After news came out that Tim Tebow was going to be pursuing a MLB baseball career, ESPN’s Darren Rovell broke down the teams that may be most interested from a purely marketing perspective. The Rockies ranked second behind the Miami Marlins. The connection is mostly because of Tebow’s days as a Denver Broncos quarterback which was the most successful stretch of his abbreviated NFL career.
While it seems unlikely that a 29-year-old Tebow will ever make the majors, the story of him trying and working his way through the minors will be an intriguing one. There is no doubt that Tebow is a phenomenal athlete; however, hitting professional curveballs and triple-digit fastballs is a challenge for players who haven’t taken over a decade-long break from playing competitive baseball.
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Before Wednesday’s game, Walt Weiss announced that Carlos Estevez had been removed from his role as the team’s closer. Adam Ottavino will fill that role “for the most part.” While Estevez’s stuff is dynamic he has blown five of his 16 save opportunities, including his last two. Hopefully removing him from the closer role will allow him to regroup.
Ottavino has been lights-out since his return from Tommy John surgery July 5. He has allowed zero earned runs while striking out 12 and walking only three in 11⅔ innings over 15 appearances.
While the bullpen blew another lead last night, Tyler Chatwood looks to have rebounded from whatever it was that made him lose his control during the middle of this season. Chatwood struck out eight batters, including six looking, while walking none for the third time this season.
Perhaps just as important as reducing his walks is, it appears that Chatwood has exorcised his Coors Field demons that have plagued him for most of the season. While the bullpen blew another lead late in the game, Chatwood’s strong performance is yet another positive sign for the Rockies’ 2017 starting rotation.