Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rockies News 11/23-11/29

It was a bit of a slow week around baseball, as the holidays are upon us and the winter meetings have yet to begin. So forgive (or perhaps embrace) the brevity of this post.

  • Trade rumors continue to swirl around Seth Smith, Ian Stewart, and especially Chris Iannetta. Iannetta is entering discussion because of the Rockies' purported interest in Reds' catcher Ramon Hernandez. If they make a deal for him, they'll be able to trade Iannetta for someone who might fill another hole. I don't want to lose any of these guys, so I hope these rumors are just that.
  • The only other thing worth mentioning that happened this week is that Eric Young Jr. was fired from the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan League. Initial reports said the reason for the dismissal was a pattern of lateness. I have to admit, I'm among those who believed those reports when they were first released. Since then, EY has issued a statement explaining his side of the story. If it's true that he was late to the game because he was concerned for his family member's safety, I think he made the right decision, especially given the situation in Venezuela. However, I think this incident raised a bigger issue. I don't think that I was wrong to assume that EY had messed up at first. Though other players report that he is very prompt, he has had some attitude problems since joining the Rockies organization. He got better as the season went on, but it wasn't always clear that he realized how important it was for him to work to improve as a player, especially defensively. He can be very sensitive to criticism and appear entitled at times. I don't say all this to attack his character, but rather to point out that when a player behaves this way, others are less apt to give him the benefit of the doubt. It's unfortunate that the Bravos let him go, and I'm sure there is plenty of truth to his side of the story. I just want him to be a little bit more mature and have a stronger work ethic as a Rockie, so that if something like this happens again my instinct will be to leap to his defense. This time it wasn't.


  1. I agree with you about EY. Appearances can be deceiving. That has actually been one of the issues with Stewart for me. Sometimes he seems to show little interest in the game or how he is doing. Where Fowler took remedial instruction to heart and changed his stance, I saw little change in Stewart's approach at the plate. I guess I want all of our guys to at least look like they are putting forth their best effort. I want some intensity even when we lose.

  2. You're right Anna. I'll be the first to admit I've been a little soft on Stewart. Fowler is a great example of a player who took instruction and made changes that really increased his impact with the team. I hope both EY and Stewart can find a way to do the same.