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The offseason promises speculation and improved health for Troy Tulowitzki.
He knows there will be trade rumors connected to his name — especially as long as the Cardinals, and perhaps Yankees, need an everyday shortstop. While the team’s season has not gone as hoped, the two-time all-star has avoided leg problems that ruined 2012.
He missed 25 games with a fracture of his fifth right rib. But the groin injury, other than a strain in May that cost him a few games, never proved to be an issue.
“My offseason will be different. I will be going into this feeling better than I ever have,” Tulo witzki said. “All last (offseason), I was meeting with the physical therapist every day. My focus was on getting in the lineup on opening day. My focus this winter will be on getting better.”
Tulowitzki said his rib injury has healed. He still feels it sometimes, but it doesn’t affect his swing or his range defensively. Tulowitzki entered Wednesday batting .313 with 22 home runs, 48 extra-base hits, and 73 RBIs. He has committed seven errors in 536 chances, leaving him a contender for his third gold glove, though he will face tough competition from the Braves’ Andrelton Simmons.
Tulowitzki turns 29 next month and has $134 million remaining on his contract. Even with a stint on the disabled list, he ranks second among all shortstops in home runs to Baltimore’s J.J. Hardy.
“It gives me confidence the way my leg has responded. It has days where it’s sore, but that’s part of it,” Tulowitzki said. “I am looking forward to improving.”
PHILADELPHIA — If one asks Troy Tulowitzki about his success in the second half of seasons, he will say that’s just baseball.
“I don’t see it as a grind,” Tulowitzki said. “I guess when you have as many injuries as I have had, you understand how great it is just to play. I love this game, I love to play it, and that’s something I’ve learned the older I’ve gotten.”
Tulowitzki has begun to find the groove that has made him one of the game’s most feared hitters. Over his seven-game hit streak entering Wednesday night’s game against the Phillies, Tulowitzki hit .407 (11-for-27) with home runs in back-to-back games against Philadelphia. That marked the fifth time he hit home runs in back-to-back games this year and 25th in his career.
“It’s baseball,” Tulowitzki said. “Sometimes you’re comfortable, and sometimes you’re off. A couple weeks ago I was off a little bit. It comes and goes. As you get older you understand that a little better.”
Tulowitzki extended his hitting streak with a single in the first inning Wednesday.
As part of its new biennial induction process, Long Beach State will add nine new members into the Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame on November 12 at the Long Beach Convention Center. The decorated group of athletes and coaches including Major League Baseball All-Star Troy Tulowitzki, late football coaching legend George Allen, current Virginia Tech men’s basketball head coach Seth Greenberg and the 1989 College World Series baseball team.
“We’re very proud to announce this outstanding class of inductees for the Long Beach State Hall of Fame,” said Long Beach State Athletic Director Vic Cegles in the official press release. The Long Beach State Athletics Hall of Fame inducted its first class in 1986 and includes more than 175 members. The 2013 Hall of Fame induction class also includes former student-athletes Cassie Azevedo, Alexis Crimes, Patty Gasso, Jason Hinkin, and Shawn Wilbourn.
“The accomplishments and achievements of this group truly represent the best in what Long Beach State Athletics has to offer,” added Cegles.
On top of the marquee is one of the most famous Long Beach coaches and a Pro Football Hall of Fame member. George Allen came to Long Beach State in 1990, coaching the 49ers for one memorable and final season after 12 years in the NFL. Under Allen’s direction, the 49ers posted a perfect 6-0 record at home and won their final three games in that season before his untimely death during that offseason. George Allen Field, the home of Long Beach State women’s soccer, was dedicated in his honor in August of 1991.
Tulowitzki, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star, headlines the players to be inducted. He starting for three-years at shortstop for the Dirtbags, hitting .310 with 20 home runs, and was named first-team All-Big West as a sophomore and as a junior before being selected as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. Tulowitzki was the National League Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2007 and is a two-time Gold Glove and Silver Slugger as one of the best shortstops in professional baseball.
Speaking of Dirtbags, the class will also include the second team ever honored in Long Beach State Hall of Fame history. The 1989 Long Beach State baseball team is linked with every team to follow as the original “Dirtbags.” Under first-year head coach Dave Snow, the “Dirtbags” got their nickname from dusty practice uniforms and gritty play that helped them win a school-record 50 games and advanced the 1989 College World Series, the first Long Beach State team to go to Omaha.
The second head coach being inducted, Greenburg, led the 49ers to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in his six years while he posted a 105-70 record and still ranks second all-time in career coaching victories at Long Beach State behind only Jerry Tarkanian. Greenberg also won the 1995-96 Big West regular-season title, and coached the last two 49ers to play in the NBA in Luscious Harris and Byron Russell.
The football heritage will also be honored with the induction of former defensive back Shawn Wilbourn. In 1990 as a senior, he was an All-Big West selection after he led the 49ers with 96 tackles while adding an interception, a forced fumble and four fumble recoveries. Wilbourn was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and he also set a Long Beach State school record in the decathlon that stood until 2006 and is still the third-highest mark in school history.
Back to the dugout, 2012 NFCA Hall of Fame Inductee Patty Gasso, playing under her maiden name Patty Froelich with the 49ers, was a softball standout in the team’s early years during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. Moving into coaching, Gasso spent four seasons at Long Beach City College before taking the head coaching job at Oklahoma, where she has posted a 1032-338-3 overall record, reaching the Women’s College World Series eight times and winning two national championships in 2000 and just this last summer with a 2013 team that played for its state after devastating tornados.
From track and field, Jason Hinkin is one of the most successful individual athletes in Long Beach State history. A five-time All-American in the pole vault, Hinkin was the last 49er to win an individual national championship, earning the honor with a school-record 18’ 6.5” performance. Hinkin also still holds the school record in the outdoor pole vault, clearing 18’ 7.5”, and was a two-time Big West Champion in the event.
The 49ers will also induct Cassie Azevedo, the highest-scoring women’s water polo player in the program’s history. With 209 goals in her career, Azevedo is the school record holder and led the 49ers in goals in both 2005 and 2006. She was also a three-time All-American, a four-time All-MPSF selection and helped the 49ers reach the No. 3 ranking during the 2005 campaign.
Finally representing women’s volleyball will be four-time All-American Alexis Crimes. The 2006 Big West Player of the Year, Crimes was one of the most productive hitters in school history, ranking third all-time in career kills with 1,756 behind only Tara Cross and Danielle Scott, also Hall Of Fame members. Crimes hit .364 in her career as a dominant middle blocker and has continued her career playing with USA Volleyball and internationally.
For more information on tickets and the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, please contact the 49er Athletic Department at (562) 985-7976.
It appears shortshop Troy Tulowitzki will return from injury in time to play in the All-Star Game. But will it be in time to save the Rockies’ season? Colorado’s record was an ugly 9-16 in 25 games Tulo missed with a cracked rib. But as the team opens a critical National League West series against the Dodgers, Colorado stood only 3.5 games out of first place in the division.
Can Colorado still win this thing? Pains me to say it, but I think the West has been won. Not by Arizona, which currently resides atop the division. The prohibitive favorite is Los Angeles, because in a mediocre division, the Dodgers boast the best hitter (Yasiel Puig) and best pitcher (Clayton Kershaw). Listen to Peter Burns and I argue it out here.
What do you think? Has Tulowitzki returned in time to rescue the dream of Colorado in the playoffs?
Hey everyone, I figured it was time to put a new layout up and what’s a better day to do it then the day Tulo comes off the DL (or expected to, it hasn’t been announced yet)! This layout is made by my wonderful friend Christine! I hope you all love it as much as we do and be sure to let us know if you find any errors and feedback is always appreciated!
PHOENIX — For a team with a losing record and rebounding from a 98-loss season, the Rockies still have plenty of star power.
Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez became just the third and fourth Rockies players voted to start the All-Star Game for the National League when the final ballots were announced Saturday. It’s the first time the Rockies have a had two players voted as starters. Outfielder Michael Cuddyer was chosen as a reserve.
Tulowitzki (5,408,860 million votes) easily bested San Francisco’s Brandon Crawford at shortstop, never relenting a large lead he gained early in the process. Tulowitzki started in the 2011 as an injury replacement in Phoenix. Gonzalez is making his second consecutive all-star appearance, finishing second in the vote with 4,212,904. Gonzalez will be flanked by the Cardinals’ Carlos Beltran and Washington’s Bryce Harper.
Gonzalez started a year ago when Tony La Russa chose him to lead off and serve as the designated hitter in Kansas City.
The only previous Rockies voted to start by the fans were Dante Bichette (1996), Larry Walker (1997-98-99) and Todd Helton (2001-02-03).
Though on the disabled list with a fractured right rib, Tulowitzki has not ruled out playing in the All-Star Game. He will take batting practice again Saturday and could begin a rehab assignment, possibly with Triple-A Colorado Springs, as soon as Monday. Without a setback, Tulowitzki is targeting Thursday to rejoin the Rockies’ roster for the Dodgers series, leaving him in position to bolster a struggling lineup and to participate in the Midsummer Classic.
The Rockies entered Saturday night 7-13 since Tulowitzki was hurt diving for a groundball June 13. He is batting .347 with 16 home runs and a .413 on-base percentage. Tulo, a two-time Gold Glove winner, has committed just one error in 58 games.
“It’s hard to think that he could play much better,” manager Walt Weiss said before Tulowitzki landed on the disabled list.
Despite a recent slump, Gonzalez ranks among the league leaders in several categories. He entered Saturday leading the NL with 23 home runs and ranked fourth with 62 RBIs.
“It’s an honor to go,” said Gonzalez, who plans to bring many family members and friends to the game at Citi Field on July 16.
Cuddyer, who made his second All-Star Game, has been the Rockies’ most consistent performer. He posted a baseball-best 27-game hitting streak this season, setting a Rockies’ franchise record. Cuddyer entered Saturday batting .342 with 15 home runs, 52 RBIs and a .396 on-base percentage.
Left-hander Rex Brothers, who temporarily closed games while Rafael Betancourt was sidelined with a leg injury, had a strong case as well. The reliever entered Saturday with a 1.02 ERA, had not allowed a run on the road this season and had limited opponents to a .200 average. However, the NL team went heavy with starting pitchers. Dodgers sensation Yasiel Puig is one of five players on the MLB.com Last Man Vote.
The NL starters are:
1B: Joey Votto, Reds
2B: Brandon Phillips, Reds
SS: Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies
3B: David Wright, Mets
C: Yadier Molina, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
OF: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
OF: Bryce Harper, Nationals
DENVER — Troy Tulowitzki strolled through the clubhouse Thursday afternoon with a bat in each hand.
It was a welcome sign for Walt Weiss and Co., as the Rockies shortstop took batting practice before Thursday’s series finale against the Dodgers for the first time since he broke a right rib three weeks ago. Tulowitzki said he has not ruled out returning before the July 16 All-Star Game, but emphasized that he will not rush the recovery process.
“There could be three or four days where I feel great and say, ‘Hey, let’s go on the rehab assignment,’” Tulowitzki said. “It could be another week or two where, ‘Hey, now this thing feels good,’ after the [All-Star] break. I just don’t know.”
Weiss said he would not hold Tulowitzki back if he does feel ready before the All-Star break. The skipper looked on as his star slugger took a few swings and agreed everything went smoothly in the latest step in the rehab process.
“I’m all for that, if he’s good to go before the break,” Weiss said. “We’re not going to hold our breath to that, but if that were the case, that would be great.”
Despite taking what he called “very easy swings” on the field, Tulowitzki still smoked a few balls over the left-field wall. It was just a taste of competitive baseball but enough for him showed more than just a hint of excitement to have a bat back in his hands.
“I came away very happy about it — it’s not like I had to stop and say, ‘It’s too much pain,’” he said. ” … Now it’s all about getting treatment and taking steps in the right direction.”
Weiss said Tulowitki will join them on an upcoming 10-game road trip, which includes series against three National League West teams. He will be re-evaluated each day on the trip, his workouts and activity increased accordingly.
Tulowitki, who injured the rib diving for a ground ball, has been fielding grounders before the game for several days. He said he has fieldd without discomfort but did feel tightness when swinging.
“Defensively, I’m fine,” said Tulowitzki, who was in the midst of an MVP-type season with a .347 average, 16 homers and 51 RBIs through 61 games. “Right now I can throw the ball and field the ball, it’s just all in the swing. I’ll know. Once the ball has a little extra carry and there’s less pain, it should be ready.”
Despite missing the last three weeks, Tulowitzki still held a comfortable lead in the All-Star voting among shortstops and said he probably will attend the All-Star Game at New York’s Citi Field if he wins the fan vote, even he is not fit to play.