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Rockies news and links for August 3, 2019

Rockies’ payroll will only grow in 2020, but will the team improve? | The Denver Post ($)
The trade deadline came and went for the Colorado Rockies. General Manager Jeff Bridich told Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post and other reporters that there was an opportunity to sell off many of the team’s assets, but that wasn’t the direction the team wanted to go in. Rather, Bridich praised the team’s “talented core.” He’s not wrong in the sense that players like Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story, German Márquez, Jon Gray and Scott Oberg resemble a strong group for which to build off. But it’s not sounding like there are any plans for drastic changes in the way Bridich goes about his business when it comes to building a team for upcoming seasons. As Saunders writes, “the Rockies better hope their ‘talented core’ plays significantly better baseball in 2020.”

Trevor Story Grateful For The Off-Season Help He Got As A Minor Leaguer From Fellow Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki | Forbes
While former Rockies’ shortstop Troy Tulowitzki may have burned some bridges on his way out of Denver, he still has a positive relationship and impact on those who have played with him. Arenado has spoken highly of his relationship with Tulowitzki and current Rockies’ shortstop Story went into detail with Jack Etkin of Forbes about Tulo’s impact on him. Story said Tulowitzki reached out to him after he struggled in High-A in 2013, instilling in him the necessary attitude of unending work ethic.

There’s Nothing Wrong with Baseball — Except the Production Values | The Hardball Times
At the Hardball Times, Andrew Stein addresses what many baseball broadcasters have lamented in recent years—namely games that are too long and the increasing rates of home runs and strikeouts. Stein argues that these aren’t the issues plaguing the sport, but rather it’s a lack of explaining the game from baseball’s broadcasters and lacking production values at ballparks.

On the Farm

Triple-A: Nashville Sounds 7, Albuquerque Isotopes 3

Double-A: Trenton Thunder 2, Hartford Yard Goats 0

High-A: Lancaster JetHawks 11, Modesto Nuts 10

Single-A: Asheville Tourists 7, Lexington Legends 2

Short-Season A: Eugene Emeralds 5, Boise Hawks 0

Rookie: Grand Junction Rockies 7, Orem Owlz 0

DSL 1: DSL Rockies 9, DSL Cardinals Blue 8

DSL 2: DSL Mariners 5, DSL Colorado 4