Get to know your Rockies

Back in December, I praised the Rockies for signing Troy Tulowitzki to a long term contract, avoiding a free agent nightmare, and making sure that fans throughout this decade in Denver will know who will be at short.

And now with a grand total of one full season in the majors, Carlos Gonzalez will be a Rockie for the next seven years, once again side stepping a free agent bidding war.

No doubt a lot of people (like The Bleacher Report) will kill both of these trades, saying they will be albatrosses on the payroll.

But I like them for two reasons:

First of all, as I said before, I like signing players that the fan base can get attached to. Baseball has such a reputation of being a sport where the stars all leave the smaller revenue teams. Why not have Tulo or Carlos stick around for a while and give the team an identity?

Secondly, how do we know that the salaries won’t escalate even more? This could be a bargain by the time 2020 comes around!

I remember the Pirates at one point could have resigned Barry Bonds for four years at $16 million… TOTAL.

They balked and later he went to the Giants for five years and $25 million. (Remember when that was a lot of money? Granted, I’ll take it now.)

If the Pirates had ponied up a little money in 1991, they may have had a contender for a few more years instead of blowing the team up after the 1992 NLCS.

Either way, Rockies fans you should be happy. You had one superstar, Todd Helton, play the entire 2000s with your team and will have two other stars, Tulowitzki and Gonzalez play the 2010s at Coors.

Stars you can identify with?
Stars who have already played in the post season?
Stars who are sticking around?
Fans who can attach some emotion to their favorite players?

WHAT A CONCEPT!

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Carlos Gonzalez could win the Triple Crown!

Am I the only one who didn’t know that?

I mean I knew he was having a terrific year… and I knew that with the Rockies doing their typical late season charge that he had inserted himself into the MVP discussion.

But I was about to write a post about Joey Votto and how his walk off homer yesterday may have been the walk off moment for the MVP. And I was going to list how his stats are so dominating and he has led the Reds back to the playoffs.
Then I looked at the Stats and in the name of Yaz, Gonzalez’s is having just as good a year.
And his stats will please ANY kind of fan.
You like batting average? His is the best.
More of a W.A.R. guy? He is #9
Hits? He leads the league
Total bases? He leads the league
Slugging? He leads the league
OPS? He’s in third.
And down the stretch while the Rockies have gone on this incredible streak?
He’s batted .439 with an OPS of 1.245 in September.
And as the leading hitter, he is 2 RBI behind Pujols for the league lead and 5 homers behind Pujols for the home run lead.
(I guess Pujols isn’t going away either.)
But is it possible that a player could sneak undetected into a Triple Crown season?
Now yes… I know he is playing in Denver which, while no longer the zero gravity joke it was in the 1990s, is still a hitters paradise.
And yes, his OPS is .359 points higher at home as compared to his road hitting… and yes I think that should be considered in the MVP vote. (Then again, Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati isn’t exactly a pitchers park either.)
Either way, one thing is certain… when the Rockies had to deal Matt Holliday for contract reasons, they got Gonzalez and Huston Street from Oakland.
Now THAT is how you get value in a deal.
I refuse to call him CarGo. That nickname is lame… we need to work on another one. A Triple Crown contender deserves a good nickname.

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