Best of the rest: The Rockies love their veterans
The Rockies love their veteran players and often times, that’s to a fault. Sometimes, they hold on to them too long or play them in an everyday role too long despite having younger players waiting in the wings.
In recent years, that has been showcased with Daniel Murphy and Ian Desmond when they had guys like Brendan Rodgers, Josh Fuentes, Garrett Hampson, Sam Hilliard, Raimel Tapia, and Ryan McMahon (who could have moved positions to accomdate the playing of others) waiting in the wings.
But there are plenty of other instances where this has happened with the Rockies.
Best of the rest: The Rockies have always done this.
Even in the days of Bob Gebhard and Dan O’Dowd being the Rockies GM, the Rockies have always done this.
You can point to Bryn Smith, Ron Gant, Greg Vaughn, Vinny Castilla, Steve Reed, Jeff Fassero, Turk Wendell, Roy Oswalt, Todd Zeile, Steve Finley, and Dale Murphy just to name some off the top of my head.
Nearly all of them were former All-Stars and all of them were in the twilight of their careers. Some faded away … but some played well (e.g. Castilla and Reed) for the Rockies.
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