The Rockies are wearing a new shade of purple this year

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The Rockies have had purple elements in their livery since the team began play in 1993, first as a mere accent color and then more prominently. Now they frequently wear a solid purple alternate jersey. During spring training they wear it pretty constantly.

Except it hasn’t really been truly purple. There has been an element of blue or maybe violet to it. Less Prince circa 1984 and more, I dunno, Samuel L. Jackson in “Unbreakable.” It was darker and, under the lights of a night game, looked darker still.

But not anymore. The Rockies have gone to a truer, lighter purple this season:

Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post talks to Rockies players and coaches for their opinion on the new color. It’s decidedly mixed, though no one who doesn’t like can really put their finger on what they don’t like about. Just a lot of “Well . . . it’s certainly purple.”

They’ll get used to it. As will we.

Fried, Braves go to salary arbitration for 2nd straight year

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.

The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.

Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.

Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).

A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.