Alanna, Chatwood & the Cowboy

I apologize for the lack of updates last week, my work had a major training meeting and my part in it was quite significant.  In preparing for the week of training, I also missed posting a the last 2 Rockies Primetime shows on 850 KOA.   I’ve typed up a few quotes from the January 16th show and hope to have the 23rd and the 30th recaps up in the next few days.

ALANNA RIZZO

Some sad news for those of us that have followed the Rockies through FSN/Root sports’ broadcasts: Alanna Rizzo will not be giving her usual Field Reports this coming season as she has been picked up by the MLB Networks on air team.  I reached out to her to see if I could get some comments for the site, but after asking her new employer if it would be OK, I was told that it wouldn’t be possible.  She did say that she was very sorry and appreciated the request.  Hopefully they will let her talk to us after she begins her new job so we can get an idea of how she likes it.

I did briefly talk to Marc Stout about her leaving and he had this to say:

Alanna and I both joined FSN-RM during the second half of the Rockies 2007 World Series season.  The offer to further her broadcast career by the MLB network speaks volumes about her work during her time in Colorado.  She will be missed by many, and everyone wishes her well.

I guess if there is any silver lining to Alanna leaving, it will be that our good friend (and RWO contributor) Marc will have more airtime!

Alanna did post the following on her Facebook page:

I wanted to let Facebook Nation know that I be joining MLB Network’s on-air team. It was an incredibly difficult decision to make as I absolutely have LOVED my job over the past 4+ years at ROOT Sports | Rocky Mountain Region. The new opportunity with MLB Network is an incredible one and I’m extremely excited for my next adventure. Thank you so much for your support and please keep in touch. I will forever be pulling for my hometown teams and representing CO well on the East Coast.

Alanna’s last Root Sports appearance will be February 4th, according to the Denver Post article that highlights her move to the MLB Network.

ROCKIES PRIMETIME RECAP (1/15/12)

The second airing of Rockies Primetime, on 850 KOA, included interviews with new Rockies pitcher, Tyler Chatwood as well as The Cowboy.  Here are some quotes and notes from the airing:

TYLER CHATWOOD

What kind of pitcher are you?

Normally I was just a straight 4 seam pitcher and then two years ago i started to develop my 2 seam, which has helped me out a lot. Last year I threw a slider into my arsenal so now I have a 4 seam, 2 seam fast ball, curve ball, slider and a change-up. I feel like I challenge guys with a fast ball, but that slider is going to get me back into counts when I need to with the breaking ball.

What about Coors field, what have you heard and think about it?

You hear a lot of stuff about pitching there, but it kind of boils down to just making pitches. Just having confidence in your stuff and I’m not really worried about that. Obviously the ball is going to carry a little better, but you can’t worry about that you just have to be focused on committing your pitches.

What did you feel like getting called up at 21, quite young for most big league pitchers?

When I first got a call up, I started that night and threw one inning and they took me out in Salt Lake City, so I didn’t really know what was going on. After the game they told me I’d been called up and it kind of hits you all at once. You’ve been waiting for that all of your life and all of a sudden it kind of came true, the first time you step out on that mound, the adrenaline rush, everything going on. You know looking back on the season this year I’ve learned a lot and had a lot of fun and I’m excited to get a chance for the second season.

 

The interview went on to talk about his preferences between pitching near his home for the Angels vs on the road, and if the better road splits were because he didn’t like pitching near home. His answer showed that that wasn’t really the case, but it can be distracting at home with influences like friends and family that call up a lot, asking for tickets, etc.

The interview wrapped up with questions about his confidence coming in, his joining such a young staff, his knowledge of the Rockies, his height (comparison to Oswalt) and if he is ready to wear purple after all of the red.

Overall another excellent interview with one of the latest additions to our pitching staff.

THE COWBOY

After the Chatwood interview Tracy Ringolsby joined the gang for a round of questions.  Together they covered topics like

  • Bud Selig’s contract being extended two years (the Cowboy and the Commissioner are pretty close and he feels that with the money and success he’s had, plus his love of baseball, that the extension is a no brainer)
  • Smith trade (makes sense because Smith will be FA next year, Cuddyer made him expendable and getting 2 young arms helped – plus Smith will be helped from this playing every day)
  • What off-season move he is most happy about (Tyler Chatwood looks really good to him as well as all of the young guys coming in)
  • Scouting (many of the new arms are from first few rounds that the team has control of for several years)
  • Cuddyer (really needing his right-handed bat and his possibly filling in for Todd and taking over in a few years if Todd retires)
  • Last year’s failure (didn’t have enough starting pitching)
  • Nolan Arenado (opened a lot of scouts eyes because he got rid of baby fat, was drafted as first baseman but has worked himself into 3rd)

 

They wrapped everything up by talking about the up coming Fan Fest and how much they love that most of the players show up and interact well with the fans.

If you’d like to listen to the interview in its entirety, you can find it HERE

 

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Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Excellent summary, Jaredean. Chatwood really was rushed to the majors last year. I assume the Rockies will take their time with him. You guys know I’m kind of a stats geek, but here’s where the stats sometimes don’t tell the whole story — a kid is rushed because the MLB club has nobody else to turn to, he (Chatwood) doesn’t have time to perfect the secondary pitches he needs to get big league hitters out, and the results are predictably… Read more »

Wayne
Wayne
8 years ago

Thanks Jaredean for the update and info. While all of us appreciate everything you are doing for this site, I don’t think any of us feels you have to neglect anything in your life to post updates to the site. You do not need to apologize. Thanks for all you are doing.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Beyond the Monday night show, this past week, the KOA morning show had interviews with JT, players, and the trainer. All good stuff. I believe these are also on the KOA website for listening. I need to give a shout out to KOA. They had quite a bit of Rockies coverage this past week. I’m sure much was related to Stephan Tubbs participation in fantasy camp. What really surprised me was Mike Rice led off sports with a Rockies story… Read more »

Rich M
Rich M
8 years ago

Jaredeen, you need not apologize, because you have done an outstanding job developing this site for all of us. The daily articles, columns and fan posts should ideally come from some of the die hard fans that frequent this site. Just the time of the year I would guess, but you should not have to carry the load here all by yourself.

jaredean
jaredean
8 years ago

thanks guys – i appreciate that…i honestly love writing articles, posts, etc. and plan on it being pretty regular (for sure game recaps, etc. during the season), but would love if i had a couple of you that would enjoy writing that i could touch base with to get articles planned…i’ve been working with Marc on posting things and would love to have a couple of the regulars here that would enjoy writing (and feel comfortable doing so) to pitch… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I’m with the majority, Jared… I enjoy whatever contributions are on the site, and wondered to myself if you’d dare go on vacation this summer and miss posting! lol No apologies are ever necessary. I might submit some material to you via email sometime, but mine will be more about stories and memories of all baseball (obviously tilted toward the Rockies). I am also goofy enough (hence Iggy) to occasionally write some fun, off-the-wall thoughts. Maybe I’ll start thinking about… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago
Reply to  IggyRox

Iggy, I have played MLB.com fantasy baseball H2H on the MLB site a couple of times. I won the league title both times. I’ve also tried out the 5X5 or 4X4 formats. I like the H2H best and especially love the MLB.com format because you use team pitching instead of individual pitchers to tabulate results. I don’t like to play fantasy baseball if I have to use individual pitchers. I don’t have that much time to analyze the pitchers.

Liz
Liz
8 years ago

I too, want to make sure that Jaredeen knows that no apologizing is what should be. Anything you post/write/do is just gravy for the rest of us. Thank you so much and please enjoy the rest of your life guilt free.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Nice stuff. Thanks for posting. I really find this blog useful….

Did that sound like spam? 🙂 Go Rockies!

Jaredean
Jaredean
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Why a very special yes that it most indeed does thankfully you.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Many beat me to the no apology,have a life sentiment. The fact we are all here kickin’ it is testiment to your hard work and dedication.Plus,in just a few short years you can turn the whole thing over to that young rockies fan in the picture with you!

IggyRox
IggyRox
8 years ago
Reply to  GARY

You need to put a “Like” button on the site for comments, because I would definitely click it on this and other comments! Not a thumbs up or down… just a “like”.

roxnsox
roxnsox
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

There is a good core of Post commenters; once in a while the tone drops a bit ;0) I see some of you over there, and sometimes am curious if anyone has a different handle for each site. (Mine’s the same.) I’ll add to the chorus of thanks to Jaredean. Great to have another site, and it’s a good one.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

I feel bad for being one of the first to mention “eye candy”, but I didn’t mean it to mean thats all she’s there for. I do think without a shadow of a doubt the network will add a female reporter to the crew, its just the nature of the business, and frankly I don’t mind…and I’m not some cave man drooling here. Just don’t find anything annoying with TV people being attractive whether during game broadcasts, the weather, or… Read more »

Trip
Trip
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Ya know, I think Amelia would be good at that, eye candy issue aside. She’s pretty sharp from what I can tell. I used to listen to her reports when I had to drive to work. I work from home now, so no need.

But last I heard she is trying to duplicate, and complete, the round the world trip started by her ancestor. I for one hope she does it.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

Hey Prog and Trip. Amelia is now the weekend weather morning person for 9News.

Robb
Robb
8 years ago

Thanks for bringing this site online Jaredean. I will stop by daily once ST gets going. Baseball question; would it make more sense to start Chatwood at Tulsa? I know it is AA and not AAA, but I think CS can really mess a pitcher up. Much more than Coors Field.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  Robb

Robb, I was thinking that exact question as I read the article. Great baseball minds think alike!

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago

Prog…It appears that Amelia now has her hands full trying to learn the weather business…no time for socializing??

Jared…”The check’s in the mail”.

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

As to whether pitchers should go to Tulsa or CS, does anyone know what the holdup is in CS having a humidor? Is it a cost issue, or is there some other reason why CS doesn’t have a humidor yet?

Trip
Trip
8 years ago
Reply to  Julian

Julian, My guess is it’s a $$ issue. I’m sure they are not cheap, but at the same time, I would think this is not an area to be cheap. At one point the Rocks wanted their pitchers to have at least a few starts in CS, to get them acclimated for the altitude. But that park is a hitters park, altitude and it seems like the wind is always blowing out. A few of the readers here live in… Read more »

SteveinAurora
SteveinAurora
8 years ago

Julian, I believe that I read that the cost of implementing a humidor was estimated at $50k. Seems like that was about the time that the Rox (low-level) were in the process of leaving Casper and moving to Grand Junction. Funding conflicts?? At that time, I lobbied for changing the location of the AAA club to somewhere other than CS for the benefit of the pitching prospects (perhaps, the hitters…long-term…as well?). Posters…correct me if my memory fails (hell, three teenagers… Read more »

AaronFromTheSprings
AaronFromTheSprings
8 years ago

I would be heart broken to see the Sky Sox leave the Springs. The altitude isn’t the problem here, it’s the weather. Sky Sox Stadium is positioned perfectly to get battered by extreme weather including a harsh wind that blows out ALL the time. A humidor would do nothing to fix this problem. Instead, a new stadium is needed and I needs to be built on the west side of town. Keep in mind, as long as the Rockies use… Read more »

DrRockies
Editor
DrRockies
8 years ago

Only been down to the Springs for a game once and it was postponed but wasn’t too disappointed…. a couple of beers and dinner so could have been worse. I had heard last year (and some of the call ups justify it) that players are developed in Tulsa while others are in Colorado Springs in case the Rox need immediate help. While there are holes in this theory, I am not sure there is value in only thinking the Springs… Read more »

Bill
Bill
8 years ago

I’m hoping that MLB network puts Alanna’s talents to better use. She knows sports and is a good interviewer but Root Sports (and before that Fox) did not use her properly. As Dusty Saunders mentioned some of her clips were embarrassingly bad. But I’m an old fart and I really just want to watch the game. I rarely like any of the clips or sideline reports and I hate it when both Frazier and Huson join Drew Goodman. Two people… Read more »

Miketober
Miketober
8 years ago

I just saw on Facebook that ROOT sports let Tom Helmer go. WTF? He annoyed me at first, but about a year ago I began to appreciate his goofiness. I may miss him more than Alana.

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