December 12, 2006 7:23 PM
Rockies youth Movement
It's official. The Colorado Rockies have become a farm club. A farm club to the Astros, the Dodgers, the Yankees, the Cubs, the Red Sox and almost every other team in the majors whose payroll is bigger than the one on Blake Street. They've become nothing more than a summer vacation stop here in the Mile High City. Stop at the the Zoo. The Botanical Gardens, The Garden of the Gods, The Butterfly Pavillion and an evening at Coors field watching whoever the Rockies might be playing.
The brothers Monfort have been priced out of the market. Things were bad enough before the recent offseason spending spree hit Major League Baseball like a bad plague. Now the Rockies can only stand by and watch everyone else spend while they grow talent and, if they are lucky like they were yesterday, trade it away for something. Anything. Otherwise they will watch homegrown talent like Ian Stewart wear a Rockies uniform for, oh, about 2.2 innings before he walks away free to collect a major paycheck from a real major league team while the Rockies get nothing more than "we knew him when."
Sure. I know. The A's do it like this. Trade away Mulder and Hudson before they can't afford to resign them. But they are the A's. They seem to have some semblance of Baseball knowledge that seems to have eluded the Rockies. No surprise considering the Rox have a football guy running the front office and owners who can't afford a Volkswagen much less a Lexus.
So get used to it Denver. Welcome to the minor leagues.