Rank #1: Episode 42 | May 1, 2015: Super-Sized PDP
It's the biggest edition of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast ever, and it's coming to you on PDP 42, the Jackie Robinson Edition. We're taking a trip to the Rockies' glory days of our childhood with interviews with the man to throw the first pitch in franchise history David Nied, four-time All-Star Dante Bichette, and arguably the franchise's greatest player Larry Walker. We'll continue our early season run through the Rockies' Minor League affiliates by checking in with Keaton Gillogly, radio voice of a prospect-laden Modesto Nuts team. Plus music this week from Denver band Rossonian. PDP 42 comin' atcha!
Rank #2: Episode 155 | January 16, 2019: So Daniel Murphy Happened
Less than a month remains until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, and YOUR Colorado Rockies have made one big (?) offseason move in signing noted controversy-free second baseman Daniel Murphy. In addition to not being a polarizing guy at all, he's going to be asked to play first base in Colorado, apparently, a position where he doesn't have aw hole ton of experience. So that's a thing that's gone on this offseason. We'll break down the Murphy signing in baseball and non-baseball terms and attempt to put into perspective what the last couple of offseasons in baseball say about the free agent market as a whole. Plus, the Rockies are headed for arbitration with Nolan Arenado. Is that a bad sign for his future with the organization or just the way this thing was probably headed all along. Finally, we field a bunch of #AskPDPs and try to imagine all kinds of dystopian futures where Adam Ottavino is a Yankee and Nolan is a Dodger and life is rendered meaningless. It's the 155th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Keep it under the tarp in your shopping cart for sustenance while traversing The Road!
Rank #3: Episode 109 | June 29, 2017: Nevermind, Get Back On That Ledge, My Friend
Things have not been what you, the viewing public, would call "good" lately for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball. Losing is afoot. Is the dreaded June swoon finally rearing its head to sink the early season good fortunes of the strong baseball men in purple? Eh, probably not. Sometimes teams play like garbage for a couple of weeks. The 2007 Rockies went 1-9 on a road trip and lost eight straight and still went to the World Series. Whaddaya want from me? We'll discuss why it's too early to FREAK THE HECK OUT about what's going on with this losing streak. There are things to be concerned about (we'll discuss those too), but the overall trend is still very much up for this team. Plus, a REAL journalist joins the show! Jonathan McNicol of WNPR in Connecticut joins us to talk about his podcast, "The Second First Season" which is currently following the Double-A Hartford Yard Goats through their first season in Hartford and second season in existence. It's the 109th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Melt it down and jump into it!
Rank #4: Episode 112 | August 3, 2017: [Insert Witty Title Here]
With the Major League Baseball trade deadline in the rear view mirror, the PDP returns to review the movess the Rockies made -- and didn't make. Pat Neshek and Jonathan Lucroy seem good! The fact that the Rockies didn't overspend for someone else also seems good! What does it all mean going toward the stretch run? Who knows, man. Life is an incredible tapestry of mystery. Tyler Chatwood got the start for the Rockies on Wednesday and was...not good. Are there any ways Colorado can reduce his amount wof work at Coors Field (where he's struggled mightily) while still getting him starts on the road (where he's been very good)? We'll discuss. Last but not least, Carlos Gonzalez is riding the world's weirdest 11-game hitting streak. Is it a sign that, as we've been told since April, HE'S HEATING UP? Probably not, but it's a possibility! Or maybe it isn't. But it's better than 11 games with no hits which is what it's felt like for the majority of the year.
Rank #5: Episode 154 | December 19, 2018: A Long December (And November And October)
You, the loyal PDP fan, have been clamoring for a new episode in recent weeks, so here we are. And it's great to be here to talk about...??????? The Rockies have done nothing but hire a hitting coach and acquire a couple of minor league catchers so far this offseason, so we'll attempt to make some lemonade out of those lemons. But really though, what is the plan for this offseason? Will Jeff Bridich finally decide he's ready to trade prospects for established big league talent to fill yawing chasms of productivity in his lineup? Or will he stick with his young guys and maybe -- wait for it -- actually give Bud Black the go-ahead to play them in 2019? They've gotta do something! Plus, what does the Rockies' reluctance to discuss dealing Brendan Rodgers say about Nolan Arenado's possible future in purple pinstripes? Plus Larry Walker's Hall of Fame candidacy is finally getting its moment in the spotlight. While Walker might not make it into the Hall this year, his support is skyrocketing. We'll take a look at what that means for his chances going forward. It's the 154th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Wrap it up and toss it under the tree to be underwhelmed with it come Christmas morn'!
Rank #6: Episode 114 | August 17, 2017: Chad Bettis? More Like Chad Badass IMO
The Rockies' most inspiring story hit its highest point so far when cancer-slaying hero Chad Bettis returned to the Coors Field mound on Monday and turned in seven shutout innings. It felt so much bigger than baseball to so many, and we'll attempt to break down our thoughts from that day. Plus, Bettis's return gives the Rockies something they have to be thrilled with right now: a full -- and strong-- starting rotation. With Bettis, Kyle Freeland, Jon Gray, Jeff Hoffman and German Marquez forming the group, Colorado now has its most talented arms lined up 1-5 and can utilize Antonio Senzatela and Tyler Chatwood in more clearly defined relief roles. With that, we acknowledge that the pitching staff has in fact been good this year. The offense has not been so. We'll discuss how things could improve in that area and what it means that the Rockies have played barely-above-.500 ball against arguably the weakest portion of their schedule. Plus we're sure there's other stuff in here that you'll like listening to! That might debatable, but hey who knows! It's the 114th episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Grind it down to a fine powder and add it to your chocolate shake for a creamy malt mix!
Rank #7: Episode 111 | July 28, 2017: McMahonMania
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is just three days away, and YOUR Colorado Rockies have already made a pretty impressive move, acquiring All-Star reliever Pat Neshek at not-too-high a cost. What will the next few days look like, and how will the roster stack up come Tuesday? Enough of that craziness, let's get to the stuff you're excited to hear. Rockies prospect Ryan McMahon joins this week's edition of the show to talk about his blistering hot start with Triple-A Albuquerque, learning new infield positions, and why he had to spend a lengthy part of Friday morning sitting in the sun outside the drive-thru of an Albuquerque Starbucks. (Sorry, Ryan.) Plus, how long can the Rockies afford to keep a struggling Carlos Gonzalez in the lineup? It's...not fun. But we'll discuss. It's all on this week's edition of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast! Fire up your monster truck and leap over it!
Rank #8: Episode 10 | May 24, 2014: Atlanta Hotel Internet Capers
We'll level with you straight out: this episode sucks. There, now that we've gotten that out of the way... Episode 10 is here! You guys clamored so much on Twitter, we figured we'd let you have it. Be forewarned, it took many hours in the PDP labs to make this sound even remotely listenable, thanks to atrocious Atlanta hotel internet. But baseball talk you want, and baseball talk you shall HAVE. This week, we go guest-free and talk lots of roster stuff. Mostly: pump the brakes with all this Eddie Butler/Jon Gray speculation. We tell you why. Plus, the joys of playing meaningful games in May (that's sad, isn't it?) and a promise for a better show next week. Join us, won't you?!
Rank #9: Episode 153 | October 16, 2018: Smile Because It Happened Or Something
The 2018 Rockies season came to an end in disappointing fashion last week, and after taking some time to cool down, the PDP returns for its annual postmortem. We'll look back on the National League Division Series and try to dissect what went wrong against the Milwaukee Brewers. There isn't much left to discuss about the NLDS, though, so this episode is a forward-looking one. The 2018 Rockies season was a success. It didn't end the way any of us wanted, but there's no other way to look at it than another step in the right direction. Even with that, the Rockies have many pressing issues heading into the offseason. We'll look ahead at some of the biggest decisions that are coming over the next several months before another big season opens in Colorado. All that and more is here in the 153rd episode of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. Weave it into a nice pair of socks for the cold winter ahead!
Rank #10: Episode 30 | November 10, 2014: Thanks, LOLMets!
The first big player transaction news of the offseason is here: Michael Cuddyer has rejected the Rockies' qualifying offer to head to the Mets, giving Colorado a supplemental first round pick in 2015 and more roster flexibility heading into the 2014 Hot Stove campaign. What does the move mean for the offseason and next year? We'll discuss and probably be wrong. Plus, the Rockies are rportedly dipping their organizational toe into the waters of possibly trading Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. We'll look at possible suitors and scenarios for those deals. We're taking your #AskPDP questions and more on the Kevin Ritz Memorial Edition of the show!
Rank #11: Episode 29 | October 15, 2014: LIVE from Los Angeles!
The last time the PDP was in your eardrums, we were talking about how nothing had changed. Now: PANDEMONIUM. We're talking lots of Jeff Bridich and administration change at 20th and Blake on the 29th edition of the show. The Rockies made a change in the front office. How much worse could things get than the last group? Plus a ton of non sequiturs as Anthony and Tyler record in the same place for the FIRST TIME. It's really quite annoying.
Rank #12: Episode 28 | October 2, 2014: Putting a Bow on 2014
After a brief hiatus, the PDP is back with our 2014 season postmortem. Here's a hint: not much good. We have a chat with Rockies starter Tyler Matzek about his breakthrough campaign at the big league level and his hopes for 2015. Plus, we talk with Albuquerque Isotopes writer Chris Jackson about the New Mexico side's reaction to the Rockies' new Triple-A affiliation. A look back at the final weeks of 2014 and a look ahead at what figures to be an uninspiring offseason, based on tradition, is up this week in the final regular season edition of the PDP.
Rank #13: Episode 27 | September 17, 2014: Do the Affiliation Shuffle!
A weekly podcast is no place for breaking news, but we've got it anyway. The Rockies' Triple-A affiliation is headed to Albuquerque, and Double-A is moving to Connecticut. Anthony and Tyler break down what the means for fans and the organization and Simpsons references in the future. Asheville Tourists radio voice Doug Maurer joins the show to discuss the Tourists' 2014 South Atlantic League title plus Dahl, McMahon, Tapia, and more. And the guys even find some time to sprinkle in talk about the big league club. Amazing but true!
Rank #14: Episode 34 | February 21, 2015: We Are All Lew
A very special Rockies legend joins the Pedro Astacio-Shawn Chacon Memorial Edition of the PDP in Episode 34. He's likely much older and much cooler than you and has already won more Rockies Fantasy Camp championships and MVP awards than you have. This week, as Rockies pitchers and catchers report, we're talking pace of play rules changes, the early storylines of spring training, the weird things minor league coaches do on bus trips, and much more. Plus our local music opens continue, this week featuring the song "Hey Dan, I Quit" by the Lawsuit Models.
Rank #15: Episode 26 | September 10, 2014: Free Kyle Parker
It's September, the Rockies are out of contention for, y'know, anything, and yet guys like Kyle Parker still aren't getting regular at-bats. So...what? The process of evaluating talent and looking toward the future is up first on Episode 26 of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast. The guys discuss what the Rockies' rotation and lineup could look like by Opening Day 2015 on this week's show plus a discussion of the Minor League Baseball championship series prospects for the Double-A Tulsa Drillers and Class A Asheville Tourists.
Rank #16: Episode 35 | March 12, 2015: It'll be interesting!
With Cactus League action underway, the John Vander Wal memorial edition of the PDP is comin' in hot. In this week's edition, we're prospect-heavy, going over Baseball America's Top 10 Rockies prospects and discussing the early spring action of Jon Gray and Eddie Butler. Troy Tulowitzki's back in action and looking healthy, so naturally everyone's freaking out that bad luck is sure to follow. We'll give you updates on that, Charlie Blackmon's spring debut, and Jorge De La Rosa's groin issue. Plus, we'll tell you what a Yard Goat is and how it might have a place in the Rockies' system in 2016. All that and more on Episode 35 of the Purple Dinosaur Podcast!
Rank #17: Episode 32 | December 24, 2014: Merry Roxmas
Heading somewhere for the holidays? Take Episode 32 of the PDP with you! This week, we're talking about the insanity that has overcome the National League West in recent weeks and looking at the Rockies' offseason with former Colorado starter and current ROOT Sports analyst Jason Hirsh. Plus, we'll do our own debating about the Rockies' start to the offseason. Is it time to panic, or does the Bridich administration still have a little while to get things figured out? Don't worry, our usual brand of nonsensical garbage is on tap for this holiday week, as well. Get pumped.
Rank #18: Episode 49 | June 19, 2015: Heading Out to The Junc
Short-season baseball has arrived as the Grand Junciton Rockies and Boise Hawks open their season with a wealth of talent at the Rockies' lower minor league levels. We'll chat with Grand Junction general manager Tim Ray on Episode 49 of the PDP. We'll preview the Rockies and Hawks and their outlook for 2015 as well as discuss Colorado's recent draft signings. Plus a discussion of Jon Gray's impending promotion which will be ridiculous if it doesn't happen for Sunday. All that and more on the Byung-hyun Kim Memorial Edition of the show!
Rank #19: Episode 50 | June 26, 2015: We Made It To 50 Episodes
Seriously, how did you people let us get to 50 episodes of this show? It's true! We made it! This week's show is guest-free and all banter, just the way you love (read: probably hate) it. We'll talk about some concerning steps backward for Eddie Butler and Tyler Matzek but some steps in the right direction for other things Rockies-related. It's all coming your way on the Jamie Moyer (he's old and so are we) Memorial Edition of the PDP! Thanks to all of you who have stuck with us through the first 50. Here's to 50 more to come.
Rank #20: Episode 51 | July 10, 2015: #Tulo and Luther Hackman
We're back! After a holiday hiatus, the PDP returns with Baseball Prospectus swing guru Ryan Parker. We'll discuss what makes Raimel Tapia such an elite offensive prospect, David Dahl's continued development and return from injury, Class A second baseman and Tyler man crush Forrest Wall, the problem with hitting at Coors Field, and much more. Plus the Rockies make a push to get Troy Tulowitzki to the All-Star Game in Cincinnati. You enraged local media members with your willingness to vote on Twitter, so that makes us happy. Finally, we'll chat about Nick Groke's latest story on the team's feelings regarding Jon Gray still kicking around Triple-A.