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Rockies beat writers get nostalgic prior to spring training

Rockies news, notes and links for Sunday, February 5th.

Saunders: Todd Helton’s presence still missed by this Rockies beat writer | Denver Post

When I got to the clubhouse area on the day the Rockies retired Todd Helton’s No. 17, the place was packed as the Toddfather held court, cracking jokes. After Helton finished, he walked past me, then stopped and said, “Who are you?” I said, “Um.” He then asked, “Got anything for me?” I stammered out an “Um, no.” Then he laughed and went on his way. As Patrick Saunders writes here, Helton’s laugh in the clubhouse is something that Saunders continues to miss.

McCracken reflects on Black History Month |

Brian McTaggart catches up with ex-Rockies player Quinton McCracken, who is now the director of player personnel for the Houston Astros. McCracken discusses the importance of Black History Month to him and how Major League Baseball needs to improve opportunities not just for African Americans, but also for other underrepresented populations in baseball and its front offices, including Latinos and women.

Players whose 2017 fantasy stock went up or down based on signings, trades |

Tristan Cockcroft loves that Ian Desmond signed with the Rockies and notes Desmond should get a boost in batting average thanks to Coors’ spacious outfield. Though he comments on Desmond’s potential versatility, curiously he neglects to mention Desmond’s stolen bases, which are rare to find in a player with eligibility at first base. Among his least favorite moves in terms of fantasy is the Rockies adding Mike Dunn, though he probably wouldn’t have had much value in traditional 5x5 leagues anyway since he wasn’t going to rack up saves no matter where he landed.

Colorado Rockies History: Jason Jennings or Clint Barmes? | Roxpile

Kevin Henry continues his series comparing Roxpile’s All-Time 25 man roster versus Call to the Pen’s. At debate here is, if you’re building a roster of All-Time Rockies, do you need that extra pitcher because of Coors Field, or is it best to go with a position player?