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Best Rockies of All-Time

Digg! The top 10 Colorado Rockies of all-time


The Colorado Rockies began their existence in 1993 and 15 years into their franchise have had some standout players. Listing the top ten will include all position players because the lack of history does not exclude anyone but rather opens it up to a number of players. Listed in order of least to first here are the top ten players.

 

10.Jason Jennings - Jennings pitched for Colorado from 2001 -2006 and holds the most wins by a pitcher for the Rockies franchise at 58. Jennings was the 2002 National League Rookie of the Year with 27 first place votes. He pitched in 941 innings for the Rockies and had an overall ERA of 4.74.



9. Jeff Francis - Barring a major tragedy, Francis will eclipse Jennings as the all time wins leader for the Rockies in 2009. He has 51 wins with a 4.74 ERA in his five seasons with the Rockies. Opening day pitcher 2008, Francis had his best in 2007 finishing 17-4.

8. Brian Fuentes - This three time National League All-Star (2005-2007) holds the career saves record for the Rockies with 115. He held a career 3.41 ERA with the Rockies.

7. Eric Young- Young played second base for the Rockies from 1993-1997 stealing 180 bases during that time and becoming the club leader all-time. In 1996 Young had his best year with the Rockies stealing 53 bases, batting .324 and driving in 74 runs. Young won the Silver Slugger award and made his only All-Star appearance that same year. He finished with the Rockies batting .298 in 523 games.


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6. Matt Holliday- In five seasons playing for the Rockies, Holliday made three All-Star appearances (2006-2008). He won Silver Slugger Awards the same three years. Holliday finished second in the National League MVP Award in 2007, with 336 points and is credited heavily with being a major force in the Rockies getting to the World Series. He was the 2007 NLCS MVP. He finished with a .319 batting average in 2656 at bats for the Rockies.

5. Andres Galarraga- From 1993-1997 Galarraga, termed the “big cat” for cat like reflexes at first base, played in 679 games for the Rockies. He was part of the quartet coined “The Blake Street Bombers” who combined for 139 homeruns in the 1995 season. Galarraga was a two-time All-Star for the Rockies in 1993 and 1997 and winner of the NL Silver Slugger Award in 1996. He finished with a .316 average in 2,667 at bats for the Rockies.

4. Vinny Castilla - Castilla played mostly third base with the Rockies for 8 seasons (1993-1999, 2004) and 15 games in 2006 to retire as a Colorado Rocky. Also part of the “ Blake Street” crew, he is third in franchise homeruns, 226, and fourth in hits with 1, 073. He was an All-Star twice in 1995 and 1998. Castilla won N.L. Silver Slugger Awards in 1995, 1997 and 1998. He finished with a .297 average for his career with the franchise.



3. Dante Bichette - Part of the inaugural team that took the field in 1993, Bichette would play for seven years with the Rockies from 1993-1999. He finished second in the voting for N.L. MVP in 1995, his best year with the Rockies batting .340 and helping the team to its first post-season birth. He is third all-time in hits and RBIs for the Rockies with 1,278 and 826. Bichette also played in 1,018 games as a Rocky, third most for the club. Bichette represented the Rockies in four All-Star games, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1998 and won a Silver Slugger Award in 1995.

2. Larry Walker- The only Colorado Rocky to win the National League MVP Award (1997), Walker is second in every category to Todd Helton in games played, hits, homeruns and RBIs. Part of the prolific offense at Coors, Walker played in 1,170 games and had a career .334 batting average with the club. He won six Gold Gloves in the outfield in 1993, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 and 2002. He represented the Rockies in four All-Star games 1997-2001. Walker also picked up Silver Slugger awards in 1997 and 1999. The pick up of Walker in 1995 is credited with putting the Rockies in position to get into the playoffs where they would lose to the eventual World Series Champions Atlanta Braves in the first round 3-1.

1. Todd Helton- The greatest Colorado Rockies player to date, Helton has put together an impressive career since getting into the lineup in 1997. He leads club categories in games played (1661), RBIs (1,116), hits (1957), homeruns (310) and doubles (471). Helton has played for 12 seasons with the Rockies and has been selected to five All-Star games 2000-2004. He has won three Gold Gloves at first base, 2001, 2002 and 2004. He won the 2000 N.L. Hank Aaron Award and been a Silver Slugger four times 2000-2003. 2000 saw him finish the year with an amazing .372 batting average. He currently has an amazing career fielding percentage of .996 and .328 batting average. Under contract to 2011, Helton could finish his career as a Colorado Rockies player and possibly the first Hall of Fame nominee.

 

 

Digg! The top 10 Colorado Rockies of all-time

 

By Tom Walsh
Colorado Rockies correspondent

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