As I have mentioned, today was Babe Ruth Calgary draft day. The Rockies gave up our first round pick for a 1st, 2nd and 3rd round pick next year. I don’t think this hurt as at all as we managed to draft one of the players we had rated in the first round, 8th overall, our first pick. We got a 19 year old pitcher to help with the AAA pitching woes as well. All in all, I think we drafted fairly well. We ended up selecting 14 players to give us a total of 29. A few of those players won’t be around until around May 10 as they are in university. One player has a broken wrist and his playing depends totally on his recovery – time will tell.
I made calls to all of the new players. I really don’t like talking on the phone. I don’t do it a lot, outside of work. That is likely one reason why I don’t like talking too much outside of the job. All my contact with players and parents will typically be via email.
Anyway, I am optimistic about the upcoming season and more than that, I am looking forward to it. I think I have decided that I am not going to be returning to umpiring in the near future. I enjoy coaching more, and, although it doesn’t pay money, it pays in other ways.
We start indoor workouts this coming weekend, both Saturday and Sunday. It will give me a chance to get to know the new players and see where they see themselves fitting in. I am going to ask one of the new coaches to come up with a plan for the practice, see what he comes up with.
Anyway, here’s to a great season of Rockies baseball !!!