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Connor Joe trades cruelly with fans, but it’s necessary

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Not all necessary moves made in Major League Baseball earn points with the fanbase. Such was the case with the trade of Connor Joe from the Colorado Rockies to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. While Joe was a fan favorite in Denver, he also became a starting shortstop at Mile High City.

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Selected in the first round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates (39th overall pick), Joe runs back to the Pirates in trade That scores Little League Rockies quarterback Nick Garcia, who pitched 23 games this past High-A season and will provide Colorado some much-needed pitching depth.

The Joe Connor trade is tough for Colorado Rockies fans, but essential to the franchise

Over the past couple of seasons where there hasn’t been much cheer when it comes to the Rockies, Joe has been a bright spot. A 30-year-old Joe who Beat testicular cancer which spread to his lung, requiring chemotherapy just as the COVID-19 pandemic began to take hold in our community in early 2020, he made his way into Colorado’s lineup last summer and secured a day-to-day role that included serving as the team’s batter. Joe thrived in the role before a hamstring injury on September 3 prematurely ended his season.

He finished 2021 with a cut of .285/.379/.469 in 179 at-bats and looked poised to play a pivotal role for the Rockies in 2022. Chanting “Joe, Joe, Joe” cheers as he came to a plate in Denver and sharing an energy and infectious smile, he quickly What has become a fan favorite Joe.

However, 2022 was a different story. 139/.209/.266 only in the second half of the season and had only 65 appearances after August 1. The magic Joe created in 2021 disappeared in 2022, and Joe, despite his best efforts and hard work, just couldn’t find his rhythm.

As Joe struggled, finding him a place to play in a crowded field and first base became more difficult for manager Bud Black. Add Nolan Jones From the Cleveland Guardians This offseason didn’t help Joe’s situation, so perhaps the writing was on the wall for Joe, turning the trade table back to Pittsburgh.

Colorado was reshuffling its roster this off-season, trading Pirates Joe and outfielder Sam Hilliard to the Atlanta Braves while also severing ties with Garrett Hampson, who made the cut. Since then I have signed with the Miami Marlins trying to restart his faltering career. The moves show that GM Bill Schmidt, who has outside options on prospects Brenton Doyle and Zac Finn climbing through the minors, won’t stand for a team with a 142-181 mark over the past two seasons. While the moves themselves may not be individually popular, seeing some sort of change in Denver is a welcome sign as Rockies fans watch the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres reload again.

Make no mistake about it… Connor Joe will be missed in Denver for what he has done for the team on and off the field. However, with his time with the Rockies coming to an end, fans can also hope that this is another step towards better days ahead for 20th and Blake.

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