As you guys can probably tell by now, I must have a natural bias against baseball managers, so Troy Renck's points today about Jim Tracy probably help put me a little more at ease with his coming extension, but I'm still on my guard. Once again, I don't think Tracy had nearly as much to do with the Rockies turning around and winning the wild card this season as Troy Tulowitzki, Ubaldo Jimenez, Carlos Gonzalez and the rest of the Rockies players did. That said, Tracy didn't get in the way of the talent on the team and blow the season in spite of it, a possibility that seemed very real at the beginning of the year under different leadership.
Still not much news about the Colorado Rockies (unless you count this article's lead sentence, by a writer who seemingly must have been around for Colorado's pre-Avs NHL team), so I'm going to give some bullets from the periphery that are a little more indirectly related:
- The Brothers Monfort ruminate on the season that was
- Of Taguchi, Jaramillo and Hawpe | DailyHerald.com Blogs The Cubs might have been interested in our outfielder were he to be made available
- Homeless get pizza as a result of NLDS bet - 9News.com
- An Indian Reservation As Economic Engine? : NPR
Despite the recession, the Salt River reservation near Phoenix is booming. It's partly from stimulus money, but the reservation is also drawing investors looking to make a quick return. The Pima-Maricopa Indian Community has parlayed casino revenue into a diverse and dynamic economy.
One of those parlays is the development of the Spring Training complex that the Rockies and Diamondbacks are to share starting in 2011.
Unlike, say, the Colorado Rockies or the Minnesota Twins, two other post-season participants, the Yankees engender emotion – be it positive or negative.
Ouch. No, actually, the Rockies are making a lot of ground in the engendering emotion category this year. My friend who runs the fantasy league I participated in absolutely can't stand the Rockies anymore, and actually told me he would rather have had the Dodgers win the NLCS had the two teams met. Given that he's from the Bay area and a Giants fan, I was kind of surprised he was that bitter. This writer's East Coast bias doesn't allow him to see past the Hudson, but the Rockies Revolution is forcing baseball fans out West to pick sides.
NL West notes:
- Padres select Hoyer as general manager - SignOnSanDiego.com
- MLB monitoring McCourts' fight for control of the Dodgers -- latimes.com
- World Series? For Dodgers, it's still only a dream -- latimes.com
The two Dodgers articles give a glimpse into what our division's major competition plans for the offseason, and it doesn't seem to involve a lot of free agent spending, which is great news for the Rockies. As was the case in 2009, the Dodgers rotation could use a serious upgrade that doesn't seem likely to materialize. The Rockies should continue to make gains on LA if both teams remain pretty much intact heading into 2010.