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March 6, 2008 10:00 PM

Drew Litton: Dangers of the Cactus League


The Rockies defense is the most fearsome in the majors. This was inspired by the many saguaro cactus that are a part of the Arizona landscape.

I love Arizona, and coming to Spring Training each year. Be sure to check out my other spring training cartoons and my N.L. preview cartoon tomorrow. I'll also have a few observations about this years version of the Rockies. Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Those interested in the Fantasy Baseball League, just let me know.



  • March 6, 2008

    10:51 PM

    Tom writes:

    Little Shop Of Horrors?

    Is that the new name for the Rockies defense now?

    Interesting take Drew, but I notice there's a bit of a hole at 2nd base (i.e. you decided not to include one). Lots of balls go right up the middle, past the pitcher, every game. Unless that hole is plugged and someone decides to take charge of that spot, there will be a lot of opposing baserunners on the basepaths.
    Another thing with this toon is that it seems that Atkins has no balls (no pun was initially intended, until I thought about it and the 13 year old in me took over.)
    Anyway....it'll be interesting to see how the Rockies respond this season since they set the bar so high (and probably out of reach) last year.
    I am guessing that they're going to have issues on defense that they didn't have last year because I think opposing teams with adapt to how the Rockies play defense. I think teams will take a lot more pitches and I think they'll steal a lot more bases (because the Rocks catchers just don't throw out anyone.)
    More situational hitting and being more selective at the plate can help defeat a stronger defense. Fundamental hitting (bunting, hitting behind runners) and speed on the bases can counter a decent defense.
    We'll see how the rest of the MLB teams adapt. It should be fun to watch.


  • March 6, 2008

    11:36 PM

    Charlie writes:

    I'm glad to see the Rockies reinvesting their playoff money into the players that lifted them into the World Series last year. Tulo, Atkins, Holliday, Helton and Hawpe make Colorado the toughest hitting lineup in the NL. Francis and Cook are two pitchers that know how to utilize the defense behind them by consitently inducing hitters into groundball outs. Plus I am excited to see Iannetta win the Catching job this year. He has hit over .300 at nearly every minor league stop. He also calls a solid game, last year he called Cook's 74 pitch complete game. So the Rockies are well stocked, and that's without even mentioning Uball.

  • March 7, 2008

    5:14 AM

    kd writes:

    Enjoyed this cartoon, Drew, but also wondered about 2nd base. Like Charlie said above, I'm also hoping Chris Iannetta comes of age at the major league level behind the plate and swinging the bat. Maybe he'll get the rotation behind Cook and Francis and Torrealba with Jimenez? Who knows yet about pitchers #4 and #5.

    Alas, Drew. I'm envious of you being at Spring Training. I was hoping to make it there this Spring for a few days, but instead work has me in St. Louis for a few months. I've been trying hard to get some tickets for the Rockies opener against the Cardinals here in St. Louis, but it looks like I'm going to have to try for a game-day street purchase if it's not too much. My first time at the new Busch Stadium.

  • March 9, 2008

    9:42 PM

    Charlie writes:

    It's amazing that a 7 year old is allowed on the internet. I feel sorry for latch-key kids these days.

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