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Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado praises the WBC

Colorado Rockies news and notes for Friday, March 10, 2017

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Why the World Baseball Classic is Awesome | Players Tribune

Written by none other than Nolan Arenado, this story is a look at the WBC from the perspective of those playing in it. It’s well worth your time.

Rockies’ Carlos Gonzalez hopes WBC can help Venezuela rise above its troubles | Denver Post

Patrick Saunders spoke with Carlos Gonzalez about what winning the WBC would mean to Venezuela, a country with a crumbling economy and one of the highest murder rates in the world.

Q&A with Rockies prospect Riley Pint | MLBPipeline

Jonathan Mayo talked to Riley Pint about what he’s been working on this offseason, as well as the sort of jump that he experienced from high school to professional baseball, and how he is adapting to that.

The next Daniel Murphy? Players who could soar with a swing change | ESPN Insider ($)

Bradford Doolittle highlights players who could benefit from an adjustment to their swing, specifically players who exhibit a high exit velocity and a below-average launch angle. In the Insider (read: paywall) piece, he lists two Rockies.

First he has DJ LeMahieu, who he states could compensate for a lower BABIP by getting more balls in the air, which could turn into more home runs. He also lists Ian Desmond, and he states that the key for him is to cut down on his strikeouts and to stop overswinging, which results in a lot of groundballs.