After getting a rare day off on Tuesday, Nolan Arenado came back firing on all cylinders on Wednesday, becoming only the ninth player in MLB history to hit home runs in three consecutive innings in an 18-4 win against the Padres. Unfortunately for local fans of the Colorado Rockies, they were not able to witness his dominant performance, because AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain — known until last week as Root Sports — was taking the day off from broadcasting. As Stephanie Asptein of Sports Illustrated notes, the Rockies exclusive television affiliate only broadcasts 150 games per year.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer Close ESPN.com senior writer Author of "License to Deal" Former Denver Post national baseball writer Follow on Twitter During the runup to Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline, a central theme invariably emerges. In 2016, the media hyperventilated over the fate of three difference-making relievers -- Aroldis Chapman, Andrew Miller and Mark Melancon. The year before that, David Price, Johnny Cueto and Cole Hamels all changed addresses before July 31. It was an eventful summer for aces on the move. Until the Diamondbacks shook things up with a trade for outfielder J.D. Martinez on Tuesday, the most prominent storyline for this year's deadline was "fear
Buster Olney ESPN Senior Writer Close Senior writer ESPN Magazine/ESPN.com Analyst/reporter ESPN television Author of "The Last Night of the Yankee Dynasty" Follow on Twitter A year ago today, the trade market was saturated with Ryan Braun rumors. The Brewers outfielder was having a big bounce-back season, hitting well over .300 and playing so well that the Dodgers, Giants and other teams dug into the question of his potential acquisition cost. But Braun’s trajectory since then demonstrates that circumstances can change very quickly in the trade market -- a good reminder for teams as they sort through possible deals leading up to the July 31 trade deadline. Braun is not the only player who has