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Rockies news and links for Saturday, November 16, 2019

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How Trevor Story Tweaked the Jeter Jump Throw | The Athletic ($)
I’m saying it and you are too. Best. Left. Side. Ever.

We’re watching a Hall of Famer in the making. He has the focus to keep the burner on high, overall stout health and he’s constantly working on his skills. To wit, the work he put in to perfecting the mechanics of the jump throw, a balletic thing of beauty on the diamond.

There’s no letting up with Trevor.

This is the state of the Rockies’ farm system | MLB.com
As sexy as it would be to have what Jonathon Mayo calls elite-level talent developing in the farm system, it looks as if what the Rox have are quietly solid players. Having no hot prospects on the ascendency — especially pitchers — means the Rox rotation will be more or less status quo.

I’m looking forward to road trips to Grand Junction next summer. 29 and 30 on Mayo’s list — Eddie Diaz and Julio Carreras — will be worth a look-see.

‘I don’t know if it’s rooted in paranoia, or fact’: MLB GMs on sign stealing, precautions and crossing the line | The Athletic ($)

“Fixed the World Series?” I repeated.

The idea staggered me. I remembered, of course, that the World Series had been fixed in 1919, but if I had thought of it at all I would have thought of it as something that merely happened, the end of an inevitable chain. It never occurred to me that one man could start to play with the faith of fifty million people--with the singlemindedness of a burglar blowing a safe.

— F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

The 1919 Chicago White Sox scandal was the granddaddy of cheating in baseball. To this day, it vastly surpasses the scuffed balls — so many cheating pitchers — the corked bats, the pine tar, the spit, juicing, the emery boards, the stolen signs. But, still. Cheating.

And, in the latest dust-up focused on the Houston Astros, banging on trashcans? What is this, a cleated production of “Stomp”?

MLB has a lot of faith to restore. I’m not naïve. A quick internet search of cheating in baseball reads like a handful of highly-valued baseball cards — Albert Belle, Tommy John, Graig Nettles, Pete Rose (not just betting), Will Smith… it seems it’s endemic to the game.

What are the gains? Some players and team staff have been banned for life and have even done time. Salvaging a fading career, winning at all costs… ah, hell, everyone does it.

As a fan — even as a fan whose rose-colored glasses were discarded a long time ago (Oh, Pete. That still hurts.) — I believe the game is tarnished by even intimations of cheating. It’s already an expensive outing to go to the ballpark. We just want to see the teams play hard and fair. Some teams are better than others and even aces have bad nights. If you can’t figure out a pitcher, maybe you need more time on the farm. If you can’t get a batter swinging, well, you’re just off.

It might be an issue too deep-seated for the suits to effectively corral. Cheating has, after all, gone hand-in-hand with the game since its inception.

From the Athletic story: “‘Stealing signs is 100 years old,’ Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said. ‘It’s about the method by which it’s done, and whether that’s within the scope of what we want the game to be.’”

It’s good to see the Rockies out of the headlines, but that isn’t a presumption of innocence, especially when it comes to stealing signs.

Is it acceptable because “everybody does it”? Or does MLB need to come down hard on the “anything to win” mindset that seems to accompany baseball’s long history of cheating?