Morning Dump — Saturday, March 19th

It's official! Ubaldo is the best pitcher in Colorado!

Yesterday, Jim Tracy named Ubaldo as the Opening Day starter. It was the most unsurprising announcement in team history.

Jayson Stark has a really nice piece about Justin Morneau and his recovery from a really, really bad concussion. Last year, Morneau took a knee to the head while sliding into second and hasn’t played since. This story touches home for me. About two weeks after Morneau, I also took a knee to my temple and it messed me up pretty bad. My recovery was significantly easier than Morneau’s, but I still feel like I can relate to his situation.

But there’s no such thing as a routine day for the Twins’ first baseman now. Not yet. And there’s no such thing as a day that goes by that he can stop asking himself, “How do I feel?”

Fangraphs’ Carson Cistulli is in love with Charlie Blackmon — as am I.


The Padres are hoping that Jason Bartlett will help ease the loss of Adrian Gonzalez.

Kelly Johnson is in a contract year. This means that someone will pay him way more than he is worth next year. Probably the Angels, if I had to guess.

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Topics: Carson Cistulli, Charlie Blackmon, Jason Bartlett, Jayson Stark, Jim Tracy, Justin Morneau, Kelly Johnson, Knee To The Temple, Opening Day Starter, Ubaldo Jimenez

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