5 Reasons for Colorado Rockies Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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5 Reasons for Colorado Rockies Fans to Be Thankful Heading into 2014

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Considering where they were when the season ended it might be easy to forget that the Colorado Rockies were in the hunt in the National League Western division until the all-star break hit and the Los Angeles Dodgers ran away with the title. No one could have kept up with the Dodgers at that point but the Rockies at least proved to be one of the teams ready to perennially contend for the title in the N.L. West.

There is any number of things to think about that went wrong for the Rockies in 2013 and some of those should be feared going into 2014. They seem to have a problem keeping stars healthy for one thing. The good side of that is that they did a better job of it in 2013 so maybe the upcoming season will prove to be a mostly healthy one for these guys.

I get the general feeling that if they are healthy all season long and get the right offseason pieces in place that they will be a surprise figure at the end of the 2014 season. Going forward from now there isn’t one team from the West except maybe the Dodgers who has more promise going into the 2014 season as long as the Rockies add some pitching and another piece on offense. Here are five more reasons to be thankful for Rockies fans.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – Michael Cuddyer

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Cuddyer not only proved that he is one of the better all around hitters in the National League last season but also that he is a strong veteran presence for the Rockies. Especially with the retirement of Todd Helton, they will need a figure like Cuddyer to be there all season long as well as needing offensive production. Luckily he has proven capable of doing both quite well and should again in 2014.

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4 – Nolan Arenado

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Arenado might be a surprise for most to win the third baseman gold glove award but it wasn’t a surprise to Rockies fans. This young man was in the discussion for Rookie of the Year though down in the voting because his offense is still coming along. His WAR stat was an impressive 3.9 but the dWAR for defensive value was 3.6 which is one of the best in the game at third. He is just going to be better in his sophomore season so get ready.

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3 – Troy Tulowitzki

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How do these stats look? Tulo had 25 home runs and 82 RBI along with a 5.3 WAR. Those look like a pretty good season to me. Those numbers are only over 126 games however thanks to injury. Since 2014 looks to be a healthy one for Tulo, there is no reason to doubt him being one of the better offensive shortstops in MLB all season long. If he does he will compete for an MVP honor without a doubt.

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2 – Carlos Gonzalez

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The exact same situation for Tulo is in place for CarGo. He had 26 homers with 70 RBI and that was only in 110 games because of injuries. The sky is the limit for this man going forward as well as his MVP caliber counterpart. If the Rockies win next season and both are healthy all year they might go one-two in MVP voting. That is seriously just how good they are. CarGo just has to stay healthy and if he does 2014 will be a blast to watch.

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1 – Walt Weiss

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Of all the exciting goings on for the Rockies right now, the choice of Weiss as the manager was the best decision of any of the rest. He is perfect for the city and the team. Without a doubt he is one of the more respected figures in the last several decades of baseball and has taken that same respect into his first season as MLB manager. Frankly he should have been considered for NL manager of the year and certainly would have won rookie manager.

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