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Colorado Rockies news and links for Wednesday, November 20, 2019

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If you’re like me (and I know I am), you’re probably already extremely bored with the main offseason storylines:

1. There are free agents.

2. Trades could happen.

Well, there’s good news: This offseason has graced us with a third choice.

3. Cheating.

Spike Eskin Creates Petition To Ban Professional Sports In Denver | CBS4

You see, Denver teams are inherently cheating because they’re better adjusted to higher altitudes and thus can breathe better than their opponents.

Related: Santa Claus sucks.

Canceled: Denver. Or at least sports teams in Denver

Approved: This counter-petition to raise all of Denver’s stadiums 1,000 feet.

Baseball’s sign-stealing controversy is an old story with a modern, high-tech twist | Chicago Tribune

Bernie Brewer has apparently been a spy since 1973, but others have also accused the Brewers of cheating, including maybe Yu Darvish (who is also defending the Rangers against the same allegations).

Canceled: Bernie Brewer, the Brewers, either Christian Yelich or Yu Darvish

Approved: Snacks.

Why Rob Manfred must make a harsh example of illegal sign stealers | New York Post

People are talking.

Specifically, some people have apparently told the New York Post about “a variety of methods they think have been or could be employed, such as a realistic-looking electronic bandage placed on a player’s body that buzzes in real time to signal what is coming.”

Buzzing bandages. Seriously.

We can all agree they were definitely using vibrating jockstraps too, right?

Canceled: Still the Astros, vibrating wearables

Approved: Anonymous sources

Whitewash: Rob Manfred says he doesn’t think sign stealing extends beyond the Astros | NBC Sports

Related: Rob Manfred says he doesn’t think poor leadership, misogyny, domestic violence or HEB commercials extend beyond the Astros.

Canceled: Integrity.

Approved: The other 29 MLB teams.

Luckily, the Rockies are definitely not involved in a technology-assisted cheating scandal. We know this for two reasons:

1. They’re already cheating by being located in Denver.

2. There’s no rule against using magic in MLB, so noted witch Ian Desmond could simply cast a spell to reveal all opponents’ signs.

In Rockies-specific news:

Two Colorado Rockies affiliates and Eight MiLB teams in the Mountain Time Zone could soon be a thing of the past | Rox Pile

You may have heard about MLB’s plan to restructure the minor leagues. This move would sever ties with two Rockies affiliates: the Advanced Single-A Lancaster JetHawks and the Advanced Rookie Grand Junction Rockies.

The move would also get rid of the entire Pioneer League, so the Mountain Time Zone would be losing 7 of its 11 teams.

Canceled: 42 teams, including the Rocky Mountain Vibes, which is sad because they become the Lloronas during the Copa de la Diversión, and that’s an awesome name.

Approved: The Salt Lake Bees?

Analyzing Colorado Rockies Hitters for 2020 | Pitcher List

TL;DR: The Rockies have some good hitters and some less good hitters.

Canceled: Remains to be seen.

Approved: Nolan. Trevor. Probably some others.

Can the Rockies sneak some help from the Rule 5 Draft? Here’s who could come and go | The Athletic ($)

I’m sorry to report we’ve now moved from trade rumors to Rule 5 draft rumors. But this article asks an important question: Should they stay, or should they go?

Potentially canceled: Mike Nikorak (RHP, single-A in 2019), Chris Rabago (C, AAA in 2019), Brian Mundell (1B, AAA in 2019), Reid Humphreys (RHP, injured for all of 2019), Daniel Montano (OF, single-A in 2019)

Approved: Ben Bowden (LHP, projected to hit the majors in 2020), Tyler Nevin (1B/utility, AA in 2019), Robert Tyler (RHP, high-A in 2019), Roberto Ramos (1B, AAA in 2019)

Dynasty: Colorado Rockies 2020 Preseason Top 50 Prospects | Pitcher List

Brendan Rodgers, a lot of young guys and those guys from the Rule 5 article I just mentioned.

Canceled: This isn’t that kind of article.

Approved: Everyone on this top-50 list.

And then there’s this:

He was a Dodgers prospect. Now he’s a supermodel | MLB.com

Sorry. What?

Ball-in-glove is back: Brewers unveil new unis | MLB.com

Despite all the sign-stealing rumors, the Brewers did have one good PR move this week: They’re bringing back the old ball-in-glove logo. So what do you think?

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