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Rockies bullpen shouldn't require wholesale changes for improvement

Rockpile links: The Rockies' bullpen might not be as bad as advertised, the Diamondbacks hired a new manager, and former MLB commissioner Fay Vincent speaks on the 25th anniversary of the Bay Area earthquake that shook up the 1989 Fall Classic.

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The Rockies' Bullpen: Fine as Is | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball
Eric Garcia McKinley does a fine job of breaking down the Rockies' bullpen, which might not need as much turnover as the vast majority of fans and those who analyze the team believe. I happen to agree wholeheartedly with Eric; bullpens are fluid by nature. The numbers of the individuals inside those units are largely affected by small sample sizes that can normalize over a period of time. For instance, take a look at Chris Martin, who should actually be not only much better, but pretty damn good going forward if his xFIP is any indication. Great stuff here from Eric.

Was Jim Tracy Almost The Arizona Diamondbacks Manager? - Rox Pile
The Rockies' former skipper was a candidate for the D-backs job that ultimately went to Chip Hale, who is going to provide an immediate upgrade over Kirk Gibson, writes Hayden Kane.

Fay Vincent Gets The Last Word | FOX Sports
Erik Malinowski profiles Fay Vincent, who navigated baseball through some tough times in the late 1980s and early 1990s but found himself out of a job shortly thereafter. A large chunk of the story revolves around Vincent's handling of the 1989 World Series, which of course was played around a Bay Area earthquake. Vincent, now 76, was instrumental in the birth of the Rockies (and Marlins) that took place partially as a means to pay off MLB owners' collusion debt.

Rivals make GM, managerial changes to keep up in NL West |
It's not going to be easy for the bottom feeders of the NL West to keep up with the Dodgers and Giants, but at least the Padres, Rockies and Diamondbacks are taking the steps to do something about it, writes Mark Bowman.

New Rockies GM Jeff Bridich followed baseball passion to Harvard and beyond - The Denver Post
Patrick Saunders profiles Bridich, who bonded with his father over baseball before falling in love with the game and eventually ending up where he is today.

Finally, I went on Mile High Sports (94.1 FM) in Denver last Thursday to talk about the Rockies' front office shake-up with Shayne Sharpe and Christine Voss. If you missed it and/or would like to listen again, here are both segments:

Bryan on Hookup, Seg 1

Bryan on Hookup, Seg 2