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Former Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd identifies his worst move

Now more than a year removed from the job, one move stood out in Dan O'Dowd's mind as his worst as Rockies general manager.

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Dan O'Dowd looks back at Chone Figgins deal -
Of the many moves he made as Rockies general manager, Dan O'Dowd identified the 2001 trade that sent Chone Figgins to the Angels for Kimera Bartee as his worst in a talk with Thomas Harding.

After being traded away from Colorado, Figgins went on to hit .276/.349/.363 with 281 extra-base hits and 341 stolen bases in 12 major league seasons with the Angels, Mariners and Dodgers, accumulating 22 WAR in his career. Bartee made just 19 plate appearances with the Rockies, going 0-for-15 with a pair of walks, a hit by pitch and a sacrifice fly, good for an OPS of just .158.

Q&A with ex-Major League pitcher Bill Swift -
Tracy Ringolsby caught up with former Rockies pitcher Bill Swift, part of the 1995 playoff team. Swift retired from baseball in 1998 and is now a college baseball coach in Scottsdale, Ariz., coaching the son of former teammate and Blake Street Bomber Ellis Burks.

Rockies Fest Beckons 2016 Season - Rockies Zingers
At Rockies Zingers, Sarah Ford has a recap of last week's Rockies Fest at Coors Field, which helped get us all ready for baseball season. Purple Row's Tim Boettcher also provided his view of Rockies Fest last week.

The Anomalous Defensive Outcomes of the 2015 Season - FanGraphs Baseball
There is one Rockies play featured in FanGraps' recap of the most anomalous defensive plays of 2015, though they were not in the field. The play involved a hard-hit out from Carlos Gonzalez in April, part of his early-season struggles last year.

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