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The GM Meetings Cancelled Due to Mysterious Stomach Virus
The highly anticipated GM meetings, scheduled to take place in Scottsdale this week, were abruptly cancelled on Wednesday due to a widespread stomach virus that affected more than 30 of the 300 executives in attendance. Initially believed to be caused by food poisoning, the mysterious ailment left the executives incapacitated and forced Major League Baseball (MLB) to cancel the event a day early.
The unexpected turn of events at the GM meetings has left many in the baseball community reminiscing about the classic comedy film, “Airplane!” where a similar situation unfolds. The incident has raised concerns about the health and safety protocols in place for such gatherings.
MLB’s decision to cancel the event did not deter the dedicated writers at Purple Row, who continued to deliver insightful content throughout the week. Here are some highlights:
To Read (Rockpiles)
1. What the Rockies Can Learn from the Texas Rangers – Kenneth Weber
The Texas Rangers, after a remarkable turnaround, clinched their first-ever World Series championship. Weber explores the lessons the struggling Rockies can glean from the Rangers’ success, especially considering their own disappointing season.
2. Brenton Doyle “Super Honored” to Win First MLB Gold Glove – Renee Dechert
Brenton Doyle’s exceptional rookie campaign earned him a well-deserved Gold Glove. Dechert provides an exclusive look into Doyle’s post-win press conference, where he expresses his gratitude and reflects on the significance of this achievement.
3. Exploring the Free Agent Starting Pitching Market – Skyler Timmins
With the starting rotation plagued by injuries, Timmins delves into potential free agent pitchers the Rockies could consider to bolster their roster for the upcoming season.
4. Should Nolan Jones Have Been a ROTY Finalist? – Evan Lang
Lang examines the controversial omission of Nolan Jones as a Rookie of the Year finalist, despite his impressive performance in a limited number of games. He argues that Jones’ exceptional season warrants recognition and questions the arbitrary limits imposed on the selection process.
5. Important Dates in the Rockies 2023-24 Offseason – Joelle Milholm
Milholm provides a comprehensive overview of key dates that Rockies fans should mark on their calendars, including roster deadlines, the release of the Hall of Fame ballot, and the highly anticipated opening day of the 2024 season.
To Read (Ranking the Rockies)
The Ranking the Rockies series offers an in-depth analysis of individual players’ performances during the 2023 season:
- No. 31, Cole Tucker – Cole Tucker’s valiant MLB comeback attempt
- No. 30, Alan Trejo – Alan Trejo’s case for being the starting second baseman
- No. 29, Brendan Rodgers – Brendan Rodgers’ struggles in another disappointing season
- No. 28, Riley Pint; No. 27, Blair Calvo; No. 26, Gavin Hollowell – A trio of young pitchers’ journey with the Rockies
- No. 25, Daniel Bard – Daniel Bard faces a crucial juncture in his career
- No. 24, Antonio Senzatela – Antonio Senzatela’s season marred by unfortunate injury
Affected by Altitude: Boulevard of Broken Dreams – A 2023 Colorado Rockies Story
In this week’s episode, Evan and Skyler congratulate Jon Gray and the Texas Rangers on their World Series victory. They also discuss the Rockies’ recent activities, including a “season ticket holder wish list” and the announcement of a Green Day and Friends concert. Additionally, they highlight the participation of players from around the world in winter baseball.
Weekend Discussion Topics
As the Rockies’ offseason unfolds, two dates stand out as particularly significant and intriguing. Which date do you believe holds the most importance for the Rockies? Which date sparks the most curiosity? Share your thoughts and engage in the discussion below!
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