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Rockies news and links for Wednesday, April 15, 2020

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I’m going to be honest with you: If I hear or read the words “COVID” or “coronavirus” one more time, I might have to pull a Wayne Brady (NSFW).

So I thought, “Hey, what if we did a whole Rockpile without saying those words?”

And then I realized I’d have to say them each once to explain which words we weren’t going to say.

So I thought, “Hey, what if we did a whole Rockpile and only said each of those words once?”

Welcome to that Rockpile.

MLB players, team employees participating in coronavirus study | ESPN

[Darn] it, ESPN!

So then I thought, “Hey, what if we did a whole Rockpile and only said one of those words once and the other one twice?”

Welcome to that Rockpile.

Some science people have developed an antibody test so we can try to figure out how many people have already had that thing we weren’t going to talk about. The science people think if we can get a better idea of how many people have already had the thing, then we’ll know how many people have had it.

As Molly Knight of The Athletic reports ($), the 10,000-person study group includes people of various ages, genders, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Knowing how many people have had the thing will give us a better idea of how widespread it is and the true death rate, both of which are crucial when considering how to restart life.

Oh, and good news about that too:

MLB Player Contracts In A Shortened Or Canceled Season | MLB Trade Rumors

If you’ve been wondering how contracts will be affected by a short or nonexistent season, take a look at this article. If you don’t care, please move along.

For the rest of you, here’s a quick overview:

  • Players will receive a total of $170 million for the time they don’t play, whether this is two months or the entire season. If they play, salaries will be prorated based on the number of games played.
  • The players association took a hit in the salary category in order to secure a full year of service time for major league players regardless of the number of games played.
  • This year of service time will not apply to players who haven’t played a full season, such as Bo Bichette. It also won’t apply to players who may have made their major league debut in 2020, such as Jo Adell.
  • The service time will apply to free agency. So Mookie Betts may not play a single game for the Dodgers.
  • Arbitration raises will likely be lower in 2021, but MLB says they won’t use shortened-season stats to determine arbitration raises forever. No indication of what that actually means, but I’m sure if MLB says it, then it must be true.

All In Challenge: Sports icons donate experiences to fight hunger |

If you have lots of money and want to donate it to buy food for people who do not have lots of money, you have two choices:

1. Just donate the money or food.

2. Participate in the All In Challenge and bid on the chance to donate money in exchange for some definitely-not-weird experiences that sports stars and others have donated.

So if you’ve ever wanted to play 3-on-3 with Shaq (opening bid $5,000), go golfing with Peyton Manning (current bid $50,000), or have Justin Bieber come to your house and sing “One Less Lonely Girl” ($10 to enter the drawing), good news!

Complete guide to 2020 Jackie Robinson Day |

Today is Jackie Robinson Day, which means that all players will be sitting at home in their no. 42 jerseys. You can watch a bunch of highlights from Jackie Robinson days past and some other Jackie Robinson-related programming on MLB’s various platforms (MLB Network, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, etc.).

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Ugh. That was way too much stuff about those words we’re not going to say (except when we did). Let’s hit the fun stuff.

Last week’s awards were both landslide victories.

Best Vacant Stare: Kyle Freeland

Maybe he’s being hypnotized into returning to 2018 Kyle Freeland form.

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Cutest Couple: Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado

This entire photo shoot was awesome, but Nolan’s face in this picture just sells the whole thing.

Photo by Rockies magazine

Side note: I can’t believe I neglected to include Nolan and Hi-Chew as an option on this one. I should resign my post immediately. (Thank you, chickenfoof, for alerting me to this grievous error.)

Nolan Arenado and a bucket of hi-chew Colorado Rockies

Today’s categories build on last week’s. Let’s start with the cute one.

Cutest Pet

1. Rookie (David Dahl)

Rookie the golden retriever before and after receiving a new toy Photo from @RookieGolden on Instagram

Rookie is an adorable little killer.

2. Benny and Kona (Kyle Freeland)

Two adorable dogs playing with a stick Photo from @konabear_and_bennythejet on Instagram

How could we pick just one of them?

3. Whistle (Jeff Hoffman)

Jeff Hoffman’s Siberian Husky, Whistle, smiling for the camera Photo from @whistlehusky on Instagram

Whistle is very photogenic.

4. Levi (Tony Wolters)

Tony Wolters and his dog, Levi, resting and recuperating Photo from @TonyWolters on Instagram

Together in sickness and in health.

5. Frank (Scott Oberg)

Scott Oberg and his cat, Frank, pose for the camera Photo by Jacquelyn Dahl

That’s a weird-looking dog.

6. Fish (Charlie Blackmon)

Charlie Blackmon holds a fish he just caught Photo from @chuck_nazty on Instagram

Fun fact: The fish is singing “Oklahoma” from the musical Oklahoma.


Cutest Pet

This poll is closed

  • 9%
    (36 votes)
  • 41%
    Benny and Kona
    (154 votes)
  • 34%
    (128 votes)
  • 2%
    (8 votes)
  • 4%
    (18 votes)
  • 7%
    (29 votes)
373 votes total Vote Now

Most Interested In That Thing Off To His Left

Almost every player has a Photo Day picture where he’s intently looking to his left. Why are they all looking over there? What’s over there??

1. Scott Oberg

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Scott just noticed Daniel Murphy is doing finger guns again.

2. Jairo Díaz

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Jairo is intently examining a carnival game to determine where to throw the baseball in order to break a bottle and win a large stuffed Pokemon.

3. Charlie Blackmon

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Nolan just informed Charlie that he’s about to watch A Bug’s Life again.

4. Trevor Story

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Trevor thinks he might see an American flag and is about to remove his hat and sing the national anthem.

5. Antonio Senzatela

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

Antonio is pondering if hitting Trevor with a fastball would making him stop singing.

6. José Mujica

Colorado Rockies Photo Day Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images

There’s nothing over there. The photographer told José to look serious and thoughtful, but this is as serious as his face gets


Most Interested In That Thing Off To His Left

This poll is closed

  • 21%
    Scott Oberg
    (25 votes)
  • 11%
    Jairo Díaz
    (14 votes)
  • 27%
    Charlie Blackmon
    (33 votes)
  • 17%
    Trevor Story
    (21 votes)
  • 16%
    Antonio Senzatela
    (19 votes)
  • 5%
    José Mujica
    (6 votes)
118 votes total Vote Now