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Saturday Rockpile: The WBC--Mostly Harmless

Hey Rockies fans, I'm Jabberwocky and I'll be your guide to the Rockies news of the day. How do I describe myself? Three Words: Hardworking, Alpha Male, Jackhammer, Merciless, Insatiable...

Look out Rockies fans! It's now under a month until pitchers and catchers report for Spring Training in Tucson. In addition, anticipation (and anxiety) for the second incarnation of the World Baseball Classic is also building.

The mantra out there among many Rockies fans (those that pay attention anyway) is that they hope the World Baseball Classic doesn't mess up Ianetta, Hawpe, or even the Italian Stallion--Jason Grilli--irrecoverably. Thomas Harding looks back at Rockies in the 2006 WBC to see how it affected them. Many people on his list I admit that I forgot played for the Rockies. In any case, the whole argument comes down to a "more reps in games" versus "more reps in practice with team/more rest" quandary. Personally, I'm all for the WBC--I think that the players benefit most from live game action against a team that is trying hard to win. From my (admittedly small) experience as a player, playing in games was the best way for me to improve my skills. For Ianetta especially the WBC should be a very positive experience.

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Harding also sat down with Chris Nelson as part of his Batting Around series. Nelson seems to be a real wildcard for the Rockies as they build toward the future. He's shown brilliance and, well, some pretty serious fail. Is he the future answer at second base for the Rockies? I certainly hope so, as Nelson has the tools to be an upgrade over the current occupants of those middle infield slots on our roster. Only time will tell, I guess.

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Jack Etkin blogged about a nice game in Venezuela for Ubaldo. Performances like these bode extremely well for the Rockies--especially the fact that he only walked one. In my opinion, he's the best pitcher that the Rockies have developed (yes, better than Cook or Francis) and will only improve. My prediction: Jimenez gains an All-Star berth this year or next, if not both years.

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As for national sportswriters, CBS's Scott Miller provides a NL Offseason Overview for each team. In these tough economic times, it seems like almost every club's objective is to cut payroll. It reminds me of this quote from my favorite baseball movie: Major League.

Board Member 1: I've never heard of half of these guys and the ones I do know are way past their prime.
Charlie Donovan: Most of these guys never had a prime.
Board Member 2: This guy here is dead.
Rachel Phelps: Cross him off then.

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Finally, Jerry Crasnick examines the Giants, commenting that they just need some offense (Manny Ramirez in particular) to challenge for the NL West crown. I never thought I'd be saying this even three months ago, but the Giants scare me. Seriously. They've got one heck of a pitching staff and with the price tag of veteran free agent fielders decreasing rapidly, they could cheaply and quickly improve their offense dramatically. Mark my words: the Giants are more of a threat to the Rockies than any other NL West team this year and over the next few--especially if they add a bat or two.

Eat. Drink. Be Merry. But the above FanPost does not necessarily reflect the attitudes, opinions, or views of Purple Row's staff (unless, of course, it's written by the staff [and even then, it still might not]).

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