Posted on: March 3, 2011 8:11 pm

Charlie Monfort

It appears that Charlie Monfort's fall that sent him to the hospital was not too serious, and I'm glad Charlie is okay.  It doesn't hurt that the Rockies appear to be a changed team from the one that fans saw do very little right for more than a decade.  This is an organization that worked hard this off-season and for the first time in the history of the Rockies it really looked like our management wanted to secure our talent and give the fans a future to look forward to. 

In 2007 things looked extremely bright for the Rockies with lots of talented young prospects, but when Matt Holliday was shipped to Oakland it once again looked like we would not secure our own talent for the joy of fans in Denver.  Sure we'd made big contractual commitments to a few select players in our history.  The Todd Helton, Larry Walker, Daryl Kyle types, but in general the Rockies didn't spend on a very high level.  Now this summer they locked up Tulo and Cargo and brought back Jorge De La Rosa.  Ubaldo's contract still has some legs and post the Broncos McDaniels era, the retirement of Joe Sakic, and the exodus of Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups the Rockies find themselves the most star studded lineup around.

The Rockies rise comes at a perfect time for them to have a huge push of fan support in the stands and at the box office this summer and their investments will pay dividends immediately.  Hopefully it will result in the first Division Crown in Rockies history and maybe even another trip deep into Rocktober.  But for now, I would acknowledge that for all of the negative press the Monfort family took for being cheap, they have redeemed themselves and sending well wishes to Charlie can be done without also begrudging the departure of yet another Rockies star.
Category: MLB
Posted on: January 4, 2011 12:31 pm
Edited on: January 7, 2011 11:23 am

Valuable Cargo

The Rockies have had a huge off season locking up Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez to long term deals and coming to terms with Jorge De La Rosa.  If the huge seasons Cargo and Troy put together last year are an indication of things to come, then the Rockies will not only continue to be competitive with great run support but will have candidates for MVP and batting titles as well. 

The De La Rosa deal went through fairly quietly in the mainstream sports media, but the analysts tauted Jorge as a starting free agent pitching prospect second only to Cliff Lee this off-season before both players signed new deals.  Ubaldo Jimenez is still under contract through 2014.  What the Rockies are setting up is a blue print for long term success.  Many have considered the Phillies and the Red Sox to be the big off-season winners, but the Rockies are keeping their own talent intact and are securing their future without spending the money that Philiadelphia and Boston have thrown at free agents this year.

Doubters will worry that injuries or drops in productivity make signing these long term deals a bad choice for the Rockies, but with guaranteed salaries it's a risk inherent to the MLB.  Rockies fans have long bemoaned their ownership for being cheapskates, so as a fan it's hard not to find these mid size long term deals to be extremely attractive.
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