Brian Fuentes was a rock solid reliever for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 25 July 2016 at 9:23 am

Lefty reliever Brian Fuentes was a pretty darn good pitcher for the Colorado Rockies.  He pitched in 428 games (0 starts) in his seven years with the Rockies and he was 16-26 with 115 saves, a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP.  He gave up 337 hits and 171 walks while whiffing 470 batters in his 410 1/3 innings with the Rockies!  He also pitched in 10 games (0 starts) in the post-season for the Rockies and he was 1-0 with a 6.52 ERA and a 1.97 WHIP.  Fuentes was part of the Rockies’ team that lost the World Series to the Red Sox in 2007.  He was a three-time All-Star in his time with the Rockies.  His best season for the Rockies came back in 2008, when he worked in 67 games (0 starts) in which he was 1-5 with 30 saves, a 2.73 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.  He gave up 47 hits and 22 walks while whiffing 82 batters in his 62 2/3 innings for the Rockies in 2008.  Fuentes is still the Rockies’ all-time leader in saves with 115 of them!  He is also tied for #29 in wins (16), #2 in games pitched (428), #19 in innings pitched (410 1/3) and #8 in strikeouts (470) in Rockies’ history!

Todd Helton kicked butt in his time with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Wednesday 1 June 2016 at 2:19 pm

Lefty swinging 1B Todd Helton is one of the best players in Colorado Rockies‘ history, period!  From 2000-2004, Helton was an All-Star every season and he won four Silver Slugger Awards and 3 Gold Glove Awards!  From 1999-2004, Helton averaged 123.5 runs scored, 36.8 homers, 48.2 doubles, 121.3 RBIs and 101.0 walks per year!  His best year for the Rockies came in 2000.  Helton played in 160 games in 2000 for the Rockies and he was 216 of 580 (.372 avg, 1.162 OPS) with 138 runs scored, 59 doubles, 42 homers, 147 RBIs and 5 stolen bases.  Helton also walked 103 times while only whiffing 61 times in 2000!  Helton led the National League in hits (216) and OBP (.463) in 2000.  He led the Major Leagues in batting average (.372), SLG (.698), OPS (1.162), doubles (59) and RBIs (147) in 2000!  Helton was 5th in the MVP voting in 2000 (what a joke) and he also won a Silver Slugger Award and was an All-Star!  Helton played in 2,247 games in his 17 years with the Rockies and he was 2,519 of 7,962 (.316 avg, .953 OPS) with 1,401 runs scored, 369 homers, 1,406 RBIs and 37 stolen bases!  Helton is still the Rockies’ all-time leader in games played (2,247), runs scored (1,401), hits (2,519), doubles (592), homers (369), RBIs (1,406) and walks (1,335).  He is also still tied for #3 in batting average (.316), #2 in OBP (.414), #6 in SLG (.539), #3 in OPS (.953), #4 in triples (37) and #21 in stolen bases (37).  Helton only played in 15 games in the playoffs in his career with the Rockies and he was 12 for 57 (.211 avg, .584 OPS) with 11 runs scored, 0 homers and 4 RBIs.  Helton played his whole career with the Rockies and that is rare these days!

Terry Shumpert had a “career year” with the Colorado Rockies in 1999

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Saturday 18 May 2013 at 6:11 am

Righty swinging 2B/OF Terry Shumpert wasn’t much of a hitter until he got to Colorado in 1999.  The light air helped him have a career year in 1999.  Shumpert played in 92 games for the Rockies in 1999 and he was 91 of 262 (.347 avg, .997 OPS) with 58 runs scored, 10 homers, 37 RBIs and 14 stolen bases.  Shumpert played in 450 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 290 of 1,027 (.282 avg, .812 OPS) with 180 runs scored, 30 homers, 124 RBIs and 40 stolen bases.  Shumpert had the best years of his major league career with the Colorado Rockies.

Armando Reynoso was a decent starting pitcher for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Tuesday 23 April 2013 at 12:37 pm

Righty starting pitcher Armando Reynoso pitched for the Rockies before they started using the humidor there.  In the Rockies’ inaugural season (1993), Reynoso pitched in 30 games (all starts) in which he was 12-11 with a 4.00 ERA and a 1.42 WHIP.  He finished 11th in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting in 1993.  Reynoso pitched in 89 games (87 starts) in his four years with the Rockies and he was 30-31 with a 4.65 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP.  He is still tied for 10th in games started (87) in Rockies’ history with Jason Hammel.  He is also #5 in ERA (4.65), #8 in WHIP (1.47) and he’s tied for #5 in complete games with 5 of them in Rockies’ history.

Jason Jennings was a solid starting pitcher in the live ball era for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 7 July 2012 at 6:26 pm

Righty starting pitcher Jason Jennings busted onto the scene for the Rockies in 2002 when he was named the Rookie of the Year in the N.L. Jennings pitched in 32 games (all starts) for the Rockies in 2002 and he was 16-8 with a 4.52 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. His best season came back in 2006 (his last year with the team), when he worked in 32 games (all starts) and he was 9-13 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP. Jennings pitched in 156 games (all starts) in his six years with the Rockies and he was 58-56 with a 4.74 ERA and a 1.55 WHIP. Jennings is still #2 in Rockies’ history in wins (58), games started (156) and innings pitched (941). He is tied with Ubaldo Jimenez as the Rockies’ all-time leader in shutouts with 3 of them. Jennings is also #5 in ERA (4.74), #9 in WHIP (1.55), #3 in strikeouts (622) and he’s tied for 4th (with John Thomson) in complete games with four of them in Rockies’ history.

Bruce Ruffin was a solid reliever for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Friday 1 June 2012 at 8:53 am

Lefty reliever Bruce Ruffin pitched in the live ball era with the Rockies and he did a pretty solid job for them. He pitched in 246 games (12 starts) in five years with the Rockies and he was 17-18 with 60 saves, a 3.84 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP. His best year came back in 1996 with the Rockies, when he pitched in 71 games (0 starts) in which he was 7-5 with 24 saves, a 4.00 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP. Ruffin only gave up 55 hits in 69 2/3 innings while whiffing 74 batters in 1996. Ruffin is #4 in saves (60) and #9 in games pitched (246) in Rockies’ history.

Eric Young Sr. was a solid player for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Sunday 22 April 2012 at 6:31 pm

44-year old former 2B Eric Young Sr. was a rock solid player for the Rockies. He played in 613 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 626 of 2,120 (.295 avg, .790 OPS) with 378 runs scored, 30 homers, 227 RBIs and 180 stolen bases. Young’s best year for the Rockies came in 1996. He played in 141 games in 1996 for the Rockies and he was 184 of 568 (.324 avg, .814 OPS) with 113 runs scored, 8 homers, 74 RBIs and 53 stolen bases (which led the National League). He was an N.L. All-Star in 1996 and he won the Silver Slugger Award. Young is the Rockies’ all-time leader in steals with 180 of them. He is also #10 in runs scored (378), #5 in triples (28) and #8 in walks (254) in Rockies’ history. Eric Young’s son, 26-year old switch-hitting 2B/OF Eric Young Jr. plays for the Rockies right now. He has played in 12 games for the Rockies so far this year and he is 5 of 12 (.417 avg, 1.128 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 0 homers, 2 RBIs and 3 stolen bases. Young Jr. has now played in 170 games in his first four years with the Rockies and he is 110 of 439 (.251 avg, .633 OPS) with 71 runs scored, 1 homer, 21 RBIs and 51 stolen bases. Jr. has the same skill set as his father, but he just can’t seem to break into the starting lineup.

Ellis Burks was a smooth operator for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 23 June 2011 at 6:57 am

Righty swinging LF Ellis Burks walked quietly with the Rockies but he carried a big stick. He played with the Rockies in the pre-humidor days and he racked up some big time numbers for them. His best year with the Rockies came back in 1996 when he finished 3rd in the MVP Voting in the N.L. while also making the All-Star teams and winning a Silver Slugger Award. Burks played in 156 games in 1996 for the Rockies and he was 211 of 613 (.344 avg, 1.047 OPS) with 142 runs scored (led the majors), 40 homers, 128 RBIs and 32 stolen bases. Burks played in 520 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 558 of 1,821 (.306 avg, .957 OPS) with 361 runs scored, 115 homers, 337 RBIs and 52 stolen bases. Burks is #7 in Rockies’ history with a .306 batting average. He is also #3 in OPS (.957), #6 in triples (24), #8 in homers (115), #10 in RBIs (337) and #9 in stolen bases (52) in Rockies’ history. Burks was only with the Rockies for a short time but he made his mark in team history.

Jose Jimenez has his place in the Colorado Rockies’ record books

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 25 May 2011 at 8:04 am

Righty reliever Jose Jimenez only pitched 4 years with the Rockies but he made his mark. His best season came in 2002 with the Rockies. Jimenez pitched in 74 games (0 starts) for the Rockies in 2002 and he was 2-10 with 41 saves, a 3.56 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP. He pitched in 265 games (7 starts) in his four years with the Rockies and he was 15-23 with 102 saves, a 4.13 ERA and a 1.41 WHIP. Jimenez is #2 in Rockies’ history in saves with 102 and he’s also #6 in games pitched (265) in team history. Huston Street will likely knock Jimenez down a spot in games pitched and saves before he’s done pitching with the Rockies.

Vinny Castilla was a really solid player for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Thursday 28 April 2011 at 7:50 am

Righty swinging 3B Vinny Casilla was a product of Coors Field during the live ball era. He hit over 30 homers six times in his major league career (all with Colorado), he knocked in over 100 runs five times in his career (all with the Rockies) and he hit over .300 five times (all with the Rockies). Castilla played in 1,098 games in his 9 years with the Rockies and he was 1,206 of 4,099 (.294 avg, .870 OPS) with 611 runs scored, 239 homers, 745 RBIs and 22 stolen bases. Castilla is all over the record books of the Colorado Rockies. He is #3 in Rockies’ history in games played (1,098). He also is #4 in hits (1,206), #4 in runs scored (611), #4 in doubles (208), tied for #10 in triples (20), #3 in homers (239), #4 in RBIs (745) and he’s #6 in walks (273) in Rockies’ history. Castilla was awesome for the Rockies, but not so much for any other team. In Castilla’s seven seasons not spent in Colorado, he played in 756 games in which he was 678 of 2,723 (.249 avg) with 291 runs scored, 81 homers, 360 RBIs and 11 stolen bases.

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