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Rockies podcast: Colorado’s second-half preview, MLB trade deadline approaches

In the latest In The Rox podcast episode, Jake Shapiro of Rox Pile joins The Denver Post’s Kyle Newman to talk about the what’s ahead for the Colorado Rockies in the second half of the season and what’s going on as the MLB trade deadline approaches. In the final segment, Rockies farm director

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Sky Sox “Name the Team” sweepstakes: What should the Colorado Springs minor league team change its name to? Here’s a list of five finalists.

If there’s one thing minor league baseball has in spades, it’s bizarre team names. There’s the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Hartford Yard Goats, the El Paso Chihuahuas and, of course, the Albuquerque Isotopes of “Simpsons” fame. Soon, the new Pioneer League team in Colorado Springs — which

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Journal: The Antonio Senzatela hype train rolls into Coors Field on Tuesday. Is the right-hander ready to meet expectations?

The Antonio Senzatela hype train rolls into Coors Field for its 2018 debut Tuesday, with the right-hander projected to start against the Giants following Jon Gray’s demotion to Triple-A Albuquerque over the weekend. Senzatela, who posted a 6.23 ERA in 10 early-season appearances out of the Colorado

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Journal: Rockies pitchers have to do an about-face at Coors Field

LOS ANGELES — The Rockies are homeward bound after a solid 3-3 West Coast road trip; one that would have been cause for celebration had it not ended with a 6-4 loss to the Dodgers on Sunday. Now comes a stretch when the Rockies play nine of their next …

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Coors Field of Dreams: Rockies’ Mark Razum maintains a baseball paradise in LoDo

One of a summer series about the Rockies during their 25th anniversary season. Today: the grounds crew. On this bright and shiny Thursday morning, Mark Razum is a bit bleary-eyed and in dire need of strong coffee. Two nights before, rain and hail had p…

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Rockies killer Barry Bonds — who tagged the team for record 54 homers — reminisces on playing against Colorado

In a quarter-century of Rockies baseball, no one has blasted more homers off the franchise than former Giants slugger Barry Bonds. His 54 long balls against Colorado rank first all-time, and he’s also hit the most homers at Coors Field by an opposing player (26). While the seven-time MVP and owner

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Journal: With Rockies’ fading playoff hopes pegged at around 4 percent, Colorado must catch fire to get back in the picture

SAN FRANCISCO — Now is the time to sound the alarm for a Colorado club laden with high expectations: If the Rockies don’t start ripping off wins, and ripping them off with consistency well into September, they’ll be watching the postseason from the couch. As of Wednesday, the team’s playoff

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Journal: CarGo says Rockies need to start rolling if they want to stay in NL West hunt

There is a belief within the Rockies’ clubhouse that the National League West is winnable this season. Several players have told me exactly that. But there also is growing concern that the chance will slip away if the club doesn’t turn its season around over the next three weeks. Outfielder Carlos

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Journal: CarGo says Rockies need to start rolling if they want to stay in NL West hunt

There is a belief within the Rockies’ clubhouse that the National League West is winnable this season. Several players have told me exactly that. But there also is growing concern that the chance will slip away if the club doesn’t turn its season around over the next three weeks. Outfielder Carlos

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Why Colorado’s most electrifying NBA prospect faces uphill climb from college to the pros

Andre Spight called his Nuggets pre-draft workout last week a “dream come true” — even though the former Northern Colorado point guard left yearning for more after his session included only a limited amount of three-on-three scrimmage. Therein lies the challenge for the state’s most electrifying

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Kiszla vs. Saunders: Should the Rockies give up on 2018 and start playing for next year?

Question: Should Rockies give up on 2018 and start playing for next year? Kiz: Well that escalated quickly. Not to go all Ron Burgundy on the Rockies, but they went from first place to a very dark place faster than you can say: June swoon. What the hec…

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Size has always mattered in the NBA. Today, it matters less than ever.

For as long as basketball has existed, size has been considered almost a prerequisite to a success. Consider how many of the dominant teams in NBA history had dominant big men — George Mikan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olajuwon, Shaquille O’Neal and Tim Duncan — at

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Bud Black ejected for first time this season following fourth inning of series opener against Mets at Coors Field

Rockies manager Bud Black was ejected following the fourth inning of Colorado’s series opener against the Mets on Monday for arguing an out-of-the-base-path call at first base. The play that drew Black’s ire ended the Rockies’ offensive threat in the inning, as Gerardo Parra lined out to

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Journal: MLB’s attendance is down 5.9 percent in 2018, but struggling Rockies remain immune to the trend within Coors Field

During two different April road trips, Rockies veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was already noticing the roots of a troubling trend across major league baseball this season, where attendance is down 5.9 percent from 2017 and those numbers haven’t risen annually for six years now. “It’s really

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Journal: Colorado Rockies’ best-laid bullpen plan is a disaster right now

ARLINGTON, Texas — Raise your hand if you saw the Rockies’ bullpen collapse coming. Be honest. When general manager Jeff Bridich and his front office spent $106 million during the offseason to bring in closer Wade Davis (three years, $52 million) and bridgemen Bryan Shaw (three years, $27 million

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Rockies Insider: Bud Black cracks a cold one after losing series in Philly, but the manager’s faith isn’t wavering

As the media herded into the visiting manager’s office at Citizen’s Bank Ballpark on Thursday afternoon, Rockies manager Bud Black poured over the game recap at his desk. His papers were split by a tall Coors Light, its mountains blue. He was detailed in his analysis of why the Phillies’

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