Opening Day is less than two weeks away. That means the Rockies are now letting pitchers hit in Spring Training games http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , and some lineups are starting to look curiously close to what theyr17;ll look like when the games start counting. Nobody is worried about Nolan Arenador17;s .219 batting average, but there are quite a few other players whose performances may affect where theyr17;ll start the 2019 regular season. Letr17;s take a look a the Good and the Bad of that, as well as other happenings around baseball. The GoodRaimel Tapia has 13 more Spring Training plate appearances than he had during the 2018 regular season r12; 40 to 27(!). He hasnr17;t hit that well, with a slash line of .237/..268/.395, but I consider the hefty number of plate appearances a good sign that the Rockies see him as a part of the team in 2019. Her17;ll likely be the fourth outfielder, and he sort of has to be on the team because her17;s out of options, so this is sort of a Good with a caveat, but we donr17;t have a Tepid category so this is where he goes. We talked about Jon Gray last week, and he still fits here. Gray has now struck out 14 batters and walked just one in 12 2鈦? innings pitched. On the one hand, I want nothing less than Gray re-igniting that aimless r0;is he an ace?r1; debate; but on the other hand, I want him to give us a good reason to have it. The other guys on top of the Rockiesr17; rotation, German M谩rquez and Kyle Freeland, are also spending their Spring Trainings striking dudes out. M谩rquez has struck out 13 in eight innings, Freeland 12 in nine. The BadPat Valaika has been on a mini hot streak during Spring Training, which has caused some to think of him as something of a possible regular season contributor r12; maybe even someone to play Mark Reynolds out of a job. Why is he in The Bad then? Itr17;s because he has an on base percentage better than his batting average, which means that, in 36 spring plate appearances, Valaika has more sacrifices (1) than walks (0). Unless your17;re so optimistic that Valaika can actually hold a .300 batting average during the regular season (which still wouldnr17;t be good without taking any walks) Robin Yount Jersey , this is clearly bad. The moment Valaika was hitting .400 with power was a classic Spring Training ruse. Mark Reynolds, however, isnr17;t really doing much to claim that job either. While her17;s doing the opposite of Valaika and is walking a lot r12; Reynolds is batting .143 and still has a higher OBP than Valaika r12; her17;s also getting close to a state of Perfect Mark Reynolds. That is, a super low batting average, enough walks to claim playability, and a ton of strikeouts (10 in 35 PAs). It may not be enough to make the team. Speaking of not making the team, I was really hoping that Brendan Rodgers would have the type of spring to force the Rockies to make a hard decision at second base. Her17;s not. Rodgers has only one extra base hit in 35 plate appearances, and her17;s clearly headed to Triple-A for more seasoning to start 2019. Another moment of bad came with the rollout of a sartorial decision. Herer17;s a uniform change for the Rockies in 2019: Now, before we get into this, letr17;s explain what this is and what this isnr17;t. This is a change that will only affect the pants only at home and only with the purple and black alternate jerseys. Also, the pants will still have purple piping. Still though: These are bad. The reason is simple. The change is taking something fun and interesting r12; baseball is the only context wherein pinstripes are a good choice r12; and made it boring. And the Rockies purple pinstripes are iconic and unique to the team. These just get the Rockiesr17; uniforms slightly closer to everyone elser17;s. Itr17;s too bad, because the last change the Rockies made, the new purple, was great. What else is goodIr17;m starting to make plans for my trip to Colorado for the home opener. This has become a yearly pilgrimage for me, and it doubles as a visit to Coors Field for a few games and visiting friends and family. This year, Ir17;m attending the Saturday game with a good friend I havenr17;t seen in a few years. We became friends around 2007 and watched game 163 together at the Old Chicago in downtown Colorado Springs. I feel a bit bad for the people who watched the game literally anywhere else, as it was an amazing community experience with one long-time friend and a whole bunch of fleeting ones (boisterous Padres fan very much excluded). What was good for you this week? The Orioles have their coaches for the season. Now they just need to get some players. Or, you know http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , keep the 47-115 guys."Hello, friends.There are now 63 days remaining until the next Orioles game. Wer17;re down to fewer than three weeks until pitchers and catchers report to start spring training, and even closer than that, just two days until FanFest.Two days until FanFest is as good of a time as any to at last have a coaching staff. If you missed yesterday eveningr17;s news, the Orioles finally announced theirs. There are four former MLBers including two who played for the Or17;s, and three of the eight coaches were in the Or17;s organization last year. There is no bench coach, but there is a major league field coordinator/catching instructor.The Orioles are going to be a bad baseball team this season. They were going to be bad no matter who was hired for their coaching staff or when. Itr17;s nice that itr17;s finally settled, though, and the Or17;s can move on to... whatever is next. Maybe they will actually sign a free agent just for fun? I make this request mostly as a blogger who would like for there to be some news for content on his website over the next month.Around the blogOr17;sphereEsskay Orioles franks to soon disappear from Camden Yards, store shelves (Baltimore Sun)Longtime readers of Camden Chat know what a tragedy this is for me on a personal level.The trip started in Montoursville and will end up in Cooperstown (Steve Melewski)Can I get enough r0;Mussina is in the HOFr1; content? The answer is no. I cannot get enough.Martinez, Rivera, Mussina humbled by HOF news (Orioles.com)Ir17;m not even going to get offended that Mussina listed two Yankees moments as his most memorable pitching outings.This, that, and the other (School of Roch)Roch predicted a coaching staff announcement r0;soonr1; and it happened yesterday. He also expects minor league coaching staffs and spring training invites soon. Maybe today!Birthdays and anniversariesA pair of former Orioles were born on this day. They are: 2016 reliever Ashur Tolliver, and 1978-83 reliever Tim Stoddard, who turns 66 today.Is today your birthday? Happy birthday to you! Your birthday buddies for today include: wall-building Roman emperor Hadrian (76), Prussiar17;s Frederick the Great (1712), novelist Edith Wharton (1862) http://www.brewersfanproshop.com/authentic-orlando-arcia-jersey , musician Warren Zevon (1947), actor John Belushi (1949), comedian Yakov Smirnoff (1951), gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton (1968), and early Hamilton actor Daveed Diggs (1982).On this day in history...In 41, the infamously cruel Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated by his own Praetorian Guards.In 1848, the California Gold Rush began upon the discovery of gold at Sutterr17;s Mill near Sacramento by James W. Marshall.In 1933, after ratification by four states the previous day, the 20th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified nationwide. The main purpose of theamendment was to move the beginning of Congressional and presidential terms from March to January.In 1972, a Japanese soldier, Sgt. Shoichi Yokoi, was found hiding in the jungle of Guam, where he had been since the island fell to the Allies in 1944. Upon returning to Japan, he reportedly said, r0;It is with much embarrassment that I return.r1;In 1984, Appler17;s Macintosh computer was first placed on sale in America.**And thatr17;s the way it is in Birdland on January 24 - or at least, unless something happens later. Have a safe Thursday.