After hiring Eric Young Sr. as their first base/baserunning coach and Blake Doyle as their hitting coach yesterday, the Rockies have turned their focus to Justin Morneau and are aggressively pursuing the longtime Twin, according to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck.
The Rockies have a vacancy at first base following the retirement of franchise icon Todd Helton. Morneau could replace Helton’s left-handed bat, and Coors Field would serve as an ideal platform for the former AL MVP to reestablish his reputation as a feared power hitter.
Morneau, 32, batted .259/.323/.411 with 17 home runs between the Twins and Pirates in 2013. However, if you take out the month of August in which he drilled nine home runs in a span of 29 games, his power stroke was rarely on display. Morneau has been seeking to rediscover his peak form since a concussion ended his 2010 season – when he was batting .345/.437/.618 on July 7 of that year – but since that time, he’s dealt with severe post-concussion symptoms as well as injuries to his wrist and neck, both of which have required surgery.