With the conclusion of the Super Bowl on Sunday night, the spotlight now falls to the Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball.
Trust me, I get it. Football is seemingly always the focus in Colorado (after all, there’s never an offseason for talking Broncos, right?). However, for a brief few moments on Sunday night as the confetti fell in south Florida after the Kansas City Chiefs claimed their first title in 50 years, the realization that baseball season was just around the corner felt more powerful than it had since the World Series ended last October.
For the Rockies, next week will bring the start of official baseball activities at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick in Scottsdale, Ariz. With those activities will come plenty of questions.
What will be the next step in the relationship between Nolan Arenado and Colorado’s front office? And will it be positive or negative?
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Can the Rockies actually make owner Dick Monfort look like a soothsayer and win a franchise-record 94 games or more in 2020? Spoiler alert, the numbers make it look highly unlikely.
Can Kyle Freeland‘s change in delivery elevate him back to being one of the top pitchers in the National League?
Can the Rockies find a reliable fourth and fifth starter to fill out the rotation?
Will an offseason of virtual inactivity really prove to be a wise decision for the Rockies or will the strategy prove fatal to Colorado’s chances of returning to the postseason?
Can Wade Davis re-discover his fastball and finishing mentality?
Will Davis or Scott Oberg claim the closer job?
Can the back end of the bullpen be a strength rather than a weakness?
We have been wondering about the answers to these questions (and more) for weeks now. With the Super Bowl in the rearview mirror, we are finally nearing the time for actual answers.