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1) Daniel Bard
The Rockies got lightning in a bottle with Daniel Bard.
Bard, who was 34 when the Rockies signed him last year, hadn’t pitched in the majors since 2013 due to injury. He retired and became a mentor/mental skills coach in the Diamondbacks organization for two years when he decided to try and make a comeback.
And he pitched well enough for the Rockies last year that he won the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award. He’s also the Rockies closer and most reliable reliever.
So, if the Rockies can get lightning in a bottle once, why can’t it happen again?
It may not happen again but with low-risk, high-reward signings like they have made, they could perhaps have lightning strike twice again … and even if they aren’t as successful as Bard, guys like Ivan Nova could be an innings eater or Chris Rusin could be a left-handed reliever in the Rockies bullpen for the remainder of the season.