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Colorado Rockies Year in Review, Christmas Edition


Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

To each and every person reading this: Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas! Following something we did here last year on Christmas day, here’s a look at what we were thinking about one year ago and how some of those questions look now.

One year ago we were still left with the impression that it would be a Jordan Pacheco and Chris Nelson platoon at third base while we waited impatiently for the arrival of Nolan Arenado.

Today Arenado is the third baseman of today, the near future and the long-term future. Even if not for exactly the reasons we anticipated, he made the strong impression we all hoped he would in his rookie season.

One year ago we wondered about the future for Todd Helton.

Helton retired, and today we get to enjoy some spectacular memories from his final month with the team and his final game at Coors Field.

One year ago we were left confused about how the debacle that was the Colorado Rockies front office could continue proceeding as they were.

Today we still wonder that, though to be fair, there is some promise in the moves made this off-season.

One year ago we wondered how the heck the Rockies would even fill out a five-man big league rotation (including discussions about Derek Lowe and the eventual signing of Jon Garland), let alone have guys pitch well.

Today we know that the pieces are in place to have a competent rotation and one that might actually be good. Jhoulys Chacin, Jorge De La Rosa, Brett Anderson, and Tyler Chatwood provide legitimate hope that this team could pitch well enough to matter.

And as always…

Last year we wondered if CarGo and Tulo could both stay healthy for a full season.

Today we are wondering if CarGo and Tulo can both stay healthy for a full season.

But hey, there are legitimate reasons for hope, so even if this team probably won’t be a World Series contender, that’s really all a loyal baseball fan can hope for.

Is it Spring Training yet?