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Rockies news and links for November 22, 2018

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Analytics unveil where Arenado, Blackmon, Freeland, Marquez and Story must improve | Mile High Sports
When thinking about how the Colorado Rockies could improve in 2019, names like Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Kyle Freeland, German Márquez and Trevor Story certainly do not rank among the main candidates for necessary steps forward. However, there are areas in which each can improve. As Luke Zahlmann of Mile High Sports writes, Arenado can improve his late-innings numbers, Story can provide more consistency, Blackmon can work on his outfield play (perhaps aided by a transition to a corner spot), Márquez can get rid of his changeup and Freeland can improve his ground-ball rate.

Breaking down the Hall of Fame ballot, from the shoo-ins to the absurd | The Athletic ($)
At The Athletic, Cliff Corcoran details the Hall of Fame candidacy for each of 2019’s ballot members. While Todd Helton is listed among the top newcomers, it is expected that he will receive much the same treatment as Larry Walker has and be discounted for his strong offensive numbers because he played his home games at Coors Field. Corcoran expects that Mariano Rivera and Edgar Martínez will be the two players inducted in 2019.

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in the Purple Row community. This is my first Thanksgiving writing for Purple Row and I am thankful for all the conversation that takes place in these Rockpiles. I love being able to post links that kick off a conversation among all of us who consider ourselves fans of the Rockies. What are you thankful for? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below!