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Sunday Rockpile: Wait, what do you mean that there's no pension in baseball blogging?

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So, uh, I've got an announcement to make, but first let's talk about Jon Garland and the Rockies rotation.

This horse has run its course
This horse has run its course
Rob Carr

Jhoulys Chacin returned to the mound from having back spasms, while Jorge De La Rosa was scratched due to forearm tightness. If it's not one thing with the rotation, it could be another in any given week, which is why signing Jon Garland makes some sense at this point for the team. Drew Pomeranz will continue to get chances to break into and keep a spot in the starting five even if he's not there to start the season, but in the meantime depth building's probably a more crucial need for the team.

Oh, and there's more on the rotation. 20 years (give or take a couple) of non-success in the development of drafted starters, for instance. A breakdown of the projected 2013 starting five, and an overview of the rest of the NL West's rotations in case you were curious about how we stack up (the short answer will suffice if you want to save yourself some time.)

But as I want to go out on a positive note (more on that in just a minute,) I will leave you with one observation: good starting pitching can develop suddenly and often from unexpected places. It requires one aspect several Rockies starters lack right now, consistent strike throwing, but once that's in place surprisingly good things happen. The list of 2012 pitching WAR leaders in the N.L. for instance, includes just a couple starters that were consistently thought top of the rotation worthy while developing or prior to being drafted, Clayton Kershaw and Cole Hamels (in fairness, the AL top ten includes at least seven consistently considered TOR starters) with everybody else on the NL list developing into the pitchers that they became, sometimes over many years (okay, so R.A. Dickey's knuckleball might not be the best comparison, but Kyle Lohse?)

I still see a good chance for similarly positive developments from several Rockies starters. Chacin, Pomeranz, and Juan Nicasio could all be solid assets to the MLB rotation and Tyler Chatwood is a major breakout season waiting to happen. Even a veteran like Jorge De La Rosa who is in line for a bounce back campaign will become a more effective weapon with added MLB experience and more strikes thrown.

Anyway, back to that other thing. Today's my last Rockpile. I try to keep my sentimentality limited mostly to my cats. And pictures of other people's cats. And sometimes other pictures of fuzzy animals. And babies. And that saved napkin from that one night 10 years ago, and my childhood home or anything connected to it, and well, okay, so I'm not really that good at keeping my sentimentality limited, but I want to try to keep it limited in this Rockpile, my last Rockpile, on the blog I started over seven years ago..,

Oh screw it. I can't really write this. I was thinking of some big grand retrospective, but that's not really my style. My style is more hastily written, and often late posts that have problems with comma splices, sentence fragments, typos and homophone errors. So I'll stick to what works. Also weird segues that don't really fit. At any rate, my time for writing blog posts about the Rockies has become severely crimped by the administrative work of starting a small opera company. I don't have enough hours in the week or day to research for these posts as I'd like. I'm also looking to recharge my optimism, and recharge my writing, by taking a long, and long overdue break to sit back and observe the team and its farm for awhile rather than writing about it.

Thanks to Russ, Tyler Blezinski, the dos Andrews, Jeff, Bryan, all the other readers, writers and contributors to Purple Row over the years and everybody else who's helped prop up this often flaky blogger. Muchas gracias.

So adieu, friends. I'll miss you.