Morning Dump -- Saturday, February 19th

Uh, the Pirates suck, Carmelo.

Today, I’m leading with an article about Carmelo Anthony. Why? The position players are close to officially reporting for Spring Training and I wanted to take a step back before we get completely wrapped up in the Rockies. It’s important that we recognize the absurdity of the Melo-drama and take time to appreciate the stable and centered Rox. Honestly, I just hope Melo gets traded soon. He can take La-La with him to New York or Jersey and we can focus on baseball. Actually, you know what? Never mind. Forget the link. No one wants to read any more crap about Melo and the quest to improve his brand. The entire situation makes me want to puke. On to the Rockies…

Thomas Harding spent a lot of time discussing Esmil Rogers. The Rockies are hoping that Esmil will follow a similar path to Jhoulys Chacin in 2010. According to Harding, Rogers mastered a unique circle change-up this winter.

Jack Etkin at Inside the Rockies checks in on Hector Gomez. Gomez is healthy this spring and hoping to finally get past his poor history with injuries.

The Denver Post ran a feature on Jose Lopez. It is becoming increasingly clear that second base is Jose’s position to lose. By joining a clubhouse full of Venezuelans, Lopez already feels comfortable with the Rox. Last year he struggled, but the Rockies think he can regain his 2009 form, when he hit 25 HRs.

Jim Armstrong reports that Lopez has been working hard at fielding grounders up the middle.

Christian Friedrich just wants a healthy season.

Finally, Troy Renck and Armstrong continued their video blogs with a tour of the weight room. It is a nice video and the weight room looks ridiculous, but I was really wish we could’ve gotten a little clip of Armstrong maxing out on the bench or Renck at the power clean station.

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Tags: Carmelo Anthony Christian Friedrich Esmil Rogers Hector Gomez Jhoulys Chacin Jim Armstong Jose Lopez LaLa Vasquez Thomas Harding Troy Renck

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