|Rockies’ Todd Helton apologizes after DUI arrest||02.07.13 at 10:26 am ET|
Rockies first baseman Todd Helton released a statement through the team Wednesday apologizing for his arrest overnight in a Denver suburb for drunken driving and careless driving.
“Last evening I exercised poor judgment and was charged with drinking and driving after driving to a gas station near my house,” Helton said. “I am very sorry and embarrassed by my actions. I hold myself to a high standard and take my responsibility as a public figure very seriously. My entire career I have worked to set a positive example for my family and in our community and I fell far short of this standard.
“I sincerely ask my family, the Colorado Rockies organization, Major League Baseball and the community to accept my apology. I make no excuses and accept full responsibility for my actions. I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
Helton, 39, has announced that he will play his final season in 2013. The five-time All-Star played just 69 games last year before undergoing hip surgery in August. In his 16-year career, all with the Rockies, he has 2,420 hits, 354 home runs and 1,345 RBIs.
“We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization,” the Rockies said in a statement. “We know that he clearly understands the seriousness of his poor decision, the harm that could have been inflicted on others and the embarrassment his mistake has caused to himself, his family, the Colorado Rockies organization and to Major League Baseball.
“Todd is taking full accountability for his actions with his family, his fans and the organization. The man we have grown to know has strong values that are grounded in his family and hard work. Todd clearly understands the severity of the situation.”
|Rockies ace Jorge De La Rosa out for season||05.25.11 at 1:03 pm ET|
The Rockies won the first game of their doubleheader with the Diamondbacks Tuesday, but that did not come without a price. Starter Jorge De La Rosa left the game in the third inning with some discomfort in his pitching elbow and went to the hospital for further evaluation. It was learned that he had torn ligament in his left elbow and will be out for the remainder of the season.
De La Rosa entered the game with a 5-2 record and a 3.51 ERA and was the Rockies’ staff ace thus far.
“He was a big part of our team,” said Greg Reynolds, who won the game in relief. “There’s not too many guys that have stuff like Jorge. Someone’s going to have to step up. If that’s me, I’ll be ready for the challenge. If I’m picked to fill the role, I’ll give it everything I got and I’ll be ready for it.”
|Rockies show interest in outfielder Justin Upton, pitcher Gavin Floyd||11.18.10 at 1:18 pm ET|
The Rockies recently inquired about the availability of outfielder Justin Upton, and have discussed with the White Sox about acquiring starting pitcher Gavin Floyd, the Denver Post reported. Upton, a 23-year-old member of the Diamondbacks, is coming off of an All-Star season. But Arizona is asking for four to five players in return for the young star. He has $49.5 million remaining on his contract that runs up in 2015.
Floyd is under contract until 2012 but could be shopped around if the White Sox receive relevant offensive talent in return. Third baseman Ian Stewart could be a target in the potential deal, however the Rockies don’t have another third baseman to step in.
The Rockies have shown interest in Floyd as the likelihood of resigning free agent pitcher Jorge De La Rosa has decreased.
|Pirates to hire Clint Hurdle as manager||11.14.10 at 1:28 pm ET|
The Pirates have hired Clint Hurdle as their manager, signing him to a three-year deal, reports MLB.com. Hurdle was a former manager for the Colorado Rockies from 2002-2009 and he also was the hitting coach for the Rangers in 2010. The official announcement is expected to be made on Monday.
Hurdle was a candidate for the Mets manager position but he will now take over a Pirates team that lost 105 games last season and fired manager John Russell. The Pirates haven’t had a winning season since 1992, the longest streak in professional sports.
Hurdle managed the Rockies and was a part of their 2007 World Series run. He posted a 534-625 record while managing the team. In Texas, Hurdle helped the Rangers lead the majors in hitting with a .276 batting average.
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