Thanks to a conference call with Colorado Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich and manager Bud Black on Monday, we heard the answers to three pressing questions.
Certainly, there is still a lot up in the air when it comes to the 2020 season for the Colorado Rockies and the rest of Major League Baseball. There are plenty of questions about the season and how Colorado plans to attack it. Luckily, we had three of those questions answered on Monday morning when Bridich and Black met with the media (including Rox Pile) for an hour-long discussion.
The first question was about Ubaldo Jimenez and why he was not included on Colorado’s initial player pool roster. The veteran pitcher, who has a track record with the Rockies and holds the franchise’s only no-hitter, was in spring camp attempting a comeback. While the nostalgia of seeing Jimenez in a Rockies uniform was there, the 36-year-old pitcher struggled mightily in his last spring training outing.
In all, Jimenez threw 5.1 innings and gave up nine runs on nine hits, finishing spring training in Arizona with an 8.44 ERA.
Those struggles are part of the reason, according to Bridich, why Jimenez is not only not a part of Colorado’s player pool, but also the franchise’s future plans as well. Colorado’s general manager called it a “tough decision” and said the decision was his rather than the player’s.
Will this be the end of Jiminez’s career? We’ll have to wait and see.