There are several new faces in the Colorado Rockies clubhouse and while it may be hard for fans to adjust to the new roster, imagine having to uproot your entire life as a player.
So far the change of scenery has been a welcomed one for Kris Bryant who came over in free agency to play left field (another welcomed change for Bryant), to Randal Grichuk who was traded just before the season started for a long time Rockie Raimel Tapia but already had a lot of connections with the team. Pitcher Chad Kuhl, who came over from the Pirates in free agency, might be enjoying his move more than anyone so far with a 2-0 record in three games with a 1.10 ERA.
Regardless, no one has more experience in that clubhouse than manager Bud Black. He spoke with the media, including Rox Pile’s Noah Yingling in Detroit for their series against the Tigers last Sunday and he talked about how he experienced change throughout his career and how his new players are adapting to playing in Denver.
Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black thinks it has been an easy transition for the new players to the team
Before Bud Black was a manager for the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies, he was primarily a starting pitcher most notably for the Kansas City Royals but some other teams as well. He spoke effectively about what hit him most when he was traded. He had plenty of experience with it as he was traded three times.
"“When you get traded, I think that, initially, emotionally, it affects you more than anything, especially leaving your first team,” Black said."