Blame it on the Tulo?

So you think you got it all figured out, eh? You’ve analyzed the season and the one and only reason for the lack of any sort of run at the playoffs lies squarely at the feet of #2?

It would seem that for the past few seasons the talk, invariably, turns to Tulo and his “disappointing”, “frustrating” and downright “pathetic” play at times, and how it is the magic bullet in the Rockies losing record.

Some would point out that it is his attitude that is problem, others his uninspired defense and the rest of the detractors would say it is his horrible plate discipline.  Whatever it is, bashing Tulo seems to be up there with slamming Dan O, Dick M and (enter current manager name here) in predictable practices of looking for a reason for the losing season.

So, what are some of the arguments and do you agree?  Does Tulo deserve the lions share of blame, or is he just an easy target with his extreme decibel F-word screams after a strikeout and high and mighty walk right past autograph seeking fans?

It is obvious his play at short lately has been hampered by returning too soon from broken ribs.  Why he rushed back to the lineup so quickly is a mystery, given that the team wasn’t tearing up the NL West at the time and a hurt Tulo is worse than a slumping Tulo, given that he usually aggravates said injury after a return (possibly on the diving 2nd base bag-tag tonight?).

Then there is the string of questioning calls and getting tossed.  It is almost like he was going through the motions with the arguments, looking to just get tossed without really putting any effort into the argument.  No waving of the hands, no red face, just a calm stream of words that struck a chord and it’s a “hit the showers kid” from Blue.  For someone who can slam a helmet harder than most, his arguments with umpires is extremely anticlimactic.

The Renck report, that Bat Cat pointed out, said that Tulo had his locker cleaned out during the off-season thinking he might be traded, which is pretty telling.  His, “Rockies Till I Die” like contract he signed through 2020 was touted as the perfect solution for the “team leader” and the Rockies.  Tulo, on the other hand and in the same article, says that the title of “leader” was pretty much pushed on him and he tried to handle it as best he could.  He seemed to regret being chosen to lead when he was just learning to mesh and possibly didn’t want the mantel until he was in his 30’s.

So, what is your take? Do you think he really is the failed leader of a team he never wanted to lead and just wanted to play his best on?  Is he to be blamed for the horrible 2012 season, mostly from his absence and accident prone ways, as well as the main culprit for the 2013 failed season?

Or is he just an easy straw to draw?

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Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Great writeup, Jared! I voted 0 % of the problem. Give me a couple more Tulos and I’ll give you a team competing for a playoff spot. I know the injuries have frustrated people, but Rox fans should appreciate what we’ve got: a great player.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
7 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

I fully agree with you, Ag. Winning teams have great defense, and there is none better in the league right now than Tulo and Aranado on the left side of the infield. The most frustrating thing this year has been the lack of hitting in clutch situations by the entire team, especially in games where the Rox have gotten better than expected pitching. Tulo alone cannot be blamed for this. I also agree with others that we shouldn’t get ourselves… Read more »

Doc
Doc
7 years ago

I voted 0% as well. I see Tulo as a barometer of the team’s psyche not the source of its problems. When I suggested a Tulo poll, I was asking “What’s wrong with Tulo?” and I still think that question is germane. A few years ago Dano talked about changing the clubhouse culture, but even though he got rid of Seth, Chris and a few other “whipping boys”, he did nothing to instill a winning attitude. Like RMH said on… Read more »

Agbayani
Agbayani
7 years ago

Doc, I see your point. Tulo does seem to have lost some of that old fiery approach — telling off opponents, maybe teammates too, etc. But I guess the other side of that coin is that he’s matured as a player. Is he a “leader?” I don’t know, but if the club was winning we’d probably be seeing stories about how he’s emerged as the veteran leader. I guess that’s a which comes first, chicken or egg question. I do… Read more »

roxnsox
roxnsox
7 years ago

I had to vote 25% (higher than I wanted – he’s not a quarter of the problem!), because he was injured and has since underperformed. Tulo 100% healthy and on fire, as earlier, and the team has a lot fewer problems.

I notice a curious lack of haters in this column today. Thought they would jump at the chance 🙂

Miketober
Miketober
7 years ago
Reply to  roxnsox

You may be mocking the “Tulo haters”, but notice how active the Tulo lovers are with their 1-star ratings of anyone who says anything negative about him.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
7 years ago

OK you asked. Voted 25%. Note, these all aren’t Tulo’s fault as much as things that involve him. 1) Was a primary reason for Hurdle firing. Mad at Hurdle throws the bat at the wall puts him on DL with hand injury in 2008. Dislike’s Hurdle’s attitude. 2) Received a premature extention that likely made it more unlikely the club would resign Matt Holliday. Second extention in 2010 was also entirely unnecessary and led to tention between the club and… Read more »

Bat Cat
Bat Cat
7 years ago
Reply to  ProgMatinee

(8) Poor role model for younger players not making a gazillion dollars. I used to like Tulo but now can’t stand him because of all the reasons Prog noted. From time to time we see a marginal player end up on the DL with an injury he didn’t know he had, yet Tulo is permitted to decide when he can come off the DL, and as usual he comes off too soon and then doesn’t play well. Why does the… Read more »

Rocky
Rocky
7 years ago

Great topic. I voted 50%. I know what your thinking, and I don’t blame you. But I like what ProgMatinee said. Particularly #3 and #7. You can nearly always count on Tulo falling flat when the pressure’s on. But down 5 or 6 runs, no one on, late innings, he’ll get a knock.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
7 years ago

I lay 50 percent of the offensive struggles on Dexter Fowler. When he goes, the team goes. Since getting hit on the hand bunting, he’s not the same. Plus he doesn’t have the fiery attitude of Tulo especially on the base paths. Running into second standing up on a bang bang force was inexcusable.

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

I definitely think he’s part of the problem, yet you don’t give up on a player like Tulo. When he does what he does off the field (and I might add, none of it seems to include the police department), you just have to hold your nose. What he does on the field, even with his faults, is what is important. Hate to say it, but I’d take Tulo over somebody like Dex any day. Flaws and all. Tulo tends… Read more »

IggyRox
IggyRox
7 years ago

Oops, sorry. The DiPoto story was discussed on another thread. I just got so pumped up at the possibility, I had to put it out there!

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