Rockies Notes: Tulowitzki, Jimenez, Stewart

Despite slow starts from Ubaldo Jimenez and Carlos Gonzalez, the Rockies lead the NL West by four games. Here's the latest…

  • Jack Etkin takes an in-depth look at Troy Tulowitzki in a piece for Baseball America. Within Etkin's article, there's word that Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd and Tulowitzki discussed an eventual position change "at length." Tulowitzki will be nearly 36 at the end of the 2020 season, the last one on his contract.
  • O'Dowd told Dave Krieger of the Denver Post that Jimenez is completely healthy, just struggling to adapt to Major League hitters in ways he hasn't had to before.
  • Ian Stewart, who was called up yesterday, is back with the Rockies for the first time in two weeks, as Steve Foster of Inside the Rockies notes.

22 Responses to Rockies Notes: Tulowitzki, Jimenez, Stewart Leave a Reply

  1. I think Ubaldo will bounce back, he still has a million dollar arm with a good attitude and a bright future. Tough start to say the least but there is no way he suddenly forgot how to miss bats and induce ground balls. Patience.

    • East Coast Bias 4 years ago

      Word! Guy throws heat, and has such a weird delivery, I’m surprised he’s getting hit this bad early on in the season. Good luck to him, and my fantasy team.

  2. Tulowitzki is the best defensive shortstop in baseball, and he might be the best I’ve ever seen. If anyone can play SS at 36, it’s him.

    • Lunchbox45 4 years ago

      best ever? no way. very good though

      • Vizquel and Ozzie are the only two who I can think of. They both were incredibly quick, especially their releases, but I’ve never seen anyone who gets as deep in the third base hole as quickly, and has quick enough feet to plant and fire a strike to first base as Tulowitzki. Every so often I’ll be watching, and he’ll make that play about four steps to the left of the third baseman, and he makes it look completely routine.

        Anyway, my point stands. Having “the position change discussion” with Troy Tulowitzki right now would be like having the nursing home discussion with your parents when they’re in their 40’s. “You know, you’re not going to be able to live in this house forever!”

        • did you forget about ozzie smith

          • MB923 4 years ago

            Did you forget to read the 3rd word in his 1st paragraph?

          • Lunchbox45 4 years ago


        • Except that you are not signing a huge contract with you parents that involves the contributions they can make importantly dependent upon where they are living.

        • TapDancingTeddy 4 years ago

          Mark Belanger was the best SS I ever saw until I saw Ozzie. I’m still not sure that Ozzie was better to this day. Ozzie was quicker up the middle, but Belanger was phenomenal going to the hole.

  3. MB923 4 years ago

    Honestly, must Jeter and the Yankees be brought up in EVERY discussion? First of all, Jeter is not the worst defensive shortstop in baseball. He’s bad, but there are worse, including Bartlett, Betancourt, and guess who else….Hanley Ramirez.

    And while it’s early in the year, in case nobody loooked at the numbers yet, Jeter has a +0.5 UZR, 9th best amongst shortstops. Please note, this is not to say he is good, I know, like the rest of you, he is bad

    But honestly, why must Jeter be brought up in every single topic?

  4. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    I’m sure at 36 the yanks will still take him on to be their starting SS..

    too soon?

  5. People were having that discussion about Jeter 10 years ago, because he was already a bad defensive shortstop.

  6. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    do gold gloves and all star appearances mean nothing to you people!?!?!?!

  7. With Mark Ellis being snubbed year in and year out…no.

  8. jth532 4 years ago

    No, numbers do and the statistics have been pretty clear about the fact that Jeter is not a good SS.

  9. MB923 4 years ago

    an…an…and that means what?

  10. notsureifsrs 4 years ago

    when people tried to rickroll you i bet you were just like “hey, that’s so weird. my other friend linked me this song yesterday. great tune!”

  11. He knows, he’s being sarcastic.

  12. Lunchbox45 4 years ago

    the conversation is about an aging shortstop and a possible position change

    why wouldn’t Jeter’s name come up in the conversation?

  13. MB923 4 years ago

    A conversation can be about anything and Jeter’s name will come up regardless.

  14. Perhaps. But when the discussion is about whether a shortstop will need to switch positions at age 36, complaining that Jeter is being discussed is sort of the other extreme.

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