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Rockies’ Chad Bettis Named 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award Winner

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Colorado Rockies starting pitcher Chad Bettis has been named the winner of the 2017 Tony Conigliaro Award after his battle with cancer, several outlets reported Wednesday night.

The prestigious honor will be presented to Bettis at the 79th annual Boston Baseball Writers’ dinner on January 18.

Bettis, 28, was diagnosed with testicular cancer in December. He completed chemotherapy treatment in May before making his season debut on August 14, as he pitched seven shutout innings against the Atlanta Braves to earn the win; Bettis went 2-4 with a 5.05 ERA in nine starts.

The right-hander had been coming off a breakout 2016 campaign that saw him go 14-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 32 games/starts.

Overall in five seasons with the Rockies, Bettis is 25-23 with a 5.01 ERA in 98 games (69 starts).

The Tony Conigliaro Award has been given each year since 1990 (when Conigliaro passed away) to the player “who has overcome adversity through the attributes of spirit, determination, and courage that were trademarks of Tony C.”

Conigliaro is highly known for taking a pitch to the face in 1967 for the Boston Red Sox as a promising 22-year-old. His career was never the same after that, as he missed three consecutive years from 1972-74 after hitting .222 in 266 at-bats for the California Angels in 1971. The right-fielder briefly returned to the Red Sox in 1975 making 57 at-bats. Due to permanently damaged eyesight, he retired after the season at the age of 30.

Bettis becomes the second Rockie to win the award, joining Aaron Cook in 2005, who overcame blood clot in his lungs.

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Rockies’ Trevor Story Hits Estimated 505 Feet Homerun

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Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story smacked two homeruns against the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, one that measure 505 feet.

According to The Athletic’s Andrew Baggarly, Story’s 505 foot moonshot was the longest homer in the Statcast era, topping the previous mark held by New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton who hit a 504-footer ion 2016 when he was a member of the Miami Marlins.

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Rockies Select Contract Of Matt Holliday

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The Colorado Rockies have selected the contract of Matt Holliday, who signed a minor league deal with Colorado last month, which will bring him back to the team for the first time since 2008, according to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders.

The 38-year old slugger was hopeful to continue his career, but there were questions regarding his big league future after he went unsigned this past offseason. Holliday made the most of his opportunity with Triple-A Albuquerque, posting a .346/.452/.596 slash line with 3 homers.

A spot was created on their 40-man roster when Chris Rabago was claimed on outright waivers by the New York Yankees, whom Holliday spent the 2017 season playing for. The Rockies optioned Garrett Hampson was optioned to Triple A in a corresponding move.

 

 

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Suspensions Handed Out For Padres/Rockies, Yankees/Red Sox Brawls

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This past Wednesday featured a couple pretty good basebrawls.

First, the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies went at it in the afternoon:

Followed by the main event of the evening, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox heating up their rivalry:

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Nothing like a good baseball fight. If you’re not a fan of them, you’re not a true fan of baseball.

Let’s recap briefly the series of events that led up to both fights. Prior to Rockies third baseman and All-Star Nolan Arenado charging the mound at Padres starting pitcher Luis Perdomo, there had been a total of six players hit by pitches in the two teams’ meetings this season- but only one Rockie.

Perdomo threw behind Arenado leading off the bottom of the third, and Arenado was having none of it. He immediately charged the mound, Perdomo threw his glove, missed, and Arenado nearly connected on a solid right. Arenado and Perdomo were ejected, as well as three other players.

On Friday, suspensions for that brawl were announced:

Obviously, this hurts the Rockies much more than it does the Padres. Arenado is a guy you want in your lineup. He’s one of the best players in the game. Him missing five games is way more significant than Perdomo- who’s honestly not that good- missing essentially what is one start.

Now for the main event. In Wednesday’s game at Fenway which followed a 14-1 spanking by Boston to New York the previous evening, tensions started to boil in the third inning when Yankees first baseman Tyler Austin slid with his spikes up into the heel of Red Sox shortstop Brock Holt:

The benches emptied, but it was very brief, and no punches were thrown. Austin wasn’t thrown at in his next at-bat, which appeared to had been the end of it. For Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, he drilled Austin in the back in the top of the seventh, which Austin didn’t like. Kelly challenged him to come to the mound, Austin obliged, and Fenway became a fighting frenzy.

Austin and Kelly were both ejected, as well as Yankees third base coach Phil Nevin.

One day later, suspensions were handed down, with only Austin and Kelly receiving them:

With additional fines for players on the disabled list who came onto the field:

Austin and Kelly both plan on appealing their suspensions.

Since Wednesday (five days ago), Austin hasn’t appeared in a game, while Kelly has pitched in two games.

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