Friday Rockpile: Joe Kennedy, Bo Diaz, and Why I'm Hoping for a Slow Post-Thanksgiving News Day

Joe Kennedy - Brian Bahr, Getty Images

Needless to say, agents, players and general managers were not very active on the business front yesterday.

Generally, the day after Thanksgiving is completely devoid of baseball news, for obvious reasons. When it is not, we ought to be thankful, because no news on this day is usually good news. Five years ago, we did get some Rockies-related news. On this date in 2007, Joe Kennedy died, collapsing at his in-laws while walking out of a bedroom in the middle of the night, just hours after Thanksgiving dinner. Kennedy was to be the best man at a wedding that weekend. He had been living with serious undetected heart disease.

Kennedy is very noteworthy in Rockies' history. He was acquired in a three-team trade with the Blue Jays and Devil Rays where the Rockies gave up reliever Justin Speier in 2003. The following season, he had a 3.66 ERA in 27 starts for Colorado, easily clearing the bar to become the first Rockie with a 4.00 ERA or lower in 20+ starts. He struggled mightily the following year and was traded for Eric Byrnes and Omar Quintanilla midseason, but his mark stood as the Rockies' ERA franchise leader until Ubaldo Jimenez and Jhoulys Chacin each bested it twice.

November 23, 1990 was also the day after Thanksgiving. That day is noteworthy in baseball history from catcher Bo Diaz' freak death in Venezuela. I found no record of such an event on Friday, November 23, 2001, so at least there isn't some unpublicized voodoo trend afoot. Hopefully, there will be no such news today.

Links

The lesson of Chone Figgins - Baseball Nation - The lesson Dan O'Dowd took from Chone Figgins is to never trade a decent prospect again, but Grant Brisbee is naturally talking about a different timeframe with Figgins.

Pitcher Study: Jason Hammel | FanGraphs Baseball - Jack Moore uses Pitch F/X to analyze the former Rockie pitcher. As the Rockies search for just mediocre pitching, Moore concludes Hammel has a legitimate chance to stick as an upper-rotation starter. Just remember how strong the majority was that preferred he never pitch for the Rockies again.

Using WPA to grade bullpen management, part two - Dan Lependorf uses WPA and leverage index to grade all 30 managers on bullpen management. It was seen as a weakness of Jim Tracy's here at Purple Row, where Tracy constantly tinkered. Lependorf's calculation is far from perfect, but it should be noted that Tracy grades out as middle of the pack, while the very worst manager was....NL Manager of the Year Davey Johnson.

MLB Hot Stove 2013: Colorado Rockies report - MLB - Sporting News - This is SN's general offseason capsule. There's little here you don't know, but if you're starved for Rockies writing, there you go.

Rockies spring into action when community need arises | ColoradoRockies.com: News - These stories may generally be fluff, but it is always good to see them, especially at this time of year.

Don Baylor's work paying off in fight against cystic fibrosis | ColoradoRockies.com: News - Tracy Ringolsby writes of the personal campaign of the first Rockies manager.

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