Pitcher Jon Gray during a 2017 spring training game in Arizona.
My favorite sports season is almost here, so it’s time to take a look at a few odds and ends when it comes to baseball.
On first base—the voting for the Hall of Fame. Again, this year, longtime Rockie Larry Walker didn’t receive the 75 percent needed to be included in this year’s class, all because he played 10 of his 17-year career at in the Mile High City, and in some minds the altitude has skewed his statistics.
On second base—making it into the HOF this year is former Atlanta Brave Chipper Jones, outfielder Vladimir Guerrero, closer Trevor Hoffman and Jim Thome.
All four are deserved and none were involved with performance-enhancing drugs. Any player that was involved with PEDs should not be in the HOF—they cheated.
On third base—even though Walker didn’t make it this year, it would be better that he be included next year when Todd Helton is eligible for induction. It would be appropriate that both Rockies players be inducted together. Helton played his entire career in Colorado and remains a fan favorite.
On a home run jog—I will be headed to Arizona next month to check out the 2018 Rockies during spring training. Last year the player that impressed me was rookie Pat Valaika. He didn’t disappointment during the season. Batting a .258 with 13 home runs.
Pitching has always been a problem for the Rockies, but this year with the addition of closer Wade Davis from the Chicago Cubs. Now in his 10th year, Davis has been an All-Star three times with a career 3.45 ERA.
Both B.T. Galloway, who will be doing a column for The Villager this summer, and I believe this year’s Colorado Rockies look promising.
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