Michael Cuddyer was "brought in to be a team leader" by the Colorado Rockies, we are reminded in an item in Wednesday's Denver Post.

After finishing 16 games under .500 last season, the Rockies are 15-27 so far in 2012, the same record as the Twins.

So this is a misery-loves-company kinds of blog post.

 "We can't let this split the team up, with the hitters saying they are doing their job or the pitchers saying they are doing theirs. When that happens, guys just try to get their own stats. We have to play as a team," Cuddyer told the Post.

Sounds a little bit like something he could have learned while watching the Twins disintegrate into a 99-loss team last season.

Here's the rest of the item.

For the record: Cuddyer is batting .282 with a .335 on-base percentage and .483 slugging percentage. Josh Willingham, brought in to replace Cuddyer, is at .289/.404/..982 .578. (Good catch, Doug.)

But for $4 million more per season, the Rockies are getting magic tricks, too.


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