Saturday Rockpile: Congratulations, Rangers - we know (and miss) the feeling

ARLINGTON TX - OCTOBER 22: Josh Hamilton #32 of the Texas Rangers dives on the pile as he celebrates with his teammates after the Rangers won 6-1 against the New York Yankees in Game Six of the ALCS during the 2010 MLB Playoffs at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 22 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

New York Yankees vs. Texas Rangers - Recap - October 22, 2010 - ESPN
Congratulations to the Texas Rangers, who will be going to the World Series for the first time in their history. I knew that the Rangers had a quality team that had a chance to make some noise heading into 2010, but I didn't think in a million years that they'd actually beat the likes of the Rays and Yankees on their way to the fall classic. As Keith Law tweeted, Texas did not have a single first round draft pick of its own in the lineup, but that doesn't mean they didn't use high draft choices to build an excellent team; more recently, Blake Beavan and Justin Smoak were dealt for Cliff Lee and back in 2007, they picked up Neftali Feliz and Elvis Andrus in the Mark Teixeira deal.

It seems like it was only a few years ago that the Rockies did the same thing. Too bad that window of opportunity has slammed shut. What? Oh, it WAS only a few years ago? Oh, okay. Um, you're saying our window of opportunity is still, in fact, wide open? Oh, gotcha.

BA ranks Rockies’ 2010 draft fourth best in majors | Inside the Colorado Rockies
According to Steve Foster, the Rockies placed fourth in Baseball America's 2010 draft rankings behind awesome pro debuts from guys like Chad Bettis, Joshua Slaats, Corey Dickerson, and others. You'll have to have a subscription to read it (which I don't)...the article is here.

Carlos Gonzalez, Carl Crawford lead 2010 fantasy baseball All-Pro team - Fantasy Baseball - ESPN
Not that fantasy baseball rankings matter in the big picture of things, but they're usually a pretty good indicator of how well players performed. In this case, ESPN.com's Fantasy Baseball All-Star team boasts three Rockies - no big surprise here, as it's Troy Tulowitzki (as the top "middle infielder"), Carlos Gonzalez (a top five outfielder), and Ubaldo Jimenez (a top five starting pitcher).

Report: Major League Baseball considering seven-day disabled list for concussions - ESPN
This would be a good move on the part of MLB, who needs to pay just as much attention to the topic as its football brethren. It would obviously reduce the temptation for teams trying to rush players back, as well as remove the pressure concussion victims feel to get back on the field.

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