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Rockies news and links for February 15, 2018

SOURCE: Rockies to honor Denver’s Negro League history with throwback uniforms | BSN Denver
Established in 1993, the Colorado Rockies are among the youngest franchises in Major League Baseball. The history of baseball in Denver goes back much further. The Denver Bears were a minor-league team in the Western League from 1885 until 1954. The New Orleans Baby Cakes, current Pacific Coast League Triple-A affiliate of the Miami Marlins, were housed in Denver as the Bears from 1955-1984, and were then known as the Denver Zephyrs until 1992 before the Major-League Baseball team we all have come to know and love moved into Mile High Stadium.

Another baseball team you may not know about is the Negro League’s Denver White Elephants, who played in the Mile-High City for a 20-year stretch from 1915 until 1935. The White Elephants have floundered in obscurity as of late. They don’t even have a Wikipedia page, though one of you faithful readers could change that if you are feeling so inclined!

Throwback uniforms have not been commonplace for the Colorado Rockies franchise, perhaps because 25 years of existence hasn’t provided the team with vast variances in apparel (the Diamondbacks, on the other hand, have a lot of throwback options). In 2013, the Rockies did wear a throwback uniform for their inaugural season, but that’s all.

In some pleasantly surprising news, a new throwback uniform looks to be in the books for the 2018 season in an August 3-5 series against the Brewers in Milwaukee. It will be a look “similar to the White Elephants’ 1930 road uniform,” according to BSN Denver. Jake Shapiro has compiled more information about the history of the Denver White Elephants and has a collection of images to showcase what a potential throwback uniform might look like. He even mocked up some models of players wearing the uniform on MLB The Show 17 that you should absolutely check out for yourself!

2018 Rockies Preview: Colorado’s success hinges on the starting rotation | Mile High Sports
Turning to the current iteration of the Rockies, the 2018 team is overflowing with starting pitching talent. Roster Resource projects a starting five of Jon Gray, Chad Bettis, Tyler Anderson, German Marquez, and Kyle Freeland for the Rockies. Two notable omissions that had big 2017s for the Rox include Antonio Senzatela and Jeff Hoffman, who project to begin 2018 pitching out of the Triple-A Albuquerque rotation. At Mile High Sports, Aniello Piro breaks down the 2017 campaigns of all seven starters, including how their upcoming seasons might look.

Pitchers and Catchers Report: Sizing up the starters | Mile High Sports
The Blake Street Irregulars podcast also tackles the subject of the rotation. With pitchers and catchers reporting on Wednesday, hurlers will be the primary talk of the team until full squad workouts begin on Monday, February 19. Mile High Sports’ Casey Light speaks of the intriguing possibility of sliding Freeland into the second spot in the rotation to give the Rockies a lefty-righty matchup in the top two rotation slots.

Kyle Freeland’s offseason dedication is positioning him for a strong 2018 | Mile High Sports
Denver native Freeland spoke on the Afternoon Drive with Eric Goodman and Les Shapiro about the work he put in over the offseason. The youngster emerged as a bright spot in the Rockies rotation in 2017, but appeared to struggle with stamina down the stretch, as is to be expected from a rookie starting pitcher. Freeland says he has been attempting to eat healthier over the offseason, as well as adding yoga to his weekly routines.

Bettis finds purpose in first camp after cancer |
Chad Bettis is entering camp in Scottsdale, Arizona, free of the testicular cancer that caused an abrupt change to his life both on and off the field in 2017. Bettis is getting back into the swing of a normal routine, but not without stopping to reach out to fellow cancer patients along the way.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Back to BAsEball | BSN Denver
In the latest BSN Rockies podcast, Jake Shapiro, Drew Creasman, and Rich Allen spend much of the discussion focusing on lineup construction for the coming season. Manager Bud Black has toyed with the idea of moving Charlie Blackmon from the leadoff spot to the middle of the order for the upcoming season, with Raimel Tapia, David Dahl, and Ian Desmond getting consideration for the leadoff spot. The podcast also discusses the Rockies’ throwback jersey plans as well as the immortality of Dinger the Dinosaur.

Colorado Rockies: 2 things we have already learned this spring | Rox Pile
Rox Pile’s Kevin Henry focuses on two things we already know about the Rockies, even just one day into pitchers and catchers reporting to camp. One is that Ian Desmond will play a large role for the Rockies in 2018, whether it be at first base or in left field. The other is that Black will be experimenting with the lineup structure this spring.

Colorado Rockies: The case for resigning Carlos Gonzalez | Rox Pile
Carlos Gonzalez remains among the large crop of free agents that remain unemployed on February 15, 2018. Despite his struggles from a season ago, CarGo did show much better numbers down the stretch run, particularly in September as the Rockies made their way to the postseason for the first time since 2009. With a projected outfield alignment that leaves more questions than answers, there is a case for bringing Gonzalez back to Coors Field, opines Rox Pile’s Noah Yingling.