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Baseball celebrates Jackie Robinson Day as the Colorado Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs

News, notes and links for Friday, April 15th.

The Colorado Rockies will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day today.
The Colorado Rockies will celebrate Jackie Robinson Day today.
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Brandon Barnes proud to honor Jackie Robinson |

With Jackie Robinson Day today, it's to be expected that players will be talking about the impact that he had on them. For the Rockies, that player was Brandon Barnes, who was raised in Anaheim and for a time, was committed to play football at Robinson's alma mater, UCLA.

MLB announces Jackie Robinson Day details |

All the details of the 69th edition of Jackie Robinson Day can be found here. MLB Network will be showing the Giants and the Dodgers, but before that, you can find interviews with Hank Aaron and Chris Archer, among others. MLB will also be increasing their contributions to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, funding 30 four-year scholarships that provide financial assistance to college students. It's great to see the league increasing their contributions to such a worthy cause.

The blueprint for winning Rockies baseball | Mile High Sports

Aniello Piro of Mile High Sports thinks he has figured out a strategy that will allow the Rockies to start winning some ballgames, and they showed it yesterday. It's a five step plan that involves a lot of runs and some decent performances from the pitchers. I don't want to reveal too much, so I will let you read the rest for yourself. It's an interesting idea,  but I think you'll need more out of your starters than Aniello is suggesting.

MLB quiz: Bird's-eye ballparks

A fun quiz to start your Friday. See if you can figure out these 18 MLB stadiums from aerial shots. I scored a not-so-hot 12/18 66%, which is sort of similar to my chemistry grades. Oops.