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Monday Rockpile: Seven years gone by, do the Rockies have that itch? Do the fans?

You know that itch, right? The one that happens after seven years of a long-term relationship You know, when you feel that you might be missing out on something better. Wait, you say that you've had that itch for years now? Oh, well, never mind.

But indulge me for a moment. If you haven't caught on by now, the seven year itch (if you have it) concerns Clint Hurdle. Yesterday marked Hurdle's seventh year as the Rockies manager. As Tracy Ringolsby writes, the event went largely unnoticed yesterday. But seven years is a long time to be the manager for one team in this era of baseball. In the NL West, Bob Melvin's managed the D'Backs since 2005, Bruce Bochy's been with the Giants since 2007, Bud Black with the Padres since 2007, and Joe Torre started with the Dodgers in 2008. And Hurdle's the fourth-longest tenured manager in baseball behind Bobby Cox (Atlanta, 1990), Tony La Russa (Cards, 1996), and Mike Scioscia (Angels, 2000). And not nearly as successful as any of them.

So, while many fans have long itched for a new manager, will the organization develop that itch and scratch it with a new manager? A few more stretches like the last 10-12 games might just do it. Of course, it is possible that if a new manager does take over this season, the move may only provide temporary relief.

All I really want is to watch the Rockies play some baseball, no matter who is at the helm.

Patrick Saunders writes that it was just a matter of time until the Rockies' bats woke up and started to hit again, which happened yesterday. Saunders also informs us about a guy from across the pond who has done some traveling in the world of baseball.

Jason Hammel is ready to show what he can do as a starter:

"I'll do whatever they want me to do. Obviously, I came up as a starter. I've done it all. I'm happy to get that opportunity again. I've worked really hard to get back there. We'll see what happens."

Just don't make this start like the last one. We don't need to see our starter fail to finish three innings while allowing three runs and walking four batters. But we wouldn't mind if San Diego's Chris Young put up that line tonight.