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Fun Facts About Manuel Corpas

Earlier I wrote about Rob Scahill. Now Corpas. Call it “mediocre reliever Saturday,” only on Rox Pile!

Manuel Corpas is a professional pitcher for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. He is in his second stint with the Rockies. In his first he was a hero on the 2007 Rocktober team. In his second he is inconsistent and a borderline Major League arm at best. After all, he had an ERA north of 5.00 in Colorado Springs before being promoted to the big league roster this week.

Manuel Corpas still wears #60. He still looks like the Cookie Monster. He still has a wicked slider when it’s right. Here are more tidbits about the man they used to call “Manny.”

On Thursday night he laid down the first sacrifice bunt of his illustrious seven year career.

He has zero career hits, but that should change with increased opportunities this season. Walt Weiss has a distinct knack for giving his relief pitchers a chance to swing the bat.

In related news, Corpas sways his hips in the batter’s box (if you weren’t watching Thursday’s game this means nothing to you. If you were you know what I’m talking about and it must be mentioned).

In 2007 Corpas took over the closer’s role and Brian Fuentes shifted into a set-up role. I hope you’re paying attention, Rafael Betancourt.

Speaking of that 2007 season, did you know Corpas only saved 19 games that season? Fuentes saved 20 that year. Oh how the memories of the winning streak have revised that history. For my part I was certain that Corpas saved 30+ games that year.

Corpas has 34 career saves.

Corpas made one of the finest defensive plays in Rockies’ history to extend that Rocktober winning streak.

Corpas’s jersey will always be baggy and we learned the other night that he likes to draw in the dirt when he is nervous. His adaptability is admirable as he has spent the last number of years trying to re-invent himself as a long reliever after flopping as a closer. How long that will work for him in 2013 remains to be seen, but while he is here it sure is entertaining.

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