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Brad Lidge and Ty Cobb’s grandson, Herschel Cobb, will appear at the Rocky Mountain SABR banquet on Saturday night

Philadelphia Phillies' Brad Lidge reacts after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

Philadelphia Phillies’ Brad Lidge reacts after their victory in Game 5 of the baseball World Series in Philadelphia, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008. The Phillies defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 to win the series. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

Former Major League star closer Brad Lidge, a part of some of the biggest moments in Phillies and Astros recent history, will be the keynote speaker at the Rocky Mountain Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) annual banquet on Saturday night at the Denver Athletic Club at 1325 Glenarm Place in Denver. The event starts with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m., with dinner and the program starting at 7.

Lidge, who last pitched in the Majors with the Nationals in 2012, was a high school star at Cherry Creek in Glenwood Village, Colo., and played collegiately at Notre Dame before being selected in the first round of the 1998 MLB First-Year Player Draft. Lidge was the Astros’ closer during their National League Championship Series run in 2004 and the franchise’s lone World Series trip in 2005, and was a key member of the Phillies’ bullpen during their postseason run 2008-11 – which included a World Series title in 2008.

Herschel Cobb, author of the book, “Heart of a Tiger: Growing Up with My Grandfather, Ty Cobb,” (ECW Press) will be the featured speaker. Herschel Cobb’s book recalls Ty Cobb as being a loving grandfather who opened up to his grandchildren about his successes and failures – a different picture from the one provided by the late Al Stump, Cobb’s biographer.

Also attending will be Dr. Leslie Heaphy, a noted baseball historian who is an associate professor at Kent State University at Stark and a member of the SABR National Board of Directors, will discuss the national SABR chapter. Heaphy publishes in the areas of Negro Leagues and women’s baseball, is the founding editor of the journal Black Ball, and is working on a book on the women’s baseball team of the 1990s, the Colorado Silver Bullets.

The SABR John Zajc Award will go to Nick Wilson, who has written four books and is a longtime member and official in the Rocky Mountain chapter. The Rockies Lifetime Achievement award will go to Pat Daugherty, who retired as the Rockies special assistant to baseball operations this year after 42 years in baseball.

Information about the event, such as the $60 charge for attending and the silent auction of baseball memorabilia, can be obtained at through the Rocky Mountain SABR Web site.

— Thomas Harding

Braves, Rockies continue to discuss Smith-Prado trade

The Rockies could use one more bat, specifically at second base. The Braves need a left fielder. None of this has changed since the offseason began and reports surfaced of the possibility of the Rockies sending left-handed hitting outfielder Seth Smith to Atlanta for right-handed hitting infielder Martin Prado. Dialogue between the teams continued through last week, and word Monday was the possibility of a trade remains alive.

The frontburner issue for the Braves appears to be seeing what kind of package they can receive for right-handed starting pitcher Jair Jurrjens, a move that could fill other needs.

The Rockies reached a three-year, $31.5 million agreement with former Twins outfielder Michael Cuddyer last week, and are in position to deal Smith.

The Rockies’ main need is a durable starting pitcher, but they have shown no interest in dealing the multiple prospects that many teams require for such a deal. So adding another bat at second base, where the Rockies for now have a possible combination of former first-round Draft pick Chris Nelson and solid multi-position man Jonathan Herrera, has risen to the top of the pecking order.

It would be yet another roadblock for Nelson, who took awhile to find his legs as a professional but has earned compliments from manager Jim Tracy for his work ethic. If such a deal occurs, Nelson could get his chance at third base — if hot prospect Nolan Arenado needs more time to develop. Arenado put up dominant numbers in Class-A last year and in the Arizona Fall League, and will be given a shot to make the Majors this spring.

As for the pitcher, the Rockies would like to re-sign veteran righty Kevin Millwood, who displayed leadership — not only on the mound, but with his preparation between starts — that could help a mostly young starting staff. While it would be nice to add a 200-innings stalwart, it doesn’t look possible on the trading market, it’s cost-prohibitive in free agency, and might not be necessary. A veteran hurler who can stabilize the pitching until left-hander Jorge De La Rosa returns in May or June from Tommy John surgery might be good enough to keep the club in good position in the National League West.

The Denver Post reported late last week that the Rockies have reached out to free-agent right-hander Brad Lidge, who grew up in Colorado  and, through his agent, expressed interest in pitching for his hometown team. Lidge, who has history as a dominant closer, is coming off a 2011 season with the Phillies during which he missed time with a partially torn rotator cuff and experienced elbow issues. The Phillies have discussed bringing him back. Given his current health, it’s more likely that wherever he signs it would be under a Minor League deal. If the Rockies bring back infielder Melvin Mora, who played for them in 2010, it would be under a Minor League deal.