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March 12, 2007 1:19 PM

Spring Training 2007 Day 4

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It was another glorious day at Spring Training. The field is green and the palm trees are peeking out from just beyond the right field fence bringing the promise of brighter, sunnier days ahead.

It gets me thinking about this franchise and all that it has gone through since it began. Dante Bichette and Eric Young visited today and had a brief Blake St. Bombers reunion without the Big Cat, Andres Galarraga. Little did we know at the time we would look on those times as the good old days.

If it seems I'm doing a lot of cartoons on the ownership of this franchise it's because I am. I just feel strongly about it as a topic. I think it is unfair when so many want to blame Dan O'Dowd or Clint Hurdle for the current state of the Rockies.They are quality guys who are doing the best they can with the resources they have been given.

We all recognize the fact that the current free agent market in Baseball is totally bananas and player salaries are completely out of whack. But that's part of what the game has become. I just think the current Rockies owners are on a Volkswagen budget in a Mercedes Benz league. And the Monforts just can't keep up.

The Rockiesare now are on a course to build from within, and grow young talent, which is what they should have been doing all along. The flaw I think comes in waving every maturing prospect goodbye when they become too expensive to sign. You have to keep some of your young talent even if it's just than to get them believe they are a part of something other than just another teams farm club.

So this is the season. They must win. On a shoe string budget with the Matt Holliday's of the team know they are not here for long. And if they don't win then O'Dowd and Hurdle will probably pay the ultimate price while the ownership who got them into the mess to begin with will simply start over again. And I will most likely be drawing another one of these cartoons.

Drew

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Discussion

  • March 13, 2007

    11:14 AM

    Moose writes:

    Hey, Drew, I love your stuff, but don't you think you're being a little hard on the Monforts? I mean, they are keeping the team in Denver.

  • March 13, 2007

    11:42 AM

    Amy writes:

    Whose knows, the young ones may even come through this year.

  • March 13, 2007

    1:24 PM

    Tim writes:

    This is great.

  • March 13, 2007

    1:25 PM

    Bob writes:

    This is really cool.

  • March 13, 2007

    1:35 PM

    Dante writes:

    I didn't mind when the Monforts let Jason Jennings go rather than risk losing him to free agency. I think Hirsh probably will be better in the not-too-distant future anyway. To me, the real test for the Monforts will be whether they're willing to spend the money with contracts for Holliday, Atkins, Hawpe, Cook, et al, come due.

  • March 18, 2007

    10:54 PM

    Greg writes:

    Only one team in all of MLB spends a lower proportion of revenues on player payroll than the Rockies. Its not that the club doesn't have the monies to compete. Its that they just don't spend it. If the Rockies just spent the MLB average percentage of their revenues on player payroll they'd have an $86 million dollar roster.

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