Today, the Colorado Rockies will open their 2012 campaign against the Houston Astros -- and to mark the occasion, Denver City Councilwoman Judy Montero and folks from Denver Public Works painted a "Colorado Rockies Purple Stripe" (plus Rockies logos) on Blake Street between 19th and 22nd. We can ima ... More >>
Yeah, the Colorado Rockies don't have an "elite starting pitcher." They don't have a "guy who has played third base in the majors before." They don't have a "reliable fourth outfielder." You know what the Rockies do have? A bunch of old guys! Also, they have some youngins' they're relying on and two ... More >>
Update: Rockies manager Jim Tracy got his wish, assuming the five-game suspension Cleveland Indians pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez received for drilling Troy Tulowitzki on Sunday is enough for him -- and it might not be considering the vitriol he expressed towards his former ace after the game. The onetime ... More >>
Cuddyer.While other teams like the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim are spilling money on free agents like a drunk at the bar who just won the lotto, the Rockies are making un-sexy yet sound acquisitions. The latest and best came Friday when word leaked that the Rockies were cl ... More >>
Street.After your Colorado Rockies traded closer Huston Street to the San Diego Padres yesterday for a player to be named later, General Manager Dan O'Dowd made sure to tell MLB.com that the organization didn't just dump money in the deal, but created opportunities for players inside the orga ... More >>
Troy Tulowitzki.Examining the Rockies' season is a lot like an autopsy. Something has gone horribly wrong and now it's time to figure out why. At the beginning of the season the Rockies had very legitimate aspirations of winning their first National League West division title, if not more. Th ... More >>
Pomeranz.If you told Rockies fans at the beginning of the year that on September 11, Carlos Gonzalez, Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton would not be playing and the highlight of the game for a sub-.500 team would be a 6-foot-5 rookie pitcher from Mississippi, they might have punched you in the ... More >>
Pomeranz.Drew Pomeranz eats appendectomies and shits perfect innings. And now, the prize of the Ubaldo Jimenez trade is officially a major-league baseball player. Just over two weeks after having an emergency appendectomy, Pomeranz pitched three perfect innings yesterday for the Tulsa Drille ... More >>
Sky SoxJacobs.So far, the most notable moment of the Rockies season was when management traded Ubaldo Jimenez, the best pitcher in team history. And now we have another notable -- but not positive event -- with which to mark the season: Mike Jacobs, first baseman for the Rockies' Triple-A te ... More >>
Video below.Talk about a metaphor for the Rockies' season. In the background of a Bobby Valentine live shot on ESPN last night, sharp-eyed viewers saw third-base coach Rich Dauer get drilled in the face with a cross-diamond throw from Chris Nelson, reportedly breaking his nose in the process. ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.The Rockies won't know how they made out on the Ubaldo Jimenez trade until next year at the earliest. But based on Jimenez's first two starts with the Cleveland Indians, especially last night's gem, Colorado could be feeling some seller's remorse.
Ubaldo Jimenez.This weekend, Ubaldo Jimenez, the greatest pitcher in Colorado Rockies history, is expected to make his first start for the Cleveland Indians. Which got us to thinking: What pro athletes who left Colorado teams either by choice or force have been most painful for local fans to ... More >>
Jeffrey Campos.The documents have been sealed, and neither the defendant nor the alleged victim are talking, but Jeffrey Campos, the now-former head of Denver's Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, certainly hasn't done his organization any favors. Campos was arrested July 14 and charged Thursday wi ... More >>
Thanks to all the unfounded trade rumors, Jimenez has no idea what team he actually plays for.Even a reporter for a high school paper will tell you, it's kind of a basic rule of journalism: Get more than one source and don't just print anonymous rumors. It's what separates a news source from ... More >>
Big pics below.After Rockies fan Robert Seamans died after sliding on a Coors Field railing, some readers objected to us including photos of him having a great time during a previous visit to the ballpark. We argued that such shots only made him more relatable to those of us who've done preci ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.Watching Ubaldo Jimenez in the first half of last season was like nothing Rockies fans have ever experienced. The franchise has never had an elite ace the rest of the league was jealous of, and Jimenez was historically great to start last season. But everything that has happene ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.We cheered when the Colorado Rockies re-signed Tulo and Cargo to huge deals before the season; we were patient as the two stars struggled... and struggled... and struggled some more; we kept our chins up as manager Jim Tracy reshuffled the lineup more times than Dexter Fowler h ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.For the fan base, this Rockies team has to be annoying on almost all fronts. Given pre-season expectations, they are probably the most disappointing team in baseball. Their stars are obnoxiously average and injured. And the only trade of note the team is likely to make before t ... More >>
Jimenez.The current baseball climate is perfect for creating Ubaldo Jimenez trade rumors. He's far and away the best pitcher rumored to be available, he's been injured and ineffective at times this year, and the Rockies are headed toward playoff irrelevancy if their play doesn't change in a h ... More >>
Troy Tulowitzki.Major League Baseball has a very Little League-ish rule mandating that every team must have one participant in the All-Star game. You can always tell which are the bad teams, because their All Star will be batting about .270. Troy Tulowitzki and his .268 batting average were ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.If mediocrity was a woman, she would have a restraining order on the current Rockies team. The only thing notable about this team is that Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez are both battling nagging injuries. So why not look back on the good times? On the twentieth anniversar ... More >>
Troy Tulowitzki.After his career debut at Coors Field, Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander told MLB.com that early in the game, "my fastball control wasn't anywhere near where it should be" and described his breaking ball as "okay." Yet his skills were enough to toss a complete game against t ... More >>
Rockies Coca-Cola hat.With the Colorado Rockies mired in a weeks-long slump, there are fewer and fewer reasons to go the ballpark in the heat of the summer. But just because the product on the field is suffering doesn't mean the product at the gates is doing the same. We're talking about prom ... More >>
Carlos Gonzalez.Congratulations to the Colorado Rockies. Last night's excessively exasperating 7-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers assured the Rockies of baseball's worst record in May. For the month, they sit at 8-20.
Carlos Gonzalez.If the Rockies start hitting like a real Rockies team and play like so many expected them to, last night's win over the Giants will be viewed as a turning point. If the Rockies continue to roll out a lineup full of players hitting in the .200s, the victory will be an aberratio ... More >>
Carlos Gonzalez.Today's rain-out of the Rockies-Mets game means there will be only slightly less power on display than if the teams had played. The Rockies, perennially amongst league leaders in many offensive categories, have gone disturbingly limp at the plate in the early going.
Carlos Gonzalez. The Rockies came into their three game series against the San Francisco Giants with the best record in the league. And then the defending World Series Champions performed the baseball equivalent of telling the Rocks, "We don't give a shit."
Troy Tulowitzki.Just to provide a little perspective on the Rockies having the best record in baseball: Their opponents are a combined 25-36 this year. But they've set a 12-3 mark without any meaningful contribution from ace Ubaldo Jimenez and even less from veteran pitcher Aaron Cook. Fresh ... More >>
Tulo's nightmare.Troy Tulowitzki isn't known for his Aprils. Or rather, he is known for his Aprils. He's known for sucking in them. Over the past few years, the Colorado Rockies' $134 million Gold Glove-winning All-Star shortstop has looked like a Little Leaguer through the first month of th ... More >>
Ubaldo JimenezAt this time last year, Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez was mowing down batters at a historical pace. Simply pitching with a healthy hand is now Jimenez's goal. The Rockies placed Jimenez on the fifteen-day disabled list today, in order to give the cut cuticle on his right thumb time ... More >>
Ubaldo JimenezOn Friday, the Rockies lost a nail-biter and left the game worried about their starting pitcher's thumb cuticle. On Saturday, the Rockies won a nail-biter and left the game worried about their starting pitcher's blister. And while both games against the Arizona Diamondbacks were ... More >>
Troy Tulowitzki.The Rockies are the best team in baseball. As of this writing they're a half game ahead of the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants. We're not sure what all the talk of grapefruit and cactus is about or why the good players keep leaving after half a game, but ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.These three Denver blog posts are guaranteed fresh. Purple Row's Andrew T. Fisher writes the postmortem on the loss that officially buried the Rockies' 2010 season. It's a dirty job, but somebody had to do it. Face the State's Jared Jacang Maher tallies up legislators' travel ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.Want three Denver blog posts? Got 'em for you. Purple Row's Russ Oates has the sad task of recapping the Rockies' second loss to the Diamondbacks in a row. Eeesh. Colorado Pols notes that Ken Buck was MSNBC personality Keith Olbermann's second worst person in the world the ot ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.Ubaldo Jimenez held the American League scoreless during the two innings he spent on the mound at last night's All-Star game, contributing to the National League's first win since the outcome established home-field advantage in the World Series. Still, Jimenez was far from fla ... More >>
"Thanks, guys."A Denver blogs three-peat. Purple Row's Bryan Kilpatrick notes that Ubaldo Jimenez was perfect through three innings (just like his last start) before fading (just like his last start) and then being saved by Rockies bats (just like his last start). Square State's Bill Egnor ... More >>
He's feeling good here.A Denver blogs three-pack. Inside the Rockies' Tracy Ringolsby tweets that super-pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez is battling the flu but is still expected to start tonight against the Red Sox. New strategy: infection. 5280's Michael de Yoanna notes that gubernatorial candidate ... More >>
"I'm strapping it on, boys."Here's three tasty Denver blog samples. On Mile High Report, NavyBSU_fan comments on a report that Tim Tebow is third on the Broncos' QB depth chart, having passed Tom Brandstater. "In other news," he writes, "dog bites man." Ouch! 5280's Michael de Yoanna notes ... More >>
U tha man, Ubaldo.There are a lot of blogs in Denver. Here are links to three posts worth perusing. 5280's A.J. Vicens takes notice of the national spotlight lighting up Ubaldo Jimenez, who just won his sixth start in a row last night. He may not be carrying the team singlehandedly at this p ... More >>
Jim Tracy: One big reason for optimism.On April 6 of last year -- opening day for the Colorado Rockies -- I fearlessly predicted that the team would end the 2009 campaign with a meager 72 victories. Early on, I looked like Nostradamus. But on May 29, after a dismal start, the team belatedly ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez.In an August 24 blog, I noted that commentators had been hyping the Colorado Rockies' homestand against the San Francisco Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers as the most important in team history. I questioned that hyperbole at the time, and given that this particular stretch sp ... More >>
Tulo.Local sports yakkers have been hyping the Colorado Rockies' current homestand as the most important in the history of the franchise, which strikes me as an example of enthusiasm trumping short-term memory. Seems to me there were some pretty key series at Coors Field during the run-up to ... More >>
Ubaldo Jimenez. Numbers and stats are absolutely central to baseball, adding immeasurably to the fun of the game. That's why DriveLine Mechanics' ultra-wonky breakdown of Colorado Rockies pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez's approach is fascinating rather than bizarre. Jimenez, the probable starter tonight ag ... More >>
Back on June 12, I wrote that I wouldn't be able to look at the Colorado Rockies' glass as half full until they reached the .500 mark. To the delight of Rockies' fans everywhere, that happened yesterday, thanks to a 4-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. This outcome was doubly important, because it ... More >>
What do you get when you cross(dress) the Colorado Rockies in the latest creations of Denver fashion designers? A series of baseball cards for the Colorado Frockies: the boys of summer dresses. #38 Ubaldo Jimenez as dressed by Brandi Shigley...
A What's So Funny special report from spring training in Tucson.