Normally, the Colorado Rockies designating a mediocre utility man for assignment would not make much in the way of news.
That is not the case with Cole Tucker. The Rockies designated him for assignment on Monday, clearing a roster spot for Charlie Blackmon, who was activated from the Injured List.
Colorado Rockies lose some star power with latest DFA
That move also cost the Rockies some star power. It has nothing to do with anything Tucker has done on the diamond – he has a career 56 OPS+ with five homers and 18 doubles in 477 plate appearances over parts of five major league seasons. Instead that star power comes entirely from his fiancé, Vanessa Hudgens, whose career easily outpaces Tucker’s own.
An actress and singer, Hudgens is best known for her role in High School Musical. She had two albums of her own come out during that time, capitalizing on her popularity. Hudgens has also starred in movies such as Machete Kills, Bad Boys for Life, and voiced the main character in a My Little Pony animated movie on Netflix. Her career has also taken her to the stage, as she has appeared on Broadway and in the Kennedy Center. She has clearly accomplished more than Tucker has.
Chances are, Hudgens was not going to head to Colorado any time soon. She has her own career and watching Tucker sit on the bench is not exactly thrilling content. And it’s not like the Rockies are playing good baseball either – they are on pace to lose over 100 games this season. Now the fans will not even get a chance to see some star power in the stands.
The Colorado Rockies have designated Cole Tucker for assignment. So much for Mr. Vanessa Hudgens’ time in the majors, at least for the next few days.