Rockies no longer toil in NL shadows |

Rockies no longer toil in NL shadows

Troy E. Renck
The Denver Post

TUCSON – It wasn’t too long ago that the good folks at NORAD couldn’t locate the Rockies. They flew well below the radar, even after their first World Series appearance in 2007.

Hi Corbett Field – or is it Bye Corbett Field? – is still nothing more than a layover for the national press, but the Rockies are finally getting noticed. During an ESPN conference call Wednesday, broadcaster Jon Miller and analysts Rick Sutcliffe and Orel Hershiser picked the Rockies to win their first-ever National League West crown.

“I have them favored,” said Sutcliffe, a former Cy Young Award winner who has been working with Cubs pitchers this spring. “They have an MVP candidate in (Troy) Tulowitzki. They have a Hall of Famer in Todd Helton. And in Ubaldo Jimenez, they have somebody that’s ready to step up and be a No. 1 (pitcher), not just for their team, but in the National League.”

Tulowitzki finished fifth in the MVP voting last season. Jimenez, who won 15 games last season, was named the Rockies’ opening-day starter. Miller singled out two other players when discussing Colorado’s chances. He has a unique perspective as both an ESPN broadcaster and a mainstay on the Giants’ telecasts.

“They are the team to beat, the favorite. The guys I am looking at that have so much talent are Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez,” Miller said. “They could be huge stars, and I anticipate that they are going to be big-time stars, all-stars this year.”

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