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Rockies’ Ian Desmond contributing to teams’ success off the field

Colorado Rockies news and notes for Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rockies' Desmond motivates teammates |

Add feng shui to Ian Desmond's versatility. It has been a rough year for Desmond on the field--between injuries and ineffectiveness, one can safely say his contract does not look good right now. However, Desmond does seem to have brought a fresh perspective into a clubhouse that seemingly needed it. If it's working, who am I to judge? I just wish it didn't cost $70 million over five years.

CarGo back to usual self for Rockies |

Yes, this has been one of the most enjoyable storylines of this month, watching Carlos Gonzalez hit baseballs again. But maybe he still isn't quite ready to start against lefties? With two on and two out in the sixth last night, Cargo grounded out to first to end the threat against lefty Patrick Corbin.

Rockies 2007 team reuniting at Coors Field |

If you weren't already incentivized to go see a Rockies team battle to maintain their lead in the wild card race this Friday at Coors Field, perhaps a little nostalgia will help bring you to the park. Also scheduled to appear: 2007 Padres manager Bud Black. I can't tell if it's awesome or cruel to make this reunion happen against the Padres team the Rockies beat in Game 163 to clinch a playoff spot. I'm going to go with cruelly awesome.

Shohei Otani likely to sign with MLB in costly move, per report | The Denver Post

Could it be? The first true, legitimately good two-way player since Babe Ruth may be available this offseason on the cheap? Could a certain ballclub summit the mountain and sign him?

Purple Row

Rockies outfielder González is stirring up memories of his glory days | Purple Row

Just when the Rockies needed it, CarGo is shocking us with a hot streak.

This Day in Rocktober History

What’s your Rocktober story? | Purple Row

Ten years ago today, the Rockies lost their second game in a row, this time to the 63-83 Florida Marlins to put them 312 games out of a playoff spot. It was their third-to-last loss until October 24.

Another reminder: to celebrate the 10 year anniversary of Rocktober, Purple Row will highlight your stories throughout September. Just a friendly reminder to get your submission in. If you need any help writing a FanPost, we have a guide (or two!) for that.

Around MLB

Indians won their 21st straight game, and we’re in love |

In case you haven't noticed, the Indians have a chance to set the modern baseball record with their 22nd win in a row (5:40pm MT vs. Kansas City). Grant Brisbee breaks down what makes the streak, and others like it, so special.

Reds rookie pitcher outpitches Cardinals rookie pitchers in 6-0 blowout | Viva El Birdos

Thanks to the Cincinnati Reds for keeping the Cardinals at bay.

Glasnow doesn’t look any different as Pirates get thrashed, 8-2 | Bucs Dugout

Brewers did manage to win yesterday, though. Thanks, anyways, Pirates.

The Brewers just got a gift: 3 extra home games | Bleed Cubbie Blue

Considering the circumstances that led to the relocation--namely, Hurricane Irma in Miami--it's difficult to get too worked up about this development. And, considering home field advantage in baseball is pretty solidly tied to the ability to bat last, it probably won't make a large difference in the results.