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August 24, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Rockies and Real Home Run Hitters


Sam Miller

Giancarlo Stanton's recent rampage against the Rockies inspires two questions: Have the Rockies ever had a "real" power hitter? And if not, why the heck haven't they?

We'll start as soon as Giancarlo Stanton's home run in Coors Field from last Friday night lands.


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Is the Jays' now more-expensive lineup going to deliver value against Clay Buchholz? Will the Braves-Mets game be the start of a season-long battle between the two teams?

Today's Full Slate of Games

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Skip nature versus nurture, let's talk environments and outcomes.

Lots of people are excited to see the Colorado Rockies in the World Series, but statheads are probably watching this series with a special glint of joy in their eyes. You see, for the past fifteen years, the Rockies have been the focus of one of the great inquiries in baseball-how do you win at altitude? Performance analysis can be defined as the study of baseball in context, and since 1993, the city of Denver has given the major leagues one of the most fascinating contexts in its history: a relentless high-run environment.

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Jeff Cirillo's comments about the baseballs used at Coors Field were right on the money.

The Associated Press reported a story yesterday that pushed me to do research I'd been wanting to do for a while. Tuesday afternoon, Brewers utility infielder Jeff Cirillo pointed out what should have been obvious for some time: that the Rockies' use of a humidor for storing game balls has gone past the point of a minor correction for atmospheric conditions and become a means to creating a pitchers' park. Cirillo cited little more than the way a ball felt in his hand and second-hand comments by his teammates, but he did add this:

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March 23, 2005 12:00 am

Team Health Reports: Colorado Rockies


Will Carroll

The Rockies have gone to a youth movement, but injury troubles remain.


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In Baseball Prospectus 2002, Joe Sheehan wrote:

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Just read your "Doctoring the Numbers" piece on the sucking Rockies. It would be good to see how non-Rockies teams fare on road trips. Perhaps fatigue, stinky underwear, the cumulative effects of restaurant food or some other aspect that builds over a road trip makes all teams hit significantly worse later in a road trip. And perhaps the "adjusting to hitting outside of Coors" effect does ameliorate this unspecified "long road trip" effect.

In other (simpler) words, you left out the control group.

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