Message from Rocky’s parents: Isotopes should win when they are studied

Sean Buchard wears a sombre and is greeted by his teammates after scoring a huge double in the first inning against La Familia de Tacoma on Saturday night for the Albuquerque isotopes, who played as his substitute Mariahis de Nuevo Mexico. (Mike Sandoval / For the magazine)

You play for victory.

Or the coaching cliché goes away.

But the reality at the minor league baseball level – one of which is largely funded and operated by senior boys at the major league level – history tells us that winning games is often second (or lower) on the list of priorities behind the main goal of the game. ). player development.

Chris Forbes says it’s time for the Colorado Rockies to highlight both – a message that the Triple-A Albuquerque isotopes have recently received loud and clear. Their 10-3 win over Tacoma Rainers on Saturday night was their fourth straight victory.

Chris Forbes (Photo by Colorado Rockis)

“When we talk about the balance between winning and developing players, they need to get closer together,” said Forbes, director of player development in Colorado Rockis. “If you develop the players properly, you win. And if you win, you will also develop that mindset in the club and in these stores. Culture is important. “

The isotopes – which have belonged to the Florida (now Miami) Marlins, Los Angeles Dodgers and now the Rockies since 2003 – have finished just seven of 18 seasons with a record better than .500.

That doesn’t mean those MLB teams felt the Isotopes seasons weren’t successful. The ultimate goal, ultimately, is to prepare players to help on the big league roster. Sometimes this means limited action for a big league in a recovery appointment or allows the pitcher to work for a long time, even if it stays in the cafe every time he throws it. Fights that can’t be done at the big league level, where the only goal is victory, can be a frustrating reality for a Triple-A manager, allowing the player to develop these skills in a game situation, even if perhaps the best scenario is not to ensure victory.

But where Isotopes second-year manager Warren Schaeffer says he appreciates the support of his Rocky front office executives, who agree with his general thinking: You can do both. And more importantly, according to Schaeffer, the study of victory is as much a component of the development and growth of the player as the study of each field.

“There’s a certain 100% skill to win,” Schaeffer said. “I mean you look at an organization like the Dodgers that have been winning for a long time now. You see, it goes through them all day when they train there. … We try to be better than the Dodgers. “

Forbes said the Rockies are looking for players who now have to fill the junior league roster and win history and want to make sure, he said, one of those final boxes that should be checked before being called up. the big league is all about winning skills. So he doesn’t want to use Schaeffer every night on his entire list.

Andrea Craig (third from right) and Camora Craig (fourth from right) pose with staff at the Hispano Chamber of Commerce during a Mariachi night celebration on Saturday night in the Isotope Park. (Mike Sandoval / For the magazine)

“For me, victory is incredibly important,” Forbes said. “And we’re serious about winning in the minor league games, because I don’t think you can teach them how to win at the major league level; on the way up there must be some kind of victory. …

“That’s something I always talk to our players about. It’s your job as a Rocky player to put your finger on the pulse of every game, every night, and win. There’s one person every night.”

After starting 1-5 in a series of six road games against a strong Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Isotopes have won four times in a row at home and are now in a 5-6 season in their youth season.

And to show how skill development and victory can go hand in hand, Schaeffer pointed to three rebels who were used in Saturday’s win over Tacoma, who closed the game with three unanswered points.

“(Ben) Bowden was working on the game tonight (in the seventh round) and he put up a free kick,” Schaeffer said. “Zach Lee was trying to get more balls into the game and he did it (in the eighth). He put up an invaluable shot. (Logan) Cozart was working on changes and extensions to his football. without a goal. So you can do both and give the guys confidence to be able to do both. “

‘TOPES SUNDAY: Vs. Tacoma

“Isotope Park,” 13.35, 610 PM / 95.9 FM

FATHER: Easter egg hunt / magnetic table gifts

Probabilities: LHP Rainiers Nick Margevicius (0-1, 11.57) against Isotopes RHP Frank Duncan (0-0, 11.05)

SATURDAY: The first round of Sean Buhard gave the Isotopes an early lead in the fourth game in a row. And for the fourth game in a row, they beat the Tacoma Rainiers 10-3 in front of a crowd of 8,330 declared pyrotechnics.

Albuquerque had 11 hits, including three lifetimes and seven extra shots. Four relays were combined for 3⅔ innings without points.

Great Buhard’s summer was the third for Isotopes in the series – the most for any team at all levels of professional baseball this season. Tacoma allowed five total games in 130 games in 2021.

The isotopes played the game as their ego, Mariachis de Nuevo Mexico.

Boxing score: Albuquerque 10, Tacoma 3

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