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Rockies’ Carlos González offers teammates message of relaxation

Rockies news and links for September 27, 2018

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‘You’re not gonna get shot’: González is finding a way to ease tension in the Rockies’ jittery postseason chase | The Athletic ($)
Carlos González has some advice for his teammates if they ever get to feeling that there’s a lot of pressure riding on them: “you’re not gonna get shot.” That’s what CarGo told his Colorado Rockies teammate Jon Gray before his start against the Philadelphia Phillies on Monday evening. It was time to relax, and even if he didn’t pitch well, he was “not gonna get shot.” Gray ended up pitching extremely well and remarked after the game that he found himself enjoying pitching once again. González’s message of relaxation played a role in his own pinch-hit double and for David Dahl when he hit his three-run homer. Dahl told Nick Groke of The Athletic that the team always plays relaxed, which was hard to believe after the recent series in Los Angeles against the Dodgers when the Rockies certainly appeared to be pressing. The series against the Phillies has certainly shown the loosened-up version of the Rox.

BSN Rockies Podcast: Tony Wolters breaks down the historic Rockies pitching rotation | BSN Denver
In the latest episode of the BSN Rockies podcast, Drew Creasman is joined by Manny Randhawa to discuss the Rockies’ recent play. Creasman also has a conversation with Rockies’ catcher Tony Wolters, who goes into depth on what it’s like to work with each of the Rockies’ starters. Wolters remarks on Gray’s response to adversity, Antonio Senzatela’s “warrior mentality,” the simplicity of German Márquez’s pre-game routine, the roles of Chad Bettis and Tyler Anderson as role models, and Kyle Freeland’s willingness to go with his strengths.

The story of one of the most epic pennant-race collapses ever | Bleed Cubbie Blue
Believe it or not, this is not the story of the 2018 Arizona Diamondbacks. It is the story of the 1987 Toronto Blue Jays, who finished the season with a record of 96-66, but 2nd place in the American League East. The Blue Jays were looking golden, but the Detroit Tigers caught fire down the stretch and swept the Jays in the final series of the season. With no Wild Card spot invented yet, the Blue Jays had to pack their bags and return home for the year. Meanwhile, the 85-77 Minnesota Twins won the American League West, and went on to win the World Series with a run differential of negative-20. Al Yellon of Bleed Cubbie Blue has the whole story of one of the greatest pennant-race collapses in Major Leauge Baseball history.

The Yankees’ Jean Afterman has to be a candidate for the Giants’ GM search | McCovey Chronicles
McCovey Chronicles’ Bryan Murphy is searching for the next general manager of the San Francisco Giants after the club relieved Bobby Evans of his duties. One possibility is current New York Yankees assistant general manager Jean Afterman. Afterman, a Bay Area native, would be the first female GM that baseball has ever seen, and she comes with glowing reviews from Yankees brass.