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04-29

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The Call-Up: Nolan Arenado
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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

04-02

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Baseball ProGUESTus: Which Pitch Types Work Best at Coors Field?
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Dan Rozenson

03-29

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Prospectus Preview: These Questions Three: The Bottom of the Barrel
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Russell A. Carleton and Ian Miller

03-08

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 156: 2013 Season Preview Series: Colorado Rockies
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Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Pete Barrett

12-05

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BP Unfiltered: Rockies Must Regain Home Edge Under Weiss
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Zachary Levine

11-13

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Prospect Debate: Who Are the Rockies' Top and Fifth-Ranked Prospects?
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BP Prospect Staff

11-08

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Manufactured Runs: What the Recent Trend Toward Inexperienced Managers Means
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Colin Wyers

10-09

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 58: How Accurate Have the Postseason Narratives Been So Far?/Not Jim Tracy Returns
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

10-08

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BP Unfiltered: Jim Tracy and the Fantasy of Indefinite Extensions
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Ben Lindbergh

09-27

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 51: What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 35: Is Coors Field to Blame for the Rockies' Struggles?/Are Fans at Fault When Teams Don't Draw?
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Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

09-05

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15

Pebble Hunting: The Rockies' Rotation, Before and After
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Sam Miller

08-24

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Pebble Hunting: The Rockies and Real Home Run Hitters
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Sam Miller

08-18

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BP Unfiltered: The Longest Home Run Hit Since 2009
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Ben Lindbergh

08-10

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The BP Wayback Machine: Bill Geivett
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Jonah Keri

07-28

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Transaction Analysis: Scutaro to San Fran
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Ben Lindbergh and Kevin Goldstein

06-29

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The BP Wayback Machine: The Right Team for the Test?
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Rany Jazayerli

06-20

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27

Manufactured Runs: Does the Rockies' Four-Man Rotation Make Sense?
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Colin Wyers

09-22

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Colorado Rockies
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Jay Jaffe, Kevin Goldstein and ESPN Insider

06-28

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Divide and Conquer, NL West: Home is Where the Wins Are (Not)
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Geoff Young

04-20

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On the Beat: Heightened Expectations
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John Perrotto

03-31

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Pre-Season Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

09-24

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Overthinking It: The Half Giants
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Ben Lindbergh

09-14

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Expanded Horizons: Don't Call It a Comeback
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Tommy Bennett

08-06

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On the Beat: On the Road to Where?
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John Perrotto

08-03

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Expanded Horizons: Rockpiling On
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Tommy Bennett

04-04

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29

Pre-Season Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-14

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Kiss'Em Goodbye: Colorado Rockies
by
Baseball Prospectus

10-07

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Playoff Prospectus: Phillies versus Rockies LDS
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Eric Seidman

10-04

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It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over
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Christina Kahrl

08-26

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Prospectus Today: The Rockies' Road to the Playoffs
by
Joe Sheehan

06-15

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Prospectus Today: Rocky Mountain High?
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Joe Sheehan

05-20

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On the Beat: Mid-week Roundup
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John Perrotto

04-06

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28

Preseason Predictions
by
Baseball Prospectus

11-17

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Future Shock: Rockies Top 11 Prospects
by
Kevin Goldstein

11-12

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Transaction of the Day: Taking a Holliday in the East Bay
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Christina Kahrl

09-02

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Prospectus Today: Another Rocktober to Remember?
by
Joe Sheehan

04-05

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: The NL Champions
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John Perrotto

10-24

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Playoff Prospectus: Rockies versus Red Sox
by
Nate Silver

10-11

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Playoff Prospectus: Diamondbacks versus Rockies
by
Joe Sheehan

10-04

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Schrodinger's Bat: A Rocky Mountain Retrospective
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Dan Fox

10-04

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Lies, Damned Lies: The Greatest Pennant Race Comebacks
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Nate Silver

10-03

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Playoff Prospectus: Rockies versus Phillies
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Christina Kahrl

10-01

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Playoff Prospectus: Padres versus Rockies
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Christina Kahrl

09-30

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Prospectus Today: The Last Day
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Joe Sheehan

09-25

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Wait 'Til Next Year: Success at Altitude
by
Bryan Smith

09-13

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Prospectus Today: The D in Denver
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Joe Sheehan

04-06

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Prospectus Today: Relief in the Mountains
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Joe Sheehan

04-02

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Preseason Predictions
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Baseball Prospectus

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April 29, 2013 2:15 am

The Call-Up: Nolan Arenado

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Mark Anderson and Paul Sporer

The Rockies pull the trigger on a long-awaited promotion.

The Situation: Rockies infielder Chris Nelson could not duplicate the success he experienced in 2012, posting a .242/.282/.318 line in 22 games this year, and the club designated him for assignment over the weekend. Nelson’s departure opened the door for Arenado, ranked third on the Rockies Top 10 list by Baseball Prospectus over the offseason, to make his major-league debut on Sunday.

Background: Drafted in the second round in 2009, Arenado raked at every stop through his first three years in the minor leagues. His professional debut in the Pioneer League was a rousing success, with an even .300 batting average and 17 extra-base hits in just 54 games. Pushed to the Low-A South Atlantic League as a 19-year-old in 2010, Arenado responded with a performance worthy of top-prospect praise, highlighted by a .308/.338/.520 line in 92 games. Promoted another level in 2011, Arenado hit .298 with 32 doubles and 20 home runs in the High-A California League. The jump to Double-A in 2012 proved a little difficult for him, as he “struggled” to the tune of a .285 batting average, 36 doubles, and 12 home runs. Through 18 games with Triple-A Colorado Springs this season, he was hitting .364/.392/.667.

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A PITCHf/x look at the type of arsenal that fares well at altitude.

Most of our writers didn't enter the world sporting an @baseballprospectus.com address; with a few exceptions, they started out somewhere else. In an effort to up your reading pleasure while tipping our caps to some of the most illuminating work being done elsewhere on the internet, we'll be yielding the stage once a week to the best and brightest baseball writers, researchers and thinkers from outside of the BP umbrella. If you'd like to nominate a guest contributor (including yourself), please drop us a line.

Dan Rozenson writes about PITCHf/x and sabermetrics for Beyond the Box Score and Big Leagues Mag. Follow him on Twitter @SixToolPlayer.
 


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The final installment of a five-part series on the pressing questions confronting each team in 2013.

In the week leading up to Opening Day, we're asking and answering three questions about each team in a five-part series ordered by descending Playoff Pct from the Playoff Odds Report. Today, we continue with a look at the group of six teams with the worst odds of winning at least a Wild Card. As a reminder, you can find links to our preview podcasts for each team here.

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Ben and Sam preview the Rockies' season with Geoff Young, and Pete talks to MLB.com Rockies beat writer Thomas Harding (at 16:42).



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The Rockies teams of the last few years made a talent gap worse by failing to take advantage of Coors Field. It's a priority for new manager Walt Weiss to change that.

The “best home field advantage in baseball,” as Walt Weiss calls the situation he is taking over as new Rockies manager, isn’t given out as a perk of the job, as if the edge were crowd noise. It is taken, and Weiss seems to understand that.

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The BP prospect staff debates Trevor Story vs. David Dahl and Will Swanner vs. a trio of competitive prospects.

As Jason Parks noted in his prospect rankings primer, this year’s rankings are the product of a collaborative process. Before each system’s prospect list is finalized, members of the BP prospect team trade emails about the players involved, enriching the rankings with their own opinions and perspectives. We’ll be publishing excerpts from the best of those discussions throughout the offseason, generally the day after the prospect lists in question appear. Some exchanges have been edited for language or trimmed to stay on topic.

Link to Colorado Rockies prospect rankings

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The Rockies and Marlins recently hired managers without any prior major-league managerial experience, and they're not the only teams to do it. Colin explains it all.

The Colorado Rockies have announced the hiring of new manager Walt Weiss, and it’s an interesting case study in what might be a new trend in managerial hiring. Weiss had a long and fine career as a player, split mainly between Oakland and Colorado. After that, he turned to coaching… at the high school level.  Weiss is making the jump straight to the majors from Regis Jesuit High School (although notably he has been a minor-league instructor and scout in the Rockies’ system until now.)

Weiss wasn’t even the most inexperienced manager under consideration by the Rockies; they were seriously considering Jason Giambi, who actually played for the team in 2012. Such a thing would not have been entirely unprecedented—through much of baseball history it wasn’t unheard of to have players themselves managing—but it’s certainly not very common these days.

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Ben and Sam talk to Not Jim Tracy about his resignation from the Rockies, then discuss how the narratives surrounding each playoff series have held up over the first few days of games.

Ben and Sam talk to Not Jim Tracy about his resignation from the Rockies, then discuss how the narratives surrounding each playoff series have held up over the first few days of games.

Episode 58: "How Accurate Have the Postseason Narratives Been So Far?/Not Jim Tracy Returns"

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A reminder that managers have short shelf lives.

Denver Post, 2/20/2012

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Ben and Sam discuss the decline of Ubaldo Jimenez and whether the Rockies saw it coming when they sent him to Cleveland, then talk about the Angels' off-season plans for Torii Hunter and Dan Haren.

Ben and Sam discuss the decline of Ubaldo Jimenez and whether the Rockies saw it coming when they sent him to Cleveland, then talk about the Angels' off-season plans for Torii Hunter and Dan Haren.

Episode 51: "What the Rockies Knew About Ubaldo/The Eternal Torii Hunter/Declining Dan Haren"

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Ben and Sam consider whether the ballpark might be to blame for the Rockies' lackluster first two decades, then discuss the annual phenomenon of attendance shaming.

Ben and Sam consider whether the ballpark might be to blame for the Rockies' lackluster first two decades, then discuss the annual phenomenon of attendance shaming.

Episode 35: "Is Coors Field to Blame for the Rockies' Struggles?/Are Fans at Fault When Teams Don't Draw?"

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September 5, 2012 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: The Rockies' Rotation, Before and After

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Sam Miller

How has the Rockies' four-man rotation experiment panned out so far?

In June, you'll recall, the Colorado Rockies announced that they would be going to a four-man rotation, with each pitcher limited to 75 pitches. Josh Outman was the first pitcher to start in the new format, and the consequences of the Rockies’ shift were immediate: lots of people became aware that Josh Outman was pitching for the Rockies now. In the Seth Smith trade? You don’t say!

It’s still too soon to say what the four-man rotation—with 75-pitch limits on the starters—has wrought, and will wrou... uhh... whatever the heck the infinitive of wrought is. Work? It seems to be work. Wrought seems to be the past tense of work. Forget it.

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