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Rockies news and links for April 25, 2019

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Rockies Mailbag: No rush on deals for Trevor Story or Kyle Freeland, Chris Iannetta update and more | Denver Post

It’s interesting to see in a column like this how perceptions are catching up to the truth, and in some cases not catching up at all, when it comes to the state of the Rockies pitching staff.

Patrick Saunders fields questions from readers concerned the Rockies don’t have one clear stopper in the rotation - which they don’t, necessarily, because they arguably have more than one stopper. But what caught my attention was the section in here about Jon Gray.

Gray and Bud Black are quoted about Gray’s ability to slow the game down and stay calm. Lest anybody think this is permission to pat themselves on the back for calling Gray a head case last year, I’m more interested in the way that Black seems to continue to be a steady hand for this pitching staff.

That was his strength when the team hired him, and if he’s playing the mentor role we think he is en route to these results, it looks like an awfully good fit at manager. We’ve known that for a while, but I think it’s good to recognize these reminders as we continue with Black’s third season in Colorado.

Black delivers words of wisdom to Hoffman | MLB.com

Continuing with that thread, I was very interested to see that there was a follow-up article about what appeared to be an impassioned speech from Black to Jeff Hoffman on Tuesday night. He talked to the young right-hander for a bit, likely every second that the umpire would have allowed.

From that moment Hoffman was mostly able to settle down in a start in which he walked zero hitters and was just dinged by one bad inning. Hoffman passes along to Thomas Harding that Black emphasized his confidence in him and told him to trust his stuff and get back down in the zone. Another example of why Black is the right man for this job, and a good story to remember each time Ian Desmond is in the starting lineup and batting sixth.

Now at 1,000, Nolan Arenado can remember his biggest hits — even if he doesn’t want to | The Athletic ($)

This is a trip down memory lane with the Rockies’ franchise player, and thanks to the power of embedded videos it’s an awfully fun one. Nick Groke writes about the nature of baseball and how so many of those 1,000 hits are forgotten. The ones that are remembered, lots of them home runs, are noteworthy for a reason. Arenado goes through some of them and also looks ahead to hopefully many to come.

Rockies’ Daniel Murphy survives brush with injury, narrowly misses collision with racing tooth | CBS Sports

Surely you have seen the video by now. What I would like to advocate for is a pro wrestling style feud between Murphy and the Tooth Trot characters. I think Murphy is a natural heel - especially since he has easy access to a weapon for a Randall Simon-esque cheap shot - but I’ve seen what you people say about Tooth Trot so I’m sure you see them as the bad guys here.

One time there was a bird in my house, something that really shook me up. That’s what I was reminded of with Murphy’s reaction.

On the farm

Pat Valaika made his presence felt immediately back in Triple-A, hitting two home runs in his Albuquerque’s win. Brendan Rodgers (PuRP no. 1) also threw out a couple hits including a double. Vince Fernandez (PuRP no. 21) hit a home run and Tyler Nevin (PuRP no. 7) drove in a run in the Yard Goats victory Wednesday night. Down in Lancaster, Ryan Vilade (PuRP no. 9) had a nice game with two hits and two driven in.

Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes 5, Salt Lake Bees 4

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 3, Portland Sea Dogs 0

High-A: Lancaster Jethawks 7, Lake Elsinore Storm 5

Low-A: Delmarva Shorebirds 15, Asheville Tourists 7