Former Colorado Rockies manager Clint Hurdle stayed classy after getting canned early last season, making way for bench coach Jim Tracy to take over as manager and lead the Rockies to the playoffs in one of the best team turnarounds in baseball history.
But Hurdle exacted a bit of revenge yesterday—well, as much as he could during a semi-meaningless spring training game. Hurdle, the hitting coach for the Texas Rangers, watched as his team destroyed the Rockies 16-5, reminding everyone why Ubaldo Jimenez is the Rockies’ new ace, not Aaron Cook.
Purple Row points out that the Rangers belted 23 hits against the Rockies, showing Hurdle may be doing something right down there in Texas. Cook gave up nine runs, and reliever Franklin Morales did his best to convince Rockies coaches that he needs more seasoning in the minor leagues by remaining consistently behind in yesterday’s pitch count against the Rangers.
It wasn’t all bad news, though, with outfielder Brad Hawpe going 2-for-3 in his spring debut and scoring two runs (via MLB.com).
Yesterday was also a good day for first baseman Todd Helton, who signed a two-year, $9.9 million contract extension and agreed to stay with the Rockies after he retires. According to The Denver Post, Helton will defer $13.1 million over 10 years beginning in 2014 and work for the team, possibly as a coach, after he retires. Helton says he likes the idea of retiring in Denver and that restructuring his massive, nine-year $141.5 million contract is in the best interest of the team, as well.
“I want to help keep this team intact,” he adds. “That’s the great thing about this.”