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Moments worth framing

The Rockies honored first baseman Todd Helton on Monday for achieving his 2,000th career hit on the road at Atlanta. The club played a tribute of his various milestone hits, including his home run against the Dodgers in 2007 that seemed to make the Rockies believe that their late-season playoff run was possible.

With owners Charlie and Dick Monfort, club president Keli McGregor, general manager Dan O’Dowd and manager Clint Hurdle at his side, Helton received a framed presentation. It consisted of photos of his swing at various points of his career, and the Denver Post article the day after he reached the milestone.

Leafing through the proposals

Rockies president Keli McGregor told reporters Monday that he has begun going through proposals from Arizona communities for the team’s new Spring Training home. It won’t be in Tucson, since there is no way the community can attract a total of four teams. Realistically, the Rockies will be in the Phoenix area in 2011, and it’s possible they’ll share a complex with the D-backs, who also are looking to leave Tucson.

McGregor said the Rockies have received eight proposals, and they’re quite lengthy. He noted that it took him the entire weekend to go through one, because it encompassed so much. The Rockies had Q&A sessions with communities making proposals, and in those they detailed what they wanted to see.

“You have to go through each piece,” McGregor said of the proposals, which go to the team’s legal counsel and then to him. “You can’t get a quick snap shot and say I know what they are proposing. You have to go through the whole thing. They are like 40 or 50 pages apiece. There are a lot of legal [terms].”

 McGregor did not reveal the cities that made the proposals.

The first day of 2009

Here are some thoughts from the Rockies’ first workout at Hi Corbett Field.

— Left-handed pitcher Jeff Francis was not nearly as upbeat as he was a couple of days ago when discussing the health of his shoulder, which bothered him all last season. Francis must either prove to be healthy or undergo surgery. Last week went so well that Francis was smiling and marveling. Sunday afternoon, the shoulder didn’t feel as good.

So does this mean surgery is imminent? Not necessarily.

Rockies head trainer Keith Dugger warned Francis that he wasn’t out of the woods because his shoulder felt good for a few days. He still hopes to throw off the mound soon. Francis had limited involvement in the first workout. For example, he was limited to practicing bunts in a drill in which other pitchers faked a bunt and swung in an attempt to hit a ground ball through the infield.

— Rockies club president Keli McGregor said Sunday that there have been no recent talks with Tucson, Ariz., officials about the club’s future plans. With just two teams in Tucson — the Rox and the D-Backs, now that the White Sox have left for the Phoenix area — all kinds of possibilities exist, although the Rockies playing alone at Hi Corbett and the D-Backs alone at Tucson Electric Park is a situation that won’t last long. Even if the D-Backs are joined by a Japanese team, which was proposed recently, there is still the issue of the Rockies playing at an aging park.

There has been talk of a complex in Marana, Ariz., which is northwest of Tucson, and some news stories have mentioned the possibility of a complex in Casa Grande, which is between Tucson and Phoenix on I-10. And the Phoenix area has been raised as an option.

McGregor said he’ll have discussions with offcials from Tucson and surrounding areas over the next few weeks.


The Rockies' Paul Phillips demonstrates that a dummy designed to help pitchers is of use to catchers.jpg— Part of of the workout for the catchers featured “The Ultimate Pitcher’s Tool,” which looked much like a crash test dummy. I shot it with the camera on my phone. It is designed to place in a batter’s box to teach pitchers to throw inside without fear. But in the catcher workout, it was placed on the basepath to simulate a runner. Catchers would field balls in front of the plate and throw to first base. Sometimes, the catchers had to adjust the throwing angle so they didn’t hit the dummy.

At least there was no danger of the runner beating the throw.