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Rockies Reunite With Catcher Chris Iannetta On Two-Year Deal

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The Colorado Rockies have reunited with catcher Chris Iannetta on a two-year, $8.5 million deal, as announced one week ago on Friday.

Iannetta, 34, started his Major League career with the Rockies from 2006-11. He then went on to play for the Los Angeles Angels from 2012-15, the Seattle Mariners in 2016, and Arizona Diamondbacks this past season.

During his six years with the Rockies, Iannetta was a .235 hitter, which is slightly better than his overall career average of .231.

Iannetta had his best overall season in 2008 over 333 at-bats, as his 18 homers, 65 RBIs, 22 doubles, 88 hits, 168 total bases, .264 batting average, and .390 on-base percentage remain career highs to this day.

This past season for the Diamondbacks in 272 at-bats, Iannetta set a career high in slugging percentage with a .511 mark which topped his previous best of .505 in 2008. His 17 homers and 43 RBIs were also the most he’s had since 2011, when he had 14 and 55 that season.

A platoon catcher, Iannetta has made over 100 appearances just four times in his eleven full seasons since 2007, and at least 79 in all but one year since 2008. Though never known for his hitting, his ability to get on base is underlooked as he’s had six seasons since 2007 with an on-base percentage of .344 or higher.

Overall in 12-year career, Iannetta’s a .231/.347/.407 hitter with 124 homers, 158 doubles, 445 RBIs, and 508 walks.

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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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