Casey Blake Released, Rockpile Change

BLAKE: Announced during the Diamondback game today Casey Blake has been unconditionally released.  Blake has been struggling with a bad neck and is only hitting .150 with 1 HR and 2 RBI’s this spring…According to a Thomas Harding Tweet, Blake was very gracious about the release:

I understand the decision. I appreciated the opportunity and wish them success.

ROCKPILE TICKETS: The team announced today that there will be changes to the Rockpile purchase procedure:

 

DENVER – Due to the high demand and to ensure a positive experience for our fans, the Rockies will implement a new procedure for purchasing Rockpile tickets for Opening Day, April 9, 2012.

The Rockies will use the same Ticket Lottery System they have used at Coors Field since 1995. A random drawing will be held to determine the order of lines that will go up to the ticket window for an opportunity to purchase Opening Day Rockpile tickets, based on availability. The drawing will be held at Coors Field on Saturday, April 7th at the Rockpile ticket windows located at Gate A. For fans convenience, Parking Lot A will open at 7:00 a.m.

The Drawing for Opportunity to Purchase Rockpile Tickets

7:00 a.m. Saturday April 7th, Parking Lot A opens
7:30-9:30 a.m. Outside Rockpile Ticket Windows, random numbered wristbands distributed
10:00 a.m. Opening Day Rockpile tickets go on sale
• There will be a limit of four tickets per person that can be purchased that day by those selected in the drawing
• Opening Day 2012 Rockpile tickets will be sold only by this ticket lottery system at Coors Field on Saturday April 7th.

Please note: Under this system, there is no advantage to being first in line for a wristband as all fans receiving a wristband will have equal opportunity to be selected from the random drawing.

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Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

I think it was the right move. Definately think Pacheco is ready.

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

Pacheco might be ready… but as an everyday 3rd baseman as the “insiders” were alleging on twitter? Don’t get me wrong. I’m a huge Pacheco fan but I side with Mr. O’Dowd and NOT JT on this one.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Ouch. The 3B situation is ugly. Pacheco looks like the best in-house candidate, but remember he made a couple of errors there in one game this weekend, and he didn’t exactly set AAA on fire last year. Plus if you play Pacheco at 3B you’ve got to carry a Wil Nieves as an empty backup catcher/roster filler. Nelson has reached the end of the prospect line. He hasn’t shown the ability to be anything other than a replacement level utility… Read more »

Ghoste
Ghoste
8 years ago

That’s too bad. I envisioned some clutch home runs out of Casey this season. Good luck bud!

Ryan
Ryan
8 years ago

Good call about the Rockpile tickets, that was an absolute nightmare last year.

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Agbayani,I agree that none of the players u mention are an answer.Unfortunarely,as one of the early Stewert detractors last spring,I now feel like we created an even bigger “black hole” than where we were at last season! I had hoped/thought Blake could comeback with one good year of .260-12hr-55rbi’s.Pacheco probably can achieve those numbers,but we are going to have to accept some compromised defense,and carry super sub to come in defensively in late innings of close games.That of course hurts… Read more »

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago

Seriously, is there not room to attempt to either a) develop a player like Pacheco or b)give a final shot to Nelson in the 8 hole of an organization that all but admitted doesn’t think they’ll contend in 2012? Both players have either nothing to prove in AAA or nothing to gain in AAA. If you don’t want them to play, then lets just get rid of them. I’m tired of stop gap measures like Lopez, Blake, Wigginton who make… Read more »

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago

I’m beginning to think there’s a trade coming for a stopgap 3B. There appears to be something of an excess in the bullpen and Rogers could bring someone in return who can at least resemble the power they need from a power position. I like Pacheco, but those back-to-back errors the other day scared me. He’s more of a super utility player. Besides, I don’t see how they can go into the season with Herrera, EY2 AND Nelson/Pacheco. Way too… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago
Reply to  Deep Purple

I wouldn’t get rid of my eventual starter in center field and leadoff hitter. Fowler is over rated I’m afraid. EYJ’s time to shine! EYJ will be starting in center field by mid June.

egossage
egossage
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I’m afraid you’re overrating EY Jr. I do agree with you on Dexter though! I’ve never been a Dexter fan. I say trade him now!!! He’ll never reach the potential the front office somehow sees in him!

Pooter
Pooter
8 years ago

If they are so convinced to roll with Fowler I would like to see him batting 8th. I would then have Pacheco hitting leadoff. Don’t have the stats but I know that Pacheco does not strike out often and seems like a guy that could get on base often. One reason I love EYJ so much is because my hatred for Fowler striking out to lead off a game and his on base percentage.

ProgMatinee
ProgMatinee
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I could go with moving Fowler to 8. I would then have Scutaro leado off followed by Pacheco.

Deep Purple
Deep Purple
8 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I’m not sure I could get used to watching EY2 at Coors in CF (without closing my eyes on drives to center and the alleys). He was a nightmare in left, so how could he be trusted defensively in a very tough center? I like him, at least certain parts of his game, and he certainly has history on his side, but EY2 is a man without a position, I’m afraid.

Agbayani
Agbayani
8 years ago

Prog, I can’t agree that Nelson and Pacheco have “nothing to prove” at AAA. We’re hanging our Pacheco hopes on 2 good spring trainings. As Allen Iverson might say, we’re talkin’ about practice, not a game, training …. In the real world Pacheco is a 721 OPS guy in 400 plate appearances in the most hitter friendly park EVER in the history of AAA. We ran Ian Stewart out of town for posting a career 751 OPS in the big… Read more »

Julian
Julian
8 years ago

I agree that if Fowler is in the lineup that he should bat 8th. If this is a seaon that is likely not to go anywhere, then I’m OK with living with Pacheco/Nelson/Herrera at 3B until Arenado arrives. I certainly don’t want to give up any prospects for a one year 3B. I would love to think that 3B is our biggest probem, but I’m more concnered about the 5th starter (and the whole starting rotation) than I am about… Read more »

GARY
GARY
8 years ago

Julian,I’m more concerned about the bullpen.What’s happened to Bettencourt? Has he pitched since he imploded a week ago? Shouldn’t he be starting to go back to back days to be ready for the real deal in 10 days?

Mike Raysfan
Mike Raysfan
8 years ago

That’s just it, according to Mr. O’Dowd, the Rockies have a huge investment in Pacheco as a catcher NOT at 3rd base. Mr. O’Dowd has stated an investment he is not ready to give up on. This whole 3rd base stuff just started last season. The Rockies are in love with this new super utility template they seem to have adopted. Trade EY? If you believe the DP or the insiders they have been trying to mover EY. It was… Read more »

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