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4 Colorado Rockies
Albert Chen
March 26, 2007
MANAGER CLINT HURDLE sixth season with Rockies IN LATE AUGUST, after a once promising season had turned into yet another Rocky Mountain Horror Show, Colorado made what at the time seemed a trivial late-season roster move. The Rockies, who had plunged to last place after a 44--40 start, called up 31-year-old second baseman Kazuo Matsui, the former Japanese superstar who wilted in the Big Apple after signing a three-year, $20.1 million contract with the Mets in 2004. "At the time we were looking for an offensive identity," says general manager Dan O'Dowd, who traded utility player Eli Marrero to New York for Matsui in June, then immediately sent Matsui, who had been struggling at the plate, to Triple A Colorado Springs. "We weren't aggressive. We were first in sacrifice bunts and had little speed. We needed a spark--but we had no idea it would come from Kaz."
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* New acquisition
(R) Rookie
B-T: Bats-throws
WHIP: Walks plus hits per inning pitched
PVR: Player Value Ranking (explanation on page 77)

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