more whimsical alternate logo depicts a Chihuahua swinging a bone as though it was a baseball bat.

  • Rockies shuffle field, player development staff

    Thu, October 17, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced today that Major League catching coach Jerry Weinstein was reassigned to an undetermined role on the organization’s player development staff. Rene Lachemann will assume Weinstein’s duties in handling the catchers and defensive positioning for the Major League club.

    “Jerry is a teacher at heart and his return to player development will allow him to impact our organization in more ways,” said Rockies Executive Vice President, Chief Baseball Officer and General Manager Dan O’Dowd.

    Weinstein, 69, spent the past two seasons on the Major League staff as the Rockies catching coach. He also took on the duties of defensive positioning for the 2013 season. Weinstein joined the organization in 2007 as the Manager of the Rockies High-A affiliate, the Modesto Nuts of the California League. Weinstein previously worked in the Los Angeles Dodgers player development department from 1999-2001 and has over 40 years of coaching experience at the collegiate level as well. 

    Lachemann, 68, joined the Rockies Major League field staff in 2013 as the club’s first base coach. Lachemann has been a coach or manager in professional baseball for over 45 years, including as a manager for all or parts of nine Major League seasons. Lachemann has managed Seattle (1981-83), Milwaukee (1984), Florida (1993-96) and the Chicago Cubs (2002). He joined the Rockies organization in 2008 as the hitting coach at Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he spent five seasons (2008-12). The native of Los Angeles attended the University of Southern California and was a catcher for parts of three Major League seasons with Kansas City (1965-66) and Oakland (1968).

    The remainder of the field staff for the 2014 season will be announced at a later date.

     

  • Rockies sign manager Walt Weiss to 3-year deal

    Tue, October 15, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoThe Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has agreed to a three-year contract with Manager Walt Weiss. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, per club policy. 

    “I am very excited and grateful to have the opportunity to lead this club as we work toward building a championship level team,” said Weiss.

    Weiss, 49, led the Rockies to a 74-88 record in his first season as the club’s Manager in 2013. The Rockies 74-88 mark was a 10-game improvement over their 2012 record (64-98). Weiss returned to the Rockies organization in 2013, a place where he played four seasons (1994-97) during his 14-year Major League career and where he spent seven seasons from 2002-2008 as a Special Assistant to the General Manager.

    In addition to his time in Colorado, the former All-Star shortstop spent his time in the Major Leagues with Oakland (1987-1992), Florida (1993) and Atlanta (1998-2000). In those 14 seasons he compiled a batting average of .258 (1207-for-4686) with 182 doubles, 31 triples, 25 home runs, 386 RBI, 96 stolen bases, 658 walks and 658 strikeouts in 1,495 games.

    The Tuxedo, NY native was a member of four World Series teams, including the 1989 World Champion Oakland Athletics. Weiss was named the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year after hitting .250 (113-for-452) with 17 doubles, 3 triples, 3 home runs and 39 RBI in 147 games, all at shortstop, for the American League Champion Oakland Athletics. The switch-hitter made his lone All-Star Game appearance as an Atlanta Brave in the 1998 game played at Coors Field. In the field, Weiss posted a career .970 fielding percentage in 1,462 games, including turning 854 doubles plays and logging 11,932.1 innings, all at shortstop.

    Weiss is the sixth manager in Rockies franchise history, having been preceded by Don Baylor (1993-1998), Jim Leyland (1999), Buddy Bell (2000-2002), Clint Hurdle (2002-09) and Jim Tracy (2009-12).

  • Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer nominated for Hank Aaron Award

    Mon, October 7, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    rockies logoMajor League Baseball and MLB Advanced Media announced that Michael Cuddyer was named the Colorado Rockies nominee for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award.

    Fans can vote exclusively online at MLB.com  and the 30 club sites. For the fourth straight year, a special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron will join fans in voting for the award, which is officially sanctioned by Major League Baseball and has recognized the most outstanding offensive performer in each League since it was established in 1999.

    Cuddyer, 34, won his first career batting title by leading the National League with a .331 mark in what was his second season in Colorado. Cuddyer was named to his second career All-Star team in 2013 (also 2011 with Minnesota), and finished the season with a batting line of: .331 average, 162 hits, 31 doubles, 3 triples, 20 home runs, 84 RBI, 74 runs, .389 on-base percentage, .530 slugging percentage. The Norfolk, VA native set career-highs batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS (.919) this season. The 2013 season marked Cuddyer’s fifth career season with at least 30 doubles, and his fourth career season with at least 20 home runs and at least 80 RBI.

    The Hall of Fame panel led by Aaron includes some of the greatest offensive players of all-time –Roberto Alomar, Johnny Bench, Tony Gwynn, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray and Robin Yount.  These Hall of Famers – who combined for 17,629 hits, 8,278 RBI and 1,723 home runs – have all been personally selected by Hank Aaron to lend their expertise to select the best offensive performer in each League. 

    Through October 10, fans will have the opportunity to select one American League and one National League winner from a list comprising of one finalist per Club. The winners of the 2013 Hank Aaron Award will be announced during the 2013 World Series.

         The finalists for the 2013 Hank Aaron Award are:

    American League

    National League

    Baltimore Orioles

    Chris Davis

    Arizona Diamondbacks

    Paul Goldschmidt

    Boston Red Sox

    David Ortiz

    Atlanta Braves

    Freddie Freeman

    Chicago White Sox

    Alexei Ramirez

    Chicago Cubs

    Nate Schierholtz

    Cleveland Indians

    Jason Kipnis

    Cincinnati Reds

    Jay Bruce

    Detroit Tigers

    Miguel Cabrera

    Colorado Rockies

    Michael Cuddyer

    Houston Astros

    Jason Castro

    Los Angeles Dodgers

    Hanley Ramirez

    Kansas City Royals

    Eric Hosmer

    Miami Marlins

    Giancarlo Stanton

    LA Angels of Anaheim

    Mike Trout

    Milwaukee Brewers

    Carlos Gomez

    Minnesota Twins

    Joe Mauer

    New York Mets

    David Wright

    New York Yankees

    Robinson Cano

    Philadelphia Phillies

    Domonic Brown

    Oakland Athletics

    Josh Donaldson

    Pittsburgh Pirates

    Andrew McCutchen

    Seattle Mariners

    Kendrys Morales

    St. Louis Cardinals

    Matt Carpenter

    Tampa Bay Rays

    Evan Longoria

    San Diego Padres

    Will Venable

    Texas Rangers

    Adrian Beltre

    San Francisco Giants

    Hunter Pence

    Toronto Blue Jays

    Edwin Encarnacion

    Washington Nationals

    Jayson Werth

          The Hank Aaron Award was introduced in 1999 to honor the 25th Anniversary of Aaron breaking Babe Ruth’s all-time home run record, and, at that time, was the first major award introduced by Major League Baseball in more than 25 years. 

  • Pine Creek’s Ryan Warner enjoys strong second professional season

    Tue, October 1, 2013 by Joe Paisley with no comments

    Ryan Warner picPine Creek High School graduate Ryan Warner closed out his second season of professional baseball strong, judging from his statistics this season.

    The 6-foot-7, 195-pounder moved up from the Grand Junction Rockies of the short-season Class A Pioneer League to the Class A Tri-City Devils of the Northwest League, a step upward in the Colorado Rockies organization.

    After going 3-0 in 14 games (10 starts, 7.00 ERA) for Grand Junction last year, he spent the 2013 season with the Devils in Pasco, Wash., where he went 3-4 with a 3.36 ERA in 15 games.

    He rebounded from a bad outing against Spokane when he lasted only three innings to record two no-decisions to conclude the season. He pitched well enough to win, allowing only five hits and four walks in a combined 12 innings.  With Tri-City this season, he held opposing batters to a .239 average and recorded 23 walks to 46 strikeouts.