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Rockies must fix the bullpen dumpster fire this offseason

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Today's headlines: The bullpen is a unit in desperate need of an overhaul this offseason, the Rockies won't change anything major this offseason, and Colorado was not good at stealing bases this year.

Stephen Dunn

A few days into the 2014 MLB playoffs and it looks like the stupid Giants are working their magic again, what with yesterday's 18 inning win and everything. The world just isn't fair.

Here are your Sunday links:

Rockies' to-do list starts with fixing bullpen - The Denver Post

As Patrick Saunders writes, among the many things that went wrong for Colorado this season, the dreadful bullpen is near the top of the list. One reason for this is that the Rockies relied on their bullpen more than all but two teams in MLB last year and got horrific results. Fixing said bullpen should be a top priority for the Rockies this offseason - fortunately, it's probably the easiest unit to fix in one offseason.

Frustrated Rockies not ready for sweeping changes |

This was from a few days ago and was linked in the comments section previously, but it deserves a look in the actual Rockpile. For those of you hoping for plenty of changes this offseason, Thomas Harding's article on Bill Geivett's during the season's last game will give you pause. Geivett, at least in this interview, appears to be beating the drum of "we have the talent, we just didn't get the results we were hoping for". Which is the same tired statement that got the Rockies fans some of the worst baseball they've seen in the franchise's history. I sincerely hope that change is forthcoming, but I'm not holding my breath.

Nincompoops: Baserunning and the Rockies, Part 1 | Rockies Zingers Colorado Rockies Baseball

Friend of Purple Row Adam Peterson writes that the Rockies were terrible on the basepaths in 2014 - including a 29th place finish in SB success percentage.

MLB experimenting with clock during Arizona Fall League

In this year's Arizona Fall League, there will be a 20 second clock from the time the batter steps into the box to when the pitch is thrown. Maybe this will help umpires enforce the rules that are actually on the books to govern this sort of thing. I know that watching that 18 inning game last night was torture due to the length between pitches I saw.

1951: The Year Baseball Really Integrated – The Hardball Times

In your daily baseball history lesson, Joe Distelheim of the Hardball Times writes about the 1951 season and how it was the first year in which MLB was really integrated.