The weekend is a great time to kick back and reflect on the week. This Week in Purple is the best place to catch up on the news and articles from our team here at Purple Row. You’ll find links to our Rockpiles and other content below as well as a platform for community discussion in the comments.
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It just felt like a good day for a David Bowie classic.
The Colorado Rockies, having survived some serious ridicule after sitting out the 2022 trade deadline, got the Hot Stove Season started on Sunday by trading Sam Hilliard to Atlanta for pitcher Dylan Spain.
And they were just getting started.
And that was before the Rockies announced on Monday that they had promoted Warren Schaeffer to third base coach and hired former Yankees assistant hitting coach Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens.
The #Rockies announced their 2023 coaching staff, featuring plenty of familiar faces from 2022 and the new additions of Hensley Meulens as hitting coach and Warren Schaeffer as third base coach. https://t.co/VWy8uW3hfz— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) November 7, 2022
Yes, reader, it really happened: The Rockies hired someone from outside the organization. (More in a minute.)
And they began making roster moves:
The Rockies announced today the following roster moves:— Rockies Club Information (@RockiesClubInfo) November 9, 2022
- C Dom Nuñez has been claimed off waivers by San Francisco
- OF Ryan Vilade has been claimed off waivers by Pittsburgh
- LHP Ty Blach, LHP Helcris Olivarez and OF Wynton Bernard have been outrighted off the 40-man roster.
Yesterday, news dropped that they had signed José Ureña to a one-year, $3.5 million contract:
As the Rockies begin looking to the 2023 season, here are some of last week’s articles from Purple Row:
- The Rockies need to work on their pitching staff, and Kenneth Weber has five suggestions.
The Rockies need help in the rotation but likely aren’t willing to spend much to get it. Here are five options they could consider that should fit within their budget. https://t.co/IpheYhCwUJ— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) November 7, 2022
- Paul Elliott reconsiders the 2000 MVP vote.
A look back at the 2000 season MVP. Did voters select the correct MVP that year? https://t.co/Gn8CMggh0Z— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) November 8, 2022
- Want to know more about Hensley “Bam Bam” Muelens? Skyler Timmins has the details.
With the need to boost the offense and find a new voice to establish a new philosophy of hitting, the #Rockies have turned to Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens to crack the case of the missing offense. Will the move pay off? https://t.co/C2Ixt1gdzD— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) November 9, 2022
- Evan Lang does a deep dive into the Rockies’ most recent roster moves.
- Joelle Milholm has some tough advice for Bill Schmidt: It’s time to trade CJ Cron.
The Rockies need to end the Cron Zone era in order to give Michael Toglia and Elehuris Montero more playing time to develop and because Cron is a valuable power bat that could actually net a decent haul in a trade. Would Bill Schmidt ever do it? https://t.co/w7VoLcSJMF— Purple Row (@PurpleRow) November 11, 2022
Ranking the Rockies
And our “Ranking the Rockies” series continues. This week we covered:
- No. 21, Randal Grichuk
- No. 20, Austin Gomber
- No. 19, Jake Bird
- No. 18, Dinelson Lamet
- No. 17, Sam Hilliard
You can read the entire thread here.
Zac Veen continues to absolutely shine:
️ ! ! !— Spokane Indians (@spokaneindians) November 9, 2022
Congrats to @ZacVeen on being named MVP of the Northwest League! The @Rockies top prospect led the league in steals (50) and runs (72) and ranked among the league's top five in RBI (60), on-base percentage (.368), and OPS (.807). #GoSpo pic.twitter.com/jwMoxdzPgU
In addition, Wynton Bernard and Sean Bouchard were also named Pacific Coast League All-Stars. (And then the Rockies subsequently removed Bernard from their 40-man roster…..)
No Tweet of the Week this time. The whole Twitterpocalype is just too sad.
Have a great weekend, everyone. Keep an eye on the Hot Stove, and we’ll be back with new articles on Monday!
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