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Rockies news and links for May 16, 2019

Chris Iannetta shows durability, longevity for Colorado Rockies team that drafted him in 2006 |

It wasn’t on my radar that a road trip to Boston would be a homecoming of sorts for Iannetta. This article out of Worcester takes a look at the veteran catcher and his remarkable durability as a big league catcher.

The Rhode Island native talks about the ways he maintains his physical health as part of that durability. But it isn’t just that. Iannetta has shown the ability to evolve in certain areas of his game while offering consistent skills as a game caller and a guy who can get on base.

It’s a combination of those things, and even with some down seasons, it really is impressive that such a big guy could last this long at catcher. Now he wants to be on a winner, something that will hopefully continue to be that much sweeter on the Rockies.

Iannetta, Oberg spend rare off-day at home |

Iannetta’s first game close to home went well for him, including a key hit and a run scored. Oberg’s didn’t go quite as well as he had a sloppy inning and gave up the tying run. Jessica Camerato takes a look at these two Rockies who got to make a rare return to home because of this interleague series.

This includes a story of Iannetta teaching his daughter to ride a bike. I dare you to not at least smile, if not tear up a bit. Oberg also made the most of his visit by going to see a Little League team back where he learned to play as a kid.

Where things stand a quarter of the way into the season | Hardball Talk

Craig Calcaterra accurately describes the playoff pictures in each league as “alpha teams and also-rans.” Unfortunately the Rockies find themselves in the latter, serving as a reminder that there’s still a ways to go once they get back up over .500. There are lots of other interesting tidbits in this article about the 2019 season so far.

Grant Lavigne Looks to Break a Barrier for New Hampshire Athletes | Spring Break Beat

If (when, hopefully) Lavigne reaches the Rockies, he will be the first high school position player from New Hampshire to ever reach the big leagues. This is a really neat article on the way that he has worked and why he is so highly regarded as a player and a person.

On the farm

Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 2, Portland Sea Dogs 1

High-A: Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 18, Lancaster JetHawks 8

Low-A: Rome Braves 5, Asheville Tourists 1