Latin American arms elevating the Rockies
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Say the words "pitching-rich Colorado Rockies," and they sound about as reality-based as "publicity-shy Hank Steinbrenner." When your franchise is entering its 16th year and the best single-season winning percentage still belongs to Marvin Freeman, some perceptions are difficult to shake.Yet the rumors are true. The Rockies took a big step forward last season when the staff ranked a respectable 14th in the majors with a 4.32 ERA. Much of the credit goes to the equalizing effects of the humidor, which gives pitchers a fighting chance by ensuring that baseballs at altitude actually behave like baseballs. It might be the biggest boost for male self-esteem since Viagra. But credit should also go to Colorado management for its progressive, open-minded approach to acquiring international talent. As the Rockies have shown, if you want something badly enough, you'll travel the world to find it.
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