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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 Sign Bud Black to Contract Extension

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The Colorado Rockies have announced that they have agreed to terms with manager Bud Black on a three-year contract extension that will run through the 2022 season, according to the Denver Post’s Patrick Saunders.

Black, 61, has enjoyed success during his first two seasons at the helm in Colorado, posting a 178-147 record and leading the Rockies to a pair of postseason appearances with Wild Card berths, finishing third in National League Manager of the Year voting in each of his two seasons.

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Rockies Sign Mark Reynolds

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The Colorado Rockies have agreed to to terms with veteran first baseman Mark Reynolds on a minor league deal with $1 million in base with an addition $1 million in incentives, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

Reynolds, 35, will get an invitation to spring training.

Reynolds posted a .248/.328/.476 slash line with 13 home runs last season for the Washington Nationals.

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Rockies, Daniel Murphy Agree on Deal

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The Colorado Rockies have agreed to terms on a two-year, $24 million deal with free agent infielder Daniel Murphy, according to MLB.com’s Thomas Harding.

Murphy, 33, with provide Colorado with a valuable left handed bat to their lineup and can be plugged into the infield when needed, although he has struggled defensively recently.

Last season, Murphy posted a .322/.358/.502 slash line with 12 homeruns.

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