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  1. Adam Wainwright loses no-hitter in eighth inning, settles for shutout

    May 11, 2013, 5:00 PM EDT

    Adam Wainwright AP

    UPDATE: While Adam Wainwright lost the no-hitter in the eighth inning, he settled for a two-hit shutout as part of a 3-0 victory over the Rockies. Wainwright allowed two hits and one walk while striking out seven. It was the sixth shutout of his career and his 12th complete game. The 31-year-old right-hander now has…

  2. Todd Helton pleads guilty to DUI, gets probation and $400 fine

    May 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    todd helton dui mugshot

    Todd Helton received one year of probation, a $400 fine, and 24 hours of community service today after pleading guilty to “driving while ability impaired” stemming from a DUI arrest in February. Helton was arrested after driving to a gas station near his house to buy lottery tickets, telling police officers that he’d consumed “two…

  3. Rockies place Todd Helton on disabled list with forearm inflammation

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    The Rockies just announced that first baseman Todd Helton was placed on the 15-day disabled list with left forearm inflammation. The 39-year-old hasn’t played since last Friday, so the Rockies didn’t want to go short-handed on their roster any longer. Ryan Wheeler, who was acquired from the Diamondbacks over the winter in exchange for left-hander…

  4. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 15, 2013, 5:55 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers v Oakland Athletics

    Tigers 10, Athletics 1: Austin Jackson was 4 for 6 with three RBI. Prince Fielder is now hitting .429/.527/.833. Once this team gets its bullpen figured out, man, watch out. Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: When Nick Swisher hit a walkoff homer single in a 1-0 game the other day I thought to myself, “man, you don’t…

  5. 2013 Preview: Colorado Rockies

    Mar 21, 2013, 6:15 PM EDT

    Walt Weiss Getty

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Up next: The Colorado Rockies. The Big Question: Can the Rockies dig themselves out of last place? The Rockies went 64-98 last…

  6. “Cooperation” with an investigation does not mean talking to the media

    Feb 18, 2013, 1:47 PM EDT

    melky cabrera getty

    Buster Olney is usually pretty sensible about PED stories. He’s not an apologist or anything, but nor is he usually an alarmist. He’s a realist, mostly. He doesn’t condone PED use, obviously, but he also sees it as part of the landscape of baseball and a problem to be dealt with as opposed to some…

  7. Todd Helton apologizes for his DUI

    Feb 18, 2013, 7:15 AM EDT

    Todd Helton

    Todd Helton addressed the media yesterday, apologizing for his February 6 DUI, which he called “a monumental mistake”: “Last week I got behind the wheel of my truck after I had drank. All I can do now is apologize and ask for forgiveness. I spoke to my teammates today and they were very supportive. I’m very…

  8. Steve Garvey is selling a lot of stuff

    Feb 7, 2013, 12:31 PM EDT

    Steve Garvey

    Steve Garvey has always portrayed himself as a mogul. While he famously declared himself broke back in the late 80s, he was part of a group bidding on the Dodgers last year and he’s done the whole positive-thinking motivational speaker thing.  One wonders, though, if he’s doing as well as he’d have you believe. One wonders that…

  9. Todd Helton got a DUI while going to buy lottery tickets

    Feb 7, 2013, 11:19 AM EDT

    todd helton dui mugshot

    Todd Helton was arrested late Tuesday night and charged with driving under the influence, leading to a mugshot with his eyes closed and a pair of very contrite official statements from the Rockies and the 39-year-old first baseman. In his statement Helton claimed to have been “driving to a gas station near my house.” And…

  10. Todd Helton arrested for DUI in Colorado

    Feb 6, 2013, 2:20 PM EDT

    todd helton dui mugshot

    Todd Helton was arrested last night in Colorado and charged with driving under the influence. Helton was pulled over at 2:39 a.m. and 9-NEWS in Colorado reports that “a witness contacted Thornton Police when they witnessed a black Ford F-150 pick-up truck driving erratically.” He was then booked, processed, and released to a “responsible party.”…

  11. Todd Helton ready to play what will likely be his final season

    Jan 10, 2013, 11:31 PM EDT

    Todd Helton Getty

    Todd Helton is under contract for $5 million in 2013, but there was some uncertainty whether he’d come back following hip and knee surgeries. However, the 39-year-old first baseman told Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post today that he’s ready to return for what will likely be his final season in the majors. “I…

  12. Recovery from surgeries to determine if Todd Helton retires

    Nov 12, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    After undergoing season-ending hip surgery Todd Helton said back in September that he planned to play in 2013, but now he’s added knee surgery to the recovery process and may not be fully locked into coming back. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that “the Rockies have to be prepared if he decides to…

  13. Jason Giambi “mulling” offer to be Rockies’ hitting coach

    Nov 9, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    giambi getty

    Colorado has offered Jason Giambi its hitting coach job after passing on him as manager in favor of Walt Weiss, but Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that Giambi is “mulling” the offer because he still wants to keep playing. Giambi said previously that he’d be willing to retire as a player in order…

  14. Todd Helton needs knee surgery after having hip surgery

    Nov 2, 2012, 2:14 PM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    Todd Helton, who already underwent hip surgery in August, will have left knee surgery today to repair a torn meniscus, according to Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. Saunders writes that the surgery “is not considered major” and Helton is expected to be ready for spring training, but at age 39 and coming off a…

  15. Chipper Jones is the seventh member of .300/.400/.500 club

    Oct 3, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Royalty-Free Stock Photography by Rubberball.com

    As he nears retirement Chipper Jones‘ greatness is hopeful apparent enough that we don’t really need to cite any new stats to make the case, but here’s a pretty good one courtesy of Capitol Avenue Club blogger Ben Duronio: Among all the hitters in baseball history with at least 10,000 career plate appearances Jones is…

  16. Albert Pujols is fifth ever with three 50-double seasons

    Oct 2, 2012, 1:00 PM EDT

    Albert Pujols

    With an incredible 18 doubles in his last 33 games, Albert Pujols has made it back to 50 for the first time since 2004 and third time in his career. He got the last off Felix Hernandez in Monday’s victory over the Mariners. Pujols put himself in exclusive company as just the fifth player ever with three…

  17. Todd Helton plans to play next season after hip surgery

    Sep 27, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    Not that there was much doubt considering he’s under contract for $5 million, but Todd Helton confirmed that he’s planning to come back from hip surgery to play in 2013. “I think, physically, I will be able to come back,” Helton said, via Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post. “So I plan on coming back,…

  18. Todd Helton to undergo season-ending hip surgery, plans to play next year

    Aug 6, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    Todd Helton injured his hip in early June and spent two weeks on the disabled list last month before rejoining the lineup, but the Rockies announced that the 38-year-old first baseman will undergo season-ending surgery Friday to repair a torn labrum. Helton told Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post that he chose to have the…

  19. Todd Helton returns from hip injury, rejoins Rockies’ lineup

    Jul 27, 2012, 5:28 PM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    Out since July 8 with a hip injury, Todd Helton is back from the disabled list and batting fifth in the Rockies’ lineup tonight. Before the DL stint Helton started 58 of 77 games at first base and the Rockies figure to give him regular time off in an effort to keep the 38-year-old healthy.…

  20. Rockies place Jason Giambi on DL with viral infection

    Jul 25, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

    giambi getty

    Colorado opted to shift Michael Cuddyer to first base rather than turning to Jason Giambi as the fill-in for an injured Todd Helton and now Giambi has joined Helton on the disabled list anyway. Giambi was placed on the shelf with a viral infection and the 41-year-old told Troy Renck of the Denver Post that…

  21. HBT Weekend Wrap

    Jul 16, 2012, 8:22 AM EDT

    grilling

    I stopped doing these for some reason. Sorta forgot about them. But it seemed like a lot happened this weekend, so for those of you with lives that don’t entail them being tied to the Internet all weekend, here’s what you missed: Bill James doubles down on the Joe Paterno defense. It’s like watching a…

  22. Todd Helton lands on disabled list with hip injury

    Jul 14, 2012, 10:52 AM EDT

    Todd Helton AP

    Todd Helton didn’t see improvement with his sore right hip during the All-Star break, so the Rockies placed him on the disabled list prior to last night’s game. Helton was already playing sparingly in recent weeks, as the injury has contributed to his struggles at the plate. The Denver Post reports that he’s being sent…

  23. Former Rockies owner Jerry McMorris dies at 71

    May 8, 2012, 6:01 PM EDT

    Jerry McMorris

    Jerry McMorris, who was instrumental in getting an expansion team in Denver, died Tuesday following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 71. “It’s a very sad day for the Rockies and for his family,” Rockies owner Dick Monfort said.McMorris, who built NationsWay Transport from scratch, was one of the Rockies’ original investors and…

  24. Holy neighborhood play, Batman! Tim Welke blows a call badly

    May 2, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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    You often see an umpire call the runner out even though the first baseman steps away from the bag a bit after fielding the throw. Or especially on plays at second base where a middle infielder’s good faith effort to prevent having his legs broken results in an “out” call even if he doesn’t touch…

  25. And That Happened: Sunday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:45 AM EDT

    San Diego Padres v San Francisco Giants

    Giants 4, Padres 1: Madison Bumgarner keeps rolling (7.2 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 6K). After the game he explained his recent success by saying “I’m just trying to make pitches.”  I’ve heard that for 30 years and I’m still not quite sure what it means but I always like hearing it for some reason.…

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