With Avalanche victory, it’s clear that Rockies fans deserve better

On Sunday, as the Colorado Avalanche won their first Stanley Cup in 21 years, the Rockies flew home to Denver from Minneapolis after going 1-5 and 10-55 with runners in goal position on their road trip. Their record is 31-42 (12-23 away from Coors Field), and they have sole possession of the NL West basement.

Consider some specifics. The team, which plays half of its games at Coors Field, has hit 64 home runs — 23rd in baseball. Additionally, they have the second-highest GB% (46.6%), just behind the Nationals (46.8%). So the team that benefits most from getting the ball up in the air actually can’t get the ball up in the air. Those problems are compounded by not hitting the ball hard — the Rockies are 24th with a HH% of 28.1%. They have the fewest stolen bases with the Twins and only four players have a wRC+ of more than 100.

You might want to look at the defense stats. The Rockies lead the league with 58 errors — and it’s not close. (The Pirates are second after committing 53 errors.) They are 21st in DRS (-2) and 27th in Outs Above Average (-18). The Rockies, always a team with excellent central defense, are too often beset by defensive errors.

Initial pitching was uneven while the bullpen has the second-highest ERA in baseball.

The Rockies just never seem to get the parts to work.

They are heading towards their fourth straight losing season and the post-season trips of 2017 and 2018 are distant memories. Cornerstone players have left (e.g. Nolan Arenado, Trevor Story and Jon Gray), and who can blame them?

Colorado Rockies fans deserve better.

It’s not about money. This year, the Monforts have shown their willingness to spend — and while it’s too early to rate Kris Bryant’s contract (7-year, $182 million), early results aren’t promising. Echoes of Ian Desmond, anyone? Additionally, the Rays are consistently able to create winning teams while spending fewer resources, so it’s not a question of spending the money. It’s more about how that money is spent.

This is also about player development and an island system that refuses to evolve and welcome new ideas. I just finished reading Pedro Mouras How to Beat a Broken Game: The Rise of the dodgers in a league on the brink. (Look for a review in July.) As a Rockies fan, it would be impossible to read this book knowing what we already know about the Dodgers’ system and the way it has influenced other organizations in baseball , and to see the Rockies as an aggressive team.

To put it bluntly, the Colorado Rockies are a cash cow. Right now, the Rockies rank eighth in MLB attendance with an average attendance of 31,797. It turns out that a baseball team with a consistent losing record still draws crowds.

We deserve better.

I feel like I’ve been positive and patient, but I’m tired of “In my heart I think this is a good team” platitudes and beautiful pictures of Colorado sunsets with heart emojis and City Connect uniforms to keep those merch sales going. So I would like to make a few suggestions

  1. Fire Dave Magadan: No Colorado Rockies baseball team should put out numbers that bad, especially not in consecutive years. The Diamondbacks improved after his termination. It’s time the Rockies followed suit.
  2. Repair the R&D department: No one knows what’s going on in the Rockies’ analytics department – except that Scott Van Lenten is no longer on the team – but it needs to be empowered and allowed to do its job. The questions about playing at height have remained unanswered for long enough. Find answers and weaponize Coors Field.
  3. Conduct a distress sale before the close of trading: This is new to me, but I’ve seen enough. Except for the starting rotation (I think these players are too valuable for this franchise), I’m willing to trade anyone. Of course, no one is going to take Kris Bryant or Charlie Blackmon, which is fine, but every other player – CJ Cron, Yonathan Daza, Daniel Bard – the Rockies should be willing to take trades that bring new perspectives to the system.
  4. Start letting younger players play: It’s time to see what the kids in Denver can do (eg Elehuris Montero) and nurture others in the system who are clearly ready to move forward (eg Coco Montes).
  5. #FireTheMonforts (from baseball decisions): I realize the default is #SellTheTeam, but let’s face it, the Monforts aren’t selling the Rockies. #FireTheMonfortsFromBaseballDecisions seems a bit more realistic to me (although it means a long hashtag).

Rockies fans want this:

And the:

Except for Kyle Freeland, Germán Márquez and the Commissioner’s Trophy. However, the reality is somewhat different.

After the Avs won the Stanley Cup, @jenfrmthblck tweeted this amazing image capturing the celebrations in LoDo:

Don’t miss Coors Field in the background, a memorial to a team that didn’t win an NL West Pennant or a World Series game.

It doesn’t have to be. In 2016-2017, the Avalanche had the worst team in hockey, scoring just 48 points. Now the Avs are bringing the Stanley Cup home to Denver at the age of 23 Cale Makar sets the hockey world on fire.

The Nuggets have been in the playoffs since 2018 and have the greatest basketball player in the world in Nikola Jokić.

When they have a healthy squad again they will be impressive.

Let’s not forget that the Broncos have signed Russell Wilson, so there’s hope in the air.

It’s time the Rockies took steps to win a World Series and not just have owner introduce Kris Bryant and say, “The goal is to win the World Series.” There’s no point in talking. action does.

It’s about time the Rockies got serious.

Denver is a great sports city and we all deserve better.

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