Generally speaking, this is the season for football retirements but we have a mid-season baseball retirement that is significant as New York Yankees Shortstop, Troy Tulowitzki has announced his retirement from Baseball.
Debuting for the Colorado Rockies in 2006, “Tulo” would be the runner-up for the National League Rookie of the Year in 2007, the same season that he helped the Rockies reach their only World Series to date. The Shortstop would quickly ascend to the top of Colorado hitters and from 2009 to 2011 he would finish in the top ten in MVP voting and was twice named a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove. He would also go to the All-Star Game five times for Colorado. In the middle of the 2015 season, he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for their playoff drive.
Unfortunately, injuries to his legs piled up and he would miss all of 2018 and only had 13 Plate Appearances this year
Tulowitzki accumulated 1,381 Hits with 225 Home Runs and a Slash Line of .290/.361/856. While his career bWAR of 44.2 is good, in the modern era it will be difficult to see him making the Baseball Hall of Fame when he is eligible in 2025.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Troy Tulowitzki for his on-field memories and we wish him the best in his post-playing career.
Yes, we know that this is taking a while!
As many of you know, we here at Notinhalloffame.com are slowly generating the 50 of each major North American sports team. That being said, we have existing Top 50 lists out and we always consistently look to update them when we can and based on necessity. As such, we are very happy to present the second revision of our top 50 Colorado Rockies of all-time.
As for all of our top 50 players in baseball we look at the following:
1. Advanced Statistics.
2. Traditional statistics and how they finished in the National League.
3. Playoff accomplishments.
4. Their overall impact on the team and other intangibles not reflected in a stat sheet.
This is the first time that we have revised this specific list, which was first put up in 2016, and there are many changes, one of which affecting the top five.
Remember, this is ONLY based on what a player does on that particular team and not what he accomplished elsewhere and also note that we have placed an increased importance on the first two categories, which has altered the rankings considerably.
This list is updated up until the end of the 2019 Season.
The complete list can be found here, but as always we announce our top five in this article. They are:
1. Todd Helton
2. Larry Walker
There are several new entries. Shortstop, Trevor Story is the highest debut, coming in at #13. Starting Pitcher, German Marquez is at #21. Starting Pitcher, Kyle Freeland, makes his first appearance at #22. Another Starting Pitcher, Jon Gray debuts at #30. Tyler Anderson, who now pitches for San Francisco is at #48. Relief Pitcher, Scott Oberg appears at #50.
Based on performances over the past three seasons, there have been significant rises on the list. Charlie Blackmon moved from #15 to #6. Current Yankees infielder, D.J. LeMahieu climbs from #13 to #8. Another current Yankee, Adam Ottavino went from #38 to #28.
We welcome your input and commentsand as always, we thank you for your support.
In a tumultuous year that was not normal for anything and everything including baseball, one thing that might be back to normal is voting for the Baseball Hall of Fame. Granted, the 2021 Baseball Hall of Fame ballot has 14 returning candidates, with just about every one of them owning cases for induction that range from borderline to compelling.