The franchise is still young, but here’s my ‘Best Of’ list of those who’ve worn the purple and black to-date:
1st Base: Todd Helton.
Future Hall of Famer. But let’s not forget that he was preceded by Andres Galarraga, who was more than just a pretty darn good ball player. El Gato helped establish the club’s identity and credibility.
2nd base: Eric Young Sr.
Solid numbers…although some games were played as an outfielder. Honorable mention to Clint Barmes who has exactly the kind of grit that GM Dan O’Dowd is looking for.
3rd base: Vinny Castillo. Next…
Short Stop: Troy Tulowitzki.
Potential Hall of Famer. Honorable mention to Walt Weiss who provided veteran leadership both on and off the field.
Outfield: Since so many of the Rockies outfielders have been shifted around, we’ll go with the three best.
Larry Walker. A no-brainer.
Matt Holiday. Still would look good in Rockies uniform
Dante Bichette. Original Blake Street Bomber.
Honorable mention to Ellis Burks who was a terrific player for the Rockies, and Carlos Gonzalez who has unlimited potential.
Catcher: A problematic position for the Rockies since Day One, so I’m going with Yorvit Torrealba whose clutch play during the 2007 season was essential ingredient to team’s success. Honorable mention to Joe Girardi who provided leadership during inaugural and subsequent seasons.
Pitchers: Okay, here we go…
Could just take names out of a hat but will select five starters and one reliever so start the stone throwing now.
Aaron Cook. Leader in wins, innings.
Jason Jennings. Strong numbers, Rookie of the Year.
Ubaldo Jimenez. Numbers don’t lie, best season ever for pitcher.
Jeff Francis. Good but didn’t realize full potential.
Pedro Astacio. Solid numbers.
Honorable mention to Jose de la Rosa and Kevin Ritz.
Relief pitcher/closer: Brian Fuentes was “nails” for a time. Honorable mention to Jose Jimenez and Houston Street.