The Rockies sent a press release on Friday saying that they are “evaluating all netting options” for the 2020 season. More and more teams are either putting in extended netting right now — basically foul pole to foul pole — or are going to in the near future. Given Friday’s release, I’d be surprised if there isn’t some sort of extended netting at Coors Field in 2020. It seems doubtful that they’d explore the options and say “nah, we’re good.” I personally think it’s a net positive for fan safety, but then again, I never sit in the areas that might soon have netting in front of them. But then again, I don’t sit there because I don’t want to baseballs flying at me.
The trade deadline is getting closer and closer, and nobody seems to be getting traded. So here’s more grist about players who are not rumored to be traded but could be mill. Richard Justice cites Charlie Blackmon as one of the “dark horse candidates” for a trade. We should be clear though, this is based on nothing substantial. Justice speculates that Blackmon could yield the Rockies young, controllable pitching, which is something everyone needs.
If I asked you, what was the worst trade the Rockies ever made based on WAR gained against WAR lost, you probably wouldn’t come up with the answer provided in this article. Based on that measure, it took place in 1993, when the Rockies traded Andy Ashby, Brad Ausmus, and Doug Bochtler to the Padres in return for Bruce Hurst and Greg Harris.
The Rockies traded away 42.3 WAR and got -2.5 in return.
Not only is this perhaps the worst trade in Rockies history, it might also be the most confounding. Why in the world would the 36-62 Rockies trade young players (Ausmus and Ashby were 24, Bochtler 22) to the 38-62 Padres for old guys — Hurst was 35 at the time of the trade! This was a swindle.
This is a really great profile of Mike Tauchman, and it’s worth reading for that. Beyond that though, there are some really interesting tidbits about Tauchman’s time in Colorado. He says that the Rockies only this season started using outfield positioning cards, which is something he states has helped him excel in the outfield for the Yankees (he’s their best defender based on Outs Above Average). This quote is also worth noting: “Tauchman sees now that he was putting too much pressure on himself in the limited playing opportunities in Colorado.”
It’s anecdotal evidence, sure, but limited playing time for position players who, in turn, feel more pressure to perform, and thus hurt themselves and their development, is something Rockies fans have grumbled about for a long time. In New York, Tauchman developed a routine, comfortable, and playing with freedom he probably didn’t have in Colorado. After reading this, I feel like I didn’t value our Speedy Leg Boy as much as I should have.
Oh, and in case you’re wondering, there’s also this:
In light of Troy Tulowtizki’s retirement from Major League Baseball, Hayden Kane looks back on the career that was, and the one that wasn’t, for Tulo. It’s hard to underestimate just how good Tulo was when he was at his peak. He had the talent to be an all-timer, but you know exactly what got in the way of that. As far as pure talent goes, I’d put him right next to Larry Walker as the two best players to ever play for the Rockies. I hope he enjoys the fruits of his retirement.
On the farm
It was a pretty quiet day on the farm. Ryan Vilade had a couple hits, including a double, for Lancaster. 2019 first round pick Michael Toglia had two hits, both singles, for the Hawks, and the Rockies second rounder Aaron Schunk outdid him with three hits, also all singles.
Triple-A: Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Salt Lake Bees: PPD