The Year of the Fan quickly became the Year of the Training Staff.
The lift the Rockies need will simply come from getting healthy their brass said Wednesday in a conference call with exclusive-ticket holders.
“Things kind of imploded on us this year with some injuries,” director of team operations Bill Geivett said.
Injuries to starting pitching pushed the staff to go to a four-man rotation that included a 75 pitch count. Next year, the team plans to go back to the traditional five-man starting rotation, but a pitch limit could still be in use to maintain the arms of certain starters.
“The pitch count would be on an individual basis,” Geivett said. “Their job is to go out there and get outs with however many pitches we give them.”
In getting their own players back in the lineup for next season, the Rockies do not think they need to improve via trade this winter.
“You have to put into context that your Gold-Glove shortstop (Troy Tulowitzki) didn’t play for most of the year,” general manager Dan O’Dowd said. “Your All-Star first baseman (Todd Helton) didn’t play for most of the year.”
“We’re not looking to move anybody. Really there is no posturing here,” Geivett added. “We like our players, we like how they fit with our club.”
Rather than find solutions in the trade market, Geivett is looking internally to find out why injuries were such a big problem in 2012.
“I’ve looked at and tried to examine our conditioning and our players in regards to our health,” he said. “There is an over-training aspect to our players and that’s something we need to address.”
Last season, Dexter Fowler led the team offensively in wins above replacement (WAR) at 3.5 while Rafael Betancourt led all pitchers on the staff with a 2.5 WAR.
The Rockies will need much more than that to make a run at the postseason in 2013.