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Colorado Rockies infield nickname contest generates big league buzz

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We had a lot of fun with the nickname endeavor, which created Coors Shield.

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When our Drew Creasman ran a poll earlier this week to figure out a nickname for the Colorado Rockies' defensively stellar infield, we had no idea the end result would be an on-air debate during a Rockies game and an official poll conducted by the Rockies' Twitter account.

The poll, which had finalists such as Coors Shield (the eventual winner in both our poll and the Rockies' poll) and Leather Daddies, became arguably the most talked-about Rockies subject of all. That wasn't an easy accomplishment given the Rockies' on-field success, which includes a pair of road sweeps, in the early part of the season.

Drew joined 850 KOA yesterday in one of his several radio spots to talk about the silly thing that spiraled out of control. You can listen to the interview here:

Sincere thanks to everyone who voted, tweeted, linked, etc. We do this sort of stuff for your enjoyment, and we are happy to see that this particular endeavor resulted in just that.

Links

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Prospect Hot Sheet: The Prequel - BaseballAmerica.com
Jon Gray's troublesome start to 2015 has landed him on BA's "Not-So Hot" list, but much like me, they're not too concerned:

Poor Gray. Not only did the affiliation shuffle uproot the Rockies’ Triple-A affiliate to the hitter’s haven that is Albuquerque, but the 2013 first-rounder had to make his first two starts of 2015 at home. So don’t get too worked up purely based on Gray’s early results, which include 10 runs and 17 baserunners allowed in nine innings.

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Patrick Saunders profiles that improved bullpen, which is currently one of the most dominant relief units in all of baseball. The 'pen has a combination of talent and proven big league history for that success to hold up through the entirety of the season. It wasn't a bold prediction for the many people who said the unit would be vastly improved over last season, but I don't think anybody thought it would be this good.

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