Colorado Rockies to raise outfield fences at Coors Field - Nick Groke / Denver Post
After seeing high home run totals at Coors Field for two decades, the Rockies have decided to make hitting them a little more difficult. They will be raising the fencing down the deft field line by five feet, and in right-center field by eight feet. The hope is that it could decrease the home run total by as much as five or six percent, but it will probably do little to quell the overall offensive numbers we see when the Rockies play at home.
While Coors Field does yield the most home runs of any park, it also yield the most triples as well as the second most doubles (only to Fenway). It's the combination of those three together that drive the run scoring environment to the levels we see each summer. All these walls will do is convert home runs into double and triples, which will then spike those already high park factors even higher. These hits will still likely allow all the runners on base to score, and still put the batter in a great spot to score himself, especially if the hit is tallied with less than two outs. Most importantly, these walls won't convert any home runs into outs.
So while I agree with the Rockies that it could take five or six percent of the home runs out of the equation, I would only expect the run scoring environment to drop around two percent. You might even squeeze out an extra inside the park home run or two if balls tend to take awkward bounces off the new wall. If nothing else, its something to watch for that might make the game more interesting.
Troy Tulowitzki, Colorado Rockies, media compete for low road - Drew Creasman / BSN Denver
Hey, I remember this guy! Our old friend has his own take on the latest Troy Tulowitzki fallout. He points out why everybody needs to share at least some of the blame in his strong piece from yesterday.
Colorado Rockies have a love for their gloves - Nicole Vitale / Denver Post
Vitale gives us an intimate look at the relationships between the Rockies and some of their gloves. Players interviewed include Ryan McMahon, Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu and Daniel Descalso. This is a fun piece.
Inbox: How will the pitching staff shake out? - Thomas Harding / MLB.com
Harding talks about what the rotation will look like come Opening Day. Right now, he predicts a rotation of Jorge De La Rosa, Chad Bettis, Jon Gray, Tyler Chatwood and Jordan Lyles to start the season. However, he also notes that Chris Rusin is out of options and the Rockies probably don't want to lose his pitching depth for the season just to cut him out of the initial rotation. Which one of these six pitchers is the odd man out come April will be one of the biggest stories of the spring, unless you know, we get more Tulo stuff.
Chapman gets 30-game suspension from MLB - Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
The first suspension from a domestic violence case has been issued by Rob Manfred. This is a very tricky case to read because Chapman was never officially charged with a crime, but there was clearly wrongdoing on his part. I would have liked to have seen Chapman get more than 30 games, but at least it's a start for a guy who wasn't charged.
Chapman is also lucky that the suspension is this short because now it's not long enough to delay his service clock and push his free agency back until after the 2017 season. So he'll still be on the market next winter.
This is of course significant to the Rockies because Jose Reyes, who was charged with a crime after an incident in Hawaii last October, still has a suspension looming, and you can bet it's going to be more substantial than the one Chapman just received.