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Friday Rockpile: Peter Gammons an early proponent of Rockies' playoff chances; Troy Tulowitzki named team MVP by local BBWAA chapter

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Gammons: Time to give Rockies their due | News
I like Peter Gammons:

So now the Colorado Rockies go into 2010 as a team with a realistic chance at playing in October for the third time in four years. Set your DVR for the Mountain Time start and watch Tulowitzki, Jimenez, Stewart, Gonzalez, Young, et al. You will not be disappointed.

Denver writers honor top Rockies | News
"The Denver chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America named Troy Tulowitzki as the Rockies' top player for 2009 and Ubaldo Jimenez as top pitcher on Thursday."

Rockies put spring focus on consistency | News
This has to be the first time in years that we won't be hearing about the guys "working on the fundamentals."

Francis eyes comeback with Rockies | News
Thomas Harding answers three questions and runs down what the roster will look like.

Rockies' Gonzalez ready for spotlight | News
"The postseason stage suited Carlos Gonzalez just fine last year, when he went 10-for-17. If the Rockies outfielder keeps performing like that, stardom won't have to come looking for him."

Hammel feeling comfy at Coors | News
Harding puts it out there that Greg Smith and Tim Redding are going to challenge Jason Hammel for a rotation spot, but comes down more on the side of injury giving those two time in the rotation. Because, you know, Hammel's a pretty good pitcher.

These Ex-Prospects Face Watershed '10 -- MLB FanHouse
Biondino linked to this one in yesterday's Rockpile. Frankie Piliere writes that Carlos Gonzalez is "on the verge of stardom" and could be "one of the the elite players in the game."

Astros offer Willy T minor-league deal | Baseball | - Houston Chronicle
There you go. If Willy accepts it's possible we'll see him for a couple of games this year. But he still won't be able to steal first base.