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Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland sets consecutive saves record to begin season

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Rockies news and links for Monday, May 15, 2017.

Greg Holland sets Rockies record for consecutive saves to open season | FanRag Sports

At this point, there’s zero argument that Greg Holland and his $7 million base contract has been worth it. With Sunday’s shutdown of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Holland has set the Rockies record for consecutive saves to start a season with 16. If Holland finishes 30 games or makes 50 appearances, one of which seems very likely at this point, his 2018 option will vest at $15 million, according to Spotrac. Honestly, if Holland gives us two years worth of an elite closer—which he is right now—that will pay off tremendously for a Rockies team looking to compete.

Freeland, mom bond over baseball | MLB.com

There’s always been something special about Mother’s Day baseball. Freeland was able to celebrate both his birthday and Mother’s Day at home this year, adding to many great memories for the Freeland family this year. His mother was a softball player growing up and marvels at Freeland’s composure on the mound. "They put me in once to pitch, and I was a nervous wreck. I don't know how he does that."

Vinny Castilla’s high-octane energy still driving Rockies after 25 years | Denver Post

Vinny has always has great energy and it’s rubbing off on current Rockies. In the words of Nolan Arenado;

“He’s been here forever and he’s amazing... Vinny brings energy every day and he brings happiness, if you want to put it that way. When you are down, he’s always there for you. He always brings positive energy to the ballpark. I’ve never seen Vinny down or bummed out. I mean, he’s great at trash talking, but it’s all in fun. He’s awesome.”

Tony Cowell’s humidor brought Rockies baseball at Coors Field back down to Earth | Denver Post

The man behind the humidor shares the story about how it came about. This is especially interesting because now there will be two stadiums with humidors as Arizona—another launching pad for baseballs—is looking to implement a humidor of their own. This is a really interesting read, especially because the idea came in probably the most Colorado way ever; elk hunting in the Rocky Mountains.