There has been a lot of consideration of the difference between last year’s Rockies and this year’s, but what about the differences in managing? Bud Black was among the best of the best last season, but this year that’s being questioned. It’s hard to say how much of the lack of success is due to Black’s direct involvement. However, this is a business, and sometimes there has to be changes to get results. Black has led the Rockies to some element of success in the past, so the Rockies might not want to fire him after one bad year. The players have respect for him, and while it’s easy to blame the manager, the terrible year cannot be blamed entirely on him. We’ll see what changes the Rockies are willing to make in the offseason.
Kyle Freeland has been one of the biggest disappointments of the 2019 season, but he ended the season with promise that he can be the hometown favorite we once knew. Despite injuries and other woes throughout the year, he came back strong in his final game of the year. He hopes to be able to maintain this for the 2020 season. He wants to focus on strengthening his body and try to carry this passion and motivation into next year.