Spilly Announces Retirement

Fan favorite Ryan Spilborghs has announced he will retire.  Spilly spent last season in Japan hitting just .234 over 70 games.  In an extensive blog piece he chronicles his battle with the decision:

I’ve spent this entire offseason contemplating sacrifices and opportunity, weighing my individual desires and that of my family. What I’ve eventually landed on, and let me say it wasn’t an individual effort, was an agreement with my mind and my heart, that I am going to move on from playing baseball.

His time in Colorado was exciting, especially his walk-off grand slam against the Giants in ’09, and in very exciting news he will be joining the Root Sports team for game broadcasts.

I sat down late in October with several members of the Root Sports team, guys I’ve known my entire playing career, and guys I absolutely trust. Basically they offered me a chance to interview for the pre and post-game analyst position.

You can read more from Spilly on his decision to retire and join Root at his DP blog.

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GARY
GARY
6 years ago
Reply to  jaredean

This is the last year I can afford cable and this announcement may make me slurge and get the Rockies package.Love Spilly,his attitude was a real plus during the good and bad times.I’m also thrilled that Tom Helmer has found a home at channel 4.Many here weren’t fans when he was on ROOT but he made it fun to watch for me.How can one not think baseball when it’s -10F every night and a balmy +1 during the day.LET’S PLAY… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago

Does not fit under the column title but oh well. Shoenwies wrote this on ESPN.com, what do we think? I don’t understand why the Rockies are not claiming Brothers as their closer… 23. Colorado Rockies How they can get to 90 wins: Score 72 more runs, allow 71 fewer. The Rockies were second in the NL in runs scored, so they just need to improve the pitching, right? No, no and no. They need to score more runs as well,… Read more »

Pooter
Pooter
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

I do agree with him on 2nd base, not sold on DJ, was really hoping for the addition of Mike Young.

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Purple Row had an article last month about Josh Rutledge using advanced sabremetrics. Basically Rutledge is due to have a breakout year and be one of the better second basemen in the league when it comes to hitting. Rutledge way better than washed out Michael Young. That will free up DJLM to be the super utility guy as he can play second, short, and third well. You say should have moved Cuddyer to first? Morneau is easily a better first… Read more »

rockymountainhigh
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rockymountainhigh
6 years ago
Reply to  Pooter

Copied/pasted my own comment buried elsewhere: Baseball Prospectus came out with the latest PECOTA projections (play thousands of scenarios over the season and average them out). The Rockies are projected to be 78-84, good for a third consecutive year in the basement of the West. The Dodgers are #1 in the majors with a 98-64 projection, NINE games more than the next best MLB team. The funny thing is the Rockies are projected to be #1 in the National league… Read more »

sabrchip
sabrchip
6 years ago

I agree that Butler should be in the rotation, but not just yet. Unless, of course, his spring is lights out. That would force Geivett’s hand but I doubt we’ll see either him or Gray until after the AS game, if that early. Injuries may have a lot to do with their status, too. Still, I’d like to see both those guys get some altitude time in at the Springs. Maybe a spring surprise could be Kyle Parker making some… Read more »

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