With the season winding down like a tornado of destruction, the news coming out of Colorado is a mixed bag of disappointment, deliberations and determination.
CARLOS GONZALEZ’S THOUGHTS
Carlos Gonzalez sat down with Mile High Sports’ Chris Binachi for “Five Questions“, sort of a misnomer since there were actually six questions asked and answered. Some of the highlights included CarGo’s continued insistence that his numbers dropped because he wasn’t being protected in the lineup by the likes of Tulo:
Well, it’s been difficult….I had a rough second half with everything going on. I dropped a lot of my numbers because obviously I didn’t have anybody hitting behind me and I was trying to do too much because things weren’t happening. So that’s why my numbers went down.
He did go on to say he was overall happy with his personal season, especially going 20-20 for the third year straight, as well as making the All-Star team and hitting .300. His comments weren’t as positive when it came to the team as a whole (“Our record is bad. It’s one of the toughest years that I’ve ever played (in) with all the injuries and the way the team has been playing.“), the season as a whole, (“You know, we’re going to have rough years, and we’re definitely going through a bad one right now, but I have faith that we’re going to get better and we’re going to find a way to win…“) and his numbers taking a hit, (“(I’m going to) grow as a player and get bigger numbers.”).
His feeling on being a leader was also covered, and the fact that, even though he spoke perfect English and Spanish, he preferred to lead by example as opposed to words.
I’m one of those players…I show everybody when I’m on the field. I’m not one of those guys talking, telling people what to do. I just try to get on my routine, and as a leader, I just feel like when you’re doing things right, everybody needs to follow you and do whatever you do on the field…I try to help (younger players) whenever they need my help, and I just try to go out there and play well and demonstrate that everyone should play at the same level. Even with the Spanish guys, I’m just trying to show them what’s the way to get better and what’s the way to play the game on the field, because as a leader, that’s what you need to do I think, you just need to motivate everybody with their game and try to make sure everybody’s on the same page: to win championships.
His off-season plans are to spend time in Orlando, where he just moved to, and work out to get better for next season.
In an article posted by Troy Renck last night, it appears there is talks going on in the background for possible trades of Dexter Fowler and Michael Cuddyer. One interesting point Renck made was that his sources are “opposing executives and scouts.” Getting the pulse of the trade market via other teams front offices seems to be a great way to get information that hasn’t been sanitized.
The logic behind the two names presented has to do with Tyler Colvin:
The availability of Fowler and Cuddyer is related to the Rockies’ depth and Tyler Colvin’s versatility. Colvin, though he might miss the remainder of the season with a swollen left elbow, is capable of playing all three outfield positions and first base. If Todd Helton returns from hip labrum surgery, the Rockies will have a glut of players at first, where Cuddyer and Jordan Pacheco are expected to see time.
Atlanta and Philadelphia are both teams mentioned as possible suitors in the off-season, at least for Dex.
Renck also mentions that there was at least one other team that was willing to match the Rockies $31.5 million three-year contract, the same contract that has been almost universally pointed to as an overpay for the type of player he is.
TRACY AND GEIVETT MEETING
It looks to be a long weekend for Jim Tracy. As Renck reports, he will be summoned on Saturday to justify his position as Rockies manager in front of Bill Geivett, the director of major-league operations.
Monfort said on Sunday that no decision has been made. Perhaps as the team closes in on 100 losses (a magic number according to some), the scope of the meeting should become clearer. Tracy is still under contract for $1.4 million for 2013 and has a “handshake” agreement on an “indefinite” contract in February.
Word is that his job status is 50/50, a much better percentage than the team will end the season with. The handshake took place with Monfort, but Geivett apparently has “sole” recommendation on Tracy’s status post-Saturday.
At this point, (Tracy is) under contract. We haven’t discussed anything yet. When we get through, we are going to sit down after the season and talk about everything. That will be one the biggest things as we look to as far as planning and what we are doing going forward.
Geivett has worked with Tracy for almost 20 years.
In a possible sign as to how the meeting will end, Geivett has continued to bang the drum of “Coors Altitude Issues” more than anything:
There’s been a lot made about our pitching, but we are 14th out of 30th in road ERA. With all the issues, problems and injuries, we are in the middle of the pack. We have to get better at pitching at home. Coors Field is where we have struggled and at times where we have not tailored our games to. That’s our home. That’s where we want to be. To truly have home-field advantage we have to pitch better there.
Perhaps someone will remind Geivett that picking up fly-ball pitchers to pitch at Coors isn’t the fault of the altitude or “tailoring games”, but a distinct ineptitude on the part of scouting and signing.
Gee, wonder who’s in charge of that?
FILE UNDER “ANOTHER REASON THE ROX LOSE”
It should come as no surprise that the best player on the team last night, Rox rookie Rafael Ortega, is sitting tonight. Such is the lack of baseball knowledge coming from the “lineup master” Jim Tracy*.
(*disclaimer: should it be found that Ortega is sitting because of the massive welt on his shin due to being hit by a fastball last night, the previous sentence shall be disregarded!)
IN GAME CHAT
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