While the Major League Baseball lockout may be reaching a critical point in negotiations and in the timeline for a potential pushback to the start of the regular season, we know one thing that will impact the Colorado Rockies in 2022: The designated hitter.
In our latest Colorado Rockies podcast, we discuss the impact of the designated hitter and the next move in the current MLB lockout
Our latest podcast is live and you can listen to it here. In the conversation, we cover a wide range of topics about the Colorado Rockies, including a reminder that the Rockies will not (according to general manager Bill Schmidt) be signing a player like Nelson Cruz, David Ortiz, or Edgar Martinez who is a primary designated hitter.
With that decree, some semblance of a roster plan once the lockout ends comes into focus, and gives a tip of the cap to playing long homestands at Coors Field. Schmidt believes having players get a day off in the field and slot in as the designated hitter during a, for example, 10-day homestand being played at altitude could benefit the team and players like Charlie Blackmon and Ryan McMahon, whose bats will be needed in the lineup but will also need a break from playing in the field every day.
Along with the talk of the designated hitter, we talk about what trades might be available for the Rockies to make, as well as just how aggressive Schmidt might be in his first full season as the team’s general manager.
We also take a quick detour to look at some of the former MLB players who should be in the Hall of Fame, as well as those who are often built up more than they should be. How much impact did a player’s era make on his quest for Cooperstown? We discuss in the podcast.
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