In preparation for the 2017 launch of ‘Operation Rocktober’, the Colorado Rockies got welcome news on and off the field. Here is your daily brief for March 30th.
Rockies Strike a Deal
Two weeks ago to the day, in this article, Rox Pile discussed how the Rockies’ lease agreement with Coors Field would come to an end this month. With only one day left in March, Erin Powell of KUSA reports that the stadium district and the Rox have reached a new agreement.
In the end, the two sides agreed to extend the lease for 30 years, paying $2.5 million to the stadium district each year ($200 million total). It may seem like business as usual, but there is one interesting development in the new agreement that fans should know.
"The team [bought] the “West Lot,” a parking lot that sits south of the stadium, which is now owned by the Metropolitan Baseball Stadium District. The Rockies have proposed creating a Hall of Fame there, or some sort of ballpark experience area, as well as apartments and offices."
Rockies Get Some National Love
The club and fans alike are excited for the coming season for many reasons. Firstly, the Rox have a line-up that can score with anyone, anywhere. Also, the team finally developing legitimate starting pitching talent in bulk. Also with bullpen upgrades in free agency. National experts are feeling the new look.
In this video, S.I. senior writer and famed MLB Network analyst, Tom Verducci likes the Rockies as his “surprise” team of 2017. After citing the rash of Spring injuries, Mr. Verducci still thinks the Rockies can play with anyone. But of course, you already knew they can!
Jon Gray Set for Opening Day
Although the club didn’t have an official game on Wednesday, there was quality game action. In a Minor League game, Rockies’ ace Jon Gray struck out seven batters in a ‘rehab’ start. ‘The Gray Wolf’ had tweaked his toe in action last week, resulting in his removal from the game. Wednesday’s performance solidifies the club’s assertion that Gray will be ready for Opening Day.