Two sentences by Nolan Arenado, and a statement to enrage the flame of trade conversation far more than what general manager Jeff Bridich did to extinguish it: “I really don’t care what’s being said. I just know that I feel disrespected over there.”
Bridich addressed the media Monday afternoon and finally gave the public some information about the Arenado rumors, saying the beloved third baseman will remain in a Colorado uniform indefinitely. Bridich got a response that was the opposite of favorable by Arenado, and the last thing a front office wants is a star player feeling a sense of disrespect.
Bridich’s comments continue a sense of unknown direction for where the team will be headed. If one direction is confirmed, however, it is the direction inward through Coors Field gates where swarms of Rockies fans come to see their star player. The decision to retain Arenado might just be a way to keep selling tickets for an indefinite period of time, as the lucrative contracts for Wade Davis, Jake McGee, Bryan Shaw, Ian Desmond and company grow thin and new signings can be made.
In other words: Nolan Arenado, ticket selling machine for a declining franchise.
If you’re the player in that circumstance, of course you feel disrespected.
Arenado broke his silence on the matter the exact same day it was announced he’d be retained, and the timing of his comment may be more newsworthy than the comment itself. Not caring about what is being said can mean lots of things, but saying it just hours after Bridich’s announcement may suggest he’s hoping for a trade—or maybe trying to ignite the fire for one after it had all been shut down.
It can be accepted with relative ease that Bridich is working with little to no money. It still comes across that he’s done very little to avenge a downfall, arguably the biggest single-season decline in team history. He’s handcuffed by a thin pocketbook, moving pieces on a chess board without indication of any desirable moves given the current state of his pieces. Possibly the only move he could even entertain involves trading his best piece—or at the very least, making a conversation out of it so it looks like the franchise is headed somewhere.
If that conversation exists, it at least looks like his chess pieces can eventually do something—there’s a huge emphasis on the word ‘eventually’, but it at least comes with some sense of direction.
Trevor Story probably has some interesting thoughts about a lot of things right now. The shortstop awaits a potential arbitration hearing after his production was deemed unequal to where his team valued it. Now his counterpart on the left side of the infield is unhappy and feeling disrespected, too.
We’ll know by tonight if Larry Walker is headed to Cooperstown: MLB Network will display the Hall of Fame Class of 2020 at 4 p.m. Denver local time.
MLB Network contributor and all-around baseball media staple Peter Gammons revealed his ballot last night, with several non-Walker ballots to follow as reported by ballot guy Ryan Thibodaux. ESPN’s Keith Olbermann slammed Gammons for his selections, going as far as to say “It is time for you to give up your ballot.”
Gammons cited his no-Walker decision in part for “playing more than 142 once”, and in response to Olbermann, said that “misquoting and misinterpreting what was said is inexcusable.” Gammons must have misinterpreted his own self on something, too—Walker showed for over 142 games three times.
Rockies fans everywhere can’t be happy with Gammons’ selections either; both Walker and Todd Helton lost votes after Gammons had previously voted for them.
Given an abundance of unannounced ballots, the final range for Walker’s percentage is wide, and the roller coaster of speculation doesn’t seem to be coasting easily into the finish line.
If Gammons were really dead-set on getting people to comprehend his selections, posting his column for explanation on a pay-to-read site like The Athletic doesn’t seem like the way to get people to read it. Keith Olbermann uses the ample freedoms of an ESPN microphone and camera—and a personality that kept up with Dan Patrick for years on SportsCenter. Olbermann has the upper hand on persuasion for this one, independent of topic.
All that matters is 75 percent. We’ll know about an hour before sunset in Denver.
An avalanche of consecutive NL West titles in Los Angeles undoubtedly hits Rockies fans with dismay for Dodger blue. Both fanbases should most definitely agree on this, however: sign stealing is sickening, and nobody should be negatively affected in the way Dave Roberts and his Dodgers have been. Roberts broke some silence from within the Dodgers organization about the matter, keeping things professional and admirably brief.
Roberts had his high school jersey number retired at Rancho Buena Vista High School in Southern California on Saturday, where he spoke to a crowd on the matter when the topic arose. Roberts graduated high school in 1990 and was joined by two other former players in a three-person jersey numbers retirement ceremony; Roberts’ 10 was honored along with Jesse English’s number 14, a pitcher who spent brief time with the Nationals, and the Rockies’ own Tony Wolters, his number 9 retired as well.
An otherwise optimistic and celebratory occasion took a slight turn to addressing the sign stealing conversation. Roberts answered humbly, responding “It’s disturbing because you try and play the game with integrity, play by the rules.” He said he supports the punishments set forth thus far.
Roberts and his Dodgers squads in 2017 and 2018 were on the opposing sides of some serious Alex Cora sign stealing, assuming the Red Sox implications in 2018 were significant like the Astros the year before. If anybody has reason to be upset, it’s Roberts and his team. He responded admirably and brief: “Who knows if the outcome would have been different.”
Wolters also commented, saying little more than talking the abundance of sign sets he has and his intent to hide signs as best as he can.
It’s understandable to keep your cool in a setting where your jersey number is being honored at your high school, and it makes complete sense this wouldn’t be the time or place for Roberts to really strike a chord about it. Whether or not Roberts’ degree of anger is as serious as the Los Angeles City Council is up in the air; the council has looked into trying to get both championship titles to be revoked from Houston and Boston and sent to Los Angeles.