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29. Andres Galarraga

Like Larry Walker, Andres Galarraga would find himself a major star with the Colorado Rockies, but it as a Montreal Expo where he first proved he was a better than average Major League Baseball player.  “The Big Cat” was an All Star in 1988 and would lead the NL in Hits that year.  Throw in a Silver Slugger and two Gold Gloves, and it is easy to see why the Expos fans were upset to lose another budding star.

7. Andres Galarraga

The change from St. Louis to Colorado was certainly a welcome change as he went from batting .243 to .370 en route to winning the Batting Title and becoming the first Venezuelan to do so.  In the five seasons that “The Big Cat” was with the Rockies, he finished, 10th, 10th, 16th, 6th and 7th in MVP voting and batted over .300 for four of those seasons.  Galarraga did not just hit for average as he blasted 30 Home Runs for Colorado four times, and went over 40 twice, the highest of which was 47, enough to win the Home Run Title.  He would also win the RBI title twice.

Our Top 50 All-Time Colorado Rockies are now up

Slow and steady wins the race?

Ok, maybe we are trying to justify the slow pace of getting our Top 50 players of each franchise up, but we do have another one, and yes it is a return to the diamond.

As we are doing all of the franchises by random, the Colorado Rockies are up next, because…why…well, why not?

An expansion team in 1993, the Rockies have only made the playoffs three times, going as far as representing the National League in the World Series in 2007, though they were systematically destroyed in a four game sweep by the Boston Red Sox.

Casual fans still think the ball launches out of Coors Field (humidors have taken care of that) but that was the case in the 90’s and offense was a premium for the Rockies. 

Perhaps this is why so many of those on this list are from the 90’s!

The entire list can be found here, but as per tradition we always unveil the top five in our news item which are as follows:

  1. Todd Helton
  2. Larry Walker
  3. Troy Tulowitzki
  4. Carlos Gonzalez
  5. Nolan Aranedo
As always, we look forward to your feedback and look for us to unveil a new top 50 soon.
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