Troy Tulowitzki is fed up. While working his way back into form from his recent hip injury, the Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop all but called out the front office demanding “something needs to change” with the Rockies before 2015. For those who still follow the Rockies, and I’m positive the number dwindles daily, their recent slide has landed them on the bottom line of the NL West.
“Something needs to change. It doesn’t mean I want out of here. It means I’m sick and tired of losing,” said Tulowitzki. While Tulo continues to tiptoe around what he really wants, I’ll go ahead and clear the air.
Troy Tulowitzki wants out of Colorado.
Look at the facts. At 29 years old, with an injury ridden body, it is likely he is reaching the peak of his career. Right now we are seeing the best of Troy Tulowitzki and the worst of the Colorado Rockies. It’s a painful combination of pretty damn good and pretty damn bad. But what does he have to show for it? One trip to the World Series, sure, but how about just three winning seasons as a member of the Colorado Rockies, a lifetime winning percentage of .482 and soon to be three consecutive seasons finishing dead last in the division.
Despite his injury, Tulo’s .340 batting average and .432 on-base percentage are the best in baseball. He’s one of the best players in baseball, and one of the few remaining five-tool players. In short, he’s a hot commodity that would fit well on plenty of other rosters. Other rosters who make their intentions of winning a reality.
To make matters worse, Tulo didn’t hesitate to point out what the Red Sox have accomplished in recent years. Remodeling a last place team, the Sox were able to grab another world championship. While they have fallen back in the AL East, the precedent of a team making changes to turn things around is there. Unfortunately for Tulo and the Rockies, Dan O’Dowd is no Ben Cherington.
If Tulowitzki wishes to wind down his career as one of the premiere players on a less than mediocre ballclub, his long-term deal that keeps him in Colorado through 2020 will grant him the opportunity. However, if Tulo is craving a trip back to the playoffs and looking to get himself a ring, he’s going to have to do it somewhere else.
It’ll be an interesting winter. Tulo’s frustrations appear to be close to boiling over. Meanwhile the Rockies keep searching for a foothold to turn the direction of the franchise around. My guess is that if agent Paul Cohen hasn’t left a few voice messages on Dick Monfort’s phone about Tulo’s intentions, then a serious meeting will be taking place later this year. And oh what I’d give to be a fly on the wall of Dick Monfort’s office when Troy Tulowitzki finally demands a ticket out of Colorado.