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Colorado Rockies gold glove third baseman Nolan Arenado driven by instinct in the field

Rockies news and links for Thursday March 10, 2016.

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Nolan Arenado doesn't plan to stop his diving ways - The Denver Post

Last year, I remember two weeks or so passing before Nolan Arenado made a highlight play. It felt like that was when the season really started. Over the course of the season, he made some spectacular plays. A few of them landed him either in the first row or running headlong into a tarp. Nobody advises this, and nobody teaches it. That's because, as Arenado tells Nick Kruger, such actions are instinctual. We'll see more of it this season. The first highlight will let us know that the season has really and truly begun.

Carlos Gonzalez, after HR off Johnny Cueto, says Rockies sending a message

CarGo dingered off of Johnny Cueto yesterday. It should be seen as an isolated event, but extrapolating it to mean something more is not unexpected. González told Nick Groke, "our message is, we can hit . . . there's no doubt. We have good hitters. We'll put runs on the board. If our pitchers get the job done, we'll be in there."

Maybe it's too early in spring training to be a negative Ned, but the Rockies did have one of the worst offenses in the National League in 2015, once the extremely necessary Coors Field adjustment is added in. Just like the Rockies should teach pitchers that they are better than their surface numbers suggest, it might be a good idea to let hitters know that they shouldn't place complete trust in their surface hitting stats.

Rockies prospect David Dahl fitting in |

David Dahl has been seeing a lot of game action so far this spring. In an environment where numbers don't tell us much of anything, it is very good news to hear that Dahl is fitting right into the clubhouse. A team needs more than good chemistry to succeed, but that doesn't mean it isn't real or important. This is a positive message to hear about Dahl.