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Rockies news and links for Monday, November 18, 2019

Rockies’ Brendan Rodgers shouldering weight of injury, high expectations | The Denver Post ($)

Brendan Rodgers landed on the Injured List just a mere month after his debut. The Rockies’ top prospect was expected to make a splash when he was called up on May 17, but his time was cut short. Rodgers had shoulder surgery to fix his labrum — a surgery that ended his season. While Rodgers’s debut wasn’t all that we expected it would be, I have high hopes that 2020 could paint a different picture.

Rodgers’s raw talent is undeniable, but as a natural shortstop he looked uncomfortable at second base. With Trevor Story under team control through 2021, where does Rodgers fit into the Rockies’ future? Much of his debut was spent splitting time with Ryan McMahon at second base. Should we expect more of that in 2020?

Rodgers is hoping to be 100-percent ready to go by Spring Training and feels that he is a couple steps ahead of where he was expected to be. While he isn’t ready to throw a baseball just yet, he is approaching his rehabilitation with determination and drive.

Rockies co-owner Monfort’s McGregor Square is on trend — and at the center of a trend — in LoDo | The Denver Post ($)

If you attended any Rockies games in 2019 the cranes towering over the third base/left field corner were hard to miss. McGregor Square, the Rockies development project, is being built where the former Coors Field West Lot was located. Rockies Owner/Chairman and CEO, Dick Monfort, announced in April that the project’s namesake is to honor Keli McGregor, the Rockies team president who died unexpectedly in 2010.

The multi-use development is expected to have the Rockies team hall of fame, a hotel, condos, office space, retail space, and a food hall. Even Monfort will take residence on the top floor of McGregor Square after completion. McGregor Square is expected to have its grand opening on New Year’s Day in 2021, so don’t expect those cranes to disappear by Opening Day 2020.

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Tony Wolters was a “Buddy” with The Miracle League of Arizona. It’s great to see players making difference in the lives of others, especially kids, but I won’t lie, the very first thing I noticed about this Instagram post was that Wolters is sans ‘stache. It seems I’m not the only person who noticed (just look at the comments.)