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Senzatela loses weight, reaps benefits, speaks poetic on childhood home cooking

Colorado Rockies news and links for Friday, March 6, 2020

Notes: Senzatela resists sweets, adjusts diet | MLB.com

Pitcher Antonio Senzatela has lost 15 pounds this offseason. A heartwarming tale of Senzatela’s upbringing takes center stage, as he reminisces poetically about his upbringing in Venezuela, his late mother, and her savory cooking.

His mother Nidya ran a stand in Venezuela where she made empanadas—a pastry most common in Latin countries. She would pack two of them each day for him to take to school. Thursday’s MLB.com article does a great job giving readers a look into Senzatela’s personality and the delicious home cooking he still cherishes, albeit less than before due to a refined diet.

If only Thomas Harding’s article came with Nidya Senzatela’s recipes for us all to savor.

Manager Bud Black addresses how he believes Senzatela hasn’t lost any strength, and how the weight decrease may allow for a quicker arm. It takes a disciplined approach to adhere to a structured diet, as anyone managing their weight can attest. Senzatela has plenty of help, as his wife has been doing the cooking—they’ve stuck to empanadas once a month.

He’s thrown three spring innings thus far, allowing one earned run, two hits, and collecting four strikeouts. He goes to work with mainly a fastball-slider mix, but he reportedly brought a new curveball with him to spring training. He is considered a favorite for a spot in the starting rotation.

Getting to know Marquee Network’s Taylor McGregor | Bleed Cubbie Blue (SB Nation/Chicago Cubs)

The Marquee Sports Network has been launched to cover the Chicago Cubs, and they have acquired former Rockies reporter Taylor McGregor. Her new opportunity in Chicago to help a big new network is substantial and worthy of praise.

Taylor is the daughter of the late Keli McGregor, the Rockies president who tragically passed in 2010 while Taylor was in high school. The McGregor family was raised in Denver, and Taylor was overly familiar with the organization with such deep family ties. Transitioning to a new team can understandably be difficult, but working for a channel with comprehensive coverage of one team to the extent of the Marquee Network brings prime opportunity as a reporter.

Alanna Rizzo, a former Rockies television reporter on FSN Rocky Mountain and Root Sports, took a similar position after the Dodgers launched Spectrum SportsNet LA.

The Cubs come to Colorado in early September for a three-game set.

Ubaldo Jimenez’s Attempted Comeback With The Colorado Rockies Is A Wonderful Spring Training Tale | Forbes

Jimenez speaks highly of his returned surroundings: “I love Denver. I love the fans. They are the most loyal and amazing fans I know.”

He attended the Rockies’ Dominican Republic complex to “straighten out mechanics” last summer. Colorado reasons as a desirable place for Jimenez to make his return due to comfort and familiarity, and especially when he could develop his craft under club watch in his home country.

Jimenez has allowed two earned runs in four innings this spring. His Cactus League performances will be fun to watch as he grows even more accustomed to a routine schedule of games with the Rockies again. An extended absence can bring difficulties in returning to form, but working into that familiar routine and form may reason he’ll pitch even better than he has so far this spring.

Sources: MLB officials visited Denver this week as part of Rockies’ 2022 All-Star Game bid | 9News

We had visitors!

MLB representatives were reportedly welcomed to Denver on Monday. They were showcased venues that would collectively house MLB All Star Game festivities in 2022, if awarded. Colorado has hosted the midsummer classic one time previously, in 1998.

MLB has adhered to an alternating-year basis of American League and National League hosts, with rare exception. That trend has halted in recent years; If Colorado is indeed awarded the bid for 2022, it would make for seven NL hosts over eight years.

Dodger Stadium will play host to the game this year. Atlanta will host in 2021. Host sites from 2022 to 2025 are yet to be determined. Philadelphia has already been awarded 2026, the 250th anniversary of U.S. independence.