10. Andres Galarraga

10. Andres Galarraga
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: June 18, 1961 in Caracas, Di Venezuela
  • Weight: 235 lbs.
  • Height: 6'3"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: August 23, 1985
  • Final Game: October 03, 2004
  • Silver Slugger - 1988
  • Gold Glove - 1989
  • Gold Glove - 1990
  • Silver Slugger - 1996
  • MVP - 1988
  • MVP - 1993
  • MVP - 1994
  • MVP - 1995
  • MVP - 1996
  • MVP - 1997
  • MVP - 1998
 
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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.

While Galarraga certainly benefited from the thin air of Denver, it is worth noting that he had good seasons prior (In Montreal) and after (in Atlanta).  Had ne been able to control his high Strikeouts and been better defensively he would be ranked higher.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: First Base
  • Acquired: Signed as a Free Agent 11/16/92.
  • Departed: Signed as a Free Agent with the Atlanta Braves 11/20/97.
  • Games Played: 679
  • Notable Statistics: 476 Runs Scored
    843 Hits
    155 Doubles
    13 Triples
    172 Home Runs
    579 RBI
    55 Stolen Bases
    .316/.367/.577 Slash Line
    14.4 bWAR

    5 Playoff Games
    1 Run Scored
    5 Hits
    1 Double
    0 Triples
    0 Home Runs
    2 RBI
    0 Stolen Bases
    .278/.278/.333 Slash Line
  • Major Accolades and Awards: All-Star (1993 & 1997)
    Silver Slugger (1996)
    Highest Batting Average (1993)
    Most Home Runs (1996)
    Most Runs Batted In (1996 & 1997)
    Most Putouts (1995, 1996 & 1997)
    Most Putouts by a First Baseman (1995, 1996 & 1997)
    Most Double Plays Turned by a First Baseman (1955, 1996 & 1997)
    Highest Range Factor per Game by a First Baseman (1994, 1995, 1996 & 1997)
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