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This Week in Purple: Hall of Fame

Colorado Rockies recap and discussion thread for Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3, 2023

The weekend is a great time to kick back and reflect. This Week in Purple is the place to catch up on the news from our team at Purple Row. You’ll find links to Rockpiles and other content below as well as a platform for community discussion in the comments.

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The 2024 Hall of Fame Ballot was released last week, so it’s officially #HeltonHOF season! Helton fell just shy in 2023, earning 72.2% of the vote. Will this be the year he finally gets enshrined next to Larry Walker in Cooperstown?

Otherwise, there wasn’t a whole lot of things that happened this week. But our writers still had a lot to say!

To Read (Rockpiles)

Three low-risk, high-reward free agents for the Rockies to consider | Kenneth Weber

For his Monday Rockpile, Kenneth looked at three low-risk, high-reward free agents for the Rockies to consider (as the title suggests): C Francisco Mejía, LHP Brailyn Marquez and RHP Josh Staumont. Marquez and Staumont would offer reinforcements to the pitching staff, which is still reeling from injuries and overall needs bolstering, and Mejía could fill the back-up catcher role that is now up for grabs with the departure of Austin Wynns and Jorge Alfaro. Brian Serven is still in the system, but he hasn’t played in the majors since June.

Projecting the 2027 Colorado Rockies | Renee Dechert

Last week, Renee took a stab at predicting the 2025 roster. This week for her Tuesday Rockpile, she looked even further ahead at 2027. Who do you think will be on the 2027 roster?

A Rockies History of Players from East Asia | Skyler Timmins

It’s posting season, meaning many players from Japan and Korea will be hoping to make their way into Major League Baseball. Also this pitcher named Shohei Ohtani is a free agent. No big deal or anything. For the Wednesday Rockpile, Skyler looked back at East Asian players who have played with the Rockies. How many do you remember?

Pioneer League baseball has a stronghold in Colorado | Evan Lang

This week, it was announced that baseball is returning to Oakland in the form of the Pioneer League Oakland Ballers, or the Oakland B’s. For his Thursday Rockpile, Evan looked at the history of Pioneer League baseball in Colorado, including the Rocky Mountain Vibes (formerly Colorado Springs Sky Sox), Grand Junction Jackalopes (formerly GJ Rockies), and the Northern Colorado Owlz (formerly Orem Owlz).

Looking at the Rockies problematic payroll in 2024 and beyond | Joelle Milholm

While Renee took a look at potential future rosters, Joelle looked at the Rockies’ current payroll and how it might affect roster decisions down the line. Namely, they have $47 million tied up in Nolan Arenado, Jurickson Profar, Dinelson Lamet, C.J. Cron, Randal Grichuk, José Ureña, Pierce Johnson and Brad Hand. They also owe Kris Bryant $28 million, Kyle Freeland $15 million, Charlie Blackmon $13 million and Germán Márquez $15.3 million. That’s a lot of dollar signs!

To Read (Ranking the Rockies)

Sean Bouchard made the most of limited playing time in unlikely comeback

Brent Suter was exactly what the Rockies needed in 2023

Doyle took the CF throne in 2023 and ruled it beautifully

Randal Grichuk got hot at the right time in 2023

In 2023, Jake Bird was the Colorado Rockies’ Iron Man

To Listen

Affected by Altitude: Holiday Leftovers

In this week’s easy, breezy episode, Skyler and Evan enjoy some casual, post-Thanksgiving food coma conversation. Where will Shohei Ohtani and other big name free agents go? Will the Colorado Rockies make any major moves outside of trading for RHP Cal Quantrill? What on Earth are the Seattle Mariners up to with the trade of Eugenio Suárez to the Arizona Diamondbacks? Plus it’s finally Hall of Fame ballot season and we hope beyond hope that one Todd Helton will finally be enshrined.

Weekend Discussion Topic

Who do you think will be on the Rockies 2024 Opening Day roster? Sound off in the comments below!

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