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Rockies news and links for February 8, 2019

Colorado Rockies: A look at some potential free agent options to DH in the near future | Rox Pile

The National League is reportedly interested in taking on the designated hitters like the American League. If this is the case, there are numerous agents on the market who could be a good fit for a Rockies DH. This speculation assumes that Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are unobtainable. One possible option for the role is Jose Bautista. He has struggled in the past couple seasons, but he still has 18 home runs and 56 RBIs in the past two years. Lucas Duda is another hitter who has struggled to hit for the average, but averaged 22 home runs in the last two seasons and would also be affordable. Derek Dietrich had a rough defensive year last year, but could be a good DH option. Then there’s the old favorites Matt Holliday and Carlos Gonzalez. They both have experience hitting at Coors Field and would have the fans on their side. Adam Jones and Mike Moustakas are two more powerful hitters who would do well for the Rockies if the NL adopted the designated hitter role. If the league were to make this switch, it would more likely be for the 2020 season, but it’s worth thinking ahead for the possibilities.

Colorado Rockies: Double-A affiliate makes bold announcement | Rox Pile

The Hartford Yard Goats have made the announcement that the Dunkin’ Donuts Park will be peanut-free in 2019. This certainly is a good move for those with severe peanut allergies, making things more amenable. While there has been backlash, as peanuts are a classical snack for many baseball fans, the Yard Goats see this as a move that can help bring more people to the stands, which is key. There are many prospects that are interesting this year, and the more exposure, the better.

The Hartford Yard Goats are turning themselves into the Screaming Goat meme for one night only | SB Nation

Speaking of the Yard Goats, they are having some fun with their promotions and being the screaming goats for one night. The shirts are worthwhile for any goat lover you might know, and it might be one of the best minor league promos of the year.

Frank Robinson dies: Baseball Hall of Famer was MLB’s first black manager | Denver Post ($)

It’s a sad day in baseball as Frank Robinson has passed away. He was the first black manager in the MLB, as well as a dominant player. He won the MVP award in both the AL and the NL, a huge feat. He has a major place in sports history, and will be very well remembered.