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Photo by Gretel Daugherty

Grand Junction Rockies first baseman Chad Spanberger runs the bases during his first practice with his teammates last Thursday. Spanberger was selected in the sixth round of the draft out of the University of Arkansas and was a late arrival in Grand Junction. Spanberger watched from the bench for his first few games, but hit a home run in his first pro start. Power is the name of the game for Spanberger, who hit 20 home runs this season for the Razorbacks.

Power first

First baseman Spanberger brings big bat to GJ Rockies

Chad Spanberger isn’t in Arkansas anymore.
The first baseman got a little bit of culture shock during his first day with the Grand Junction Rockies. Just as much Spanish was spoken in the clubhouse as English. American-born players have accents from all parts of the country.
But that’s an exciting part of baseball, Spanberger said, and he’s jumped right in.


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