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.

Larry Walker is all over the record books for the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Wednesday 7 July 2010 at 7:20 pm

I remember early on in the Rockies’ existence wondering what a good baseball player could do playing in Colorado after watching guys like Vinny Castilla and Dante Bichette turning into stars in the light air. I got my answer when Larry Walker came to Denver to play with the Rockies. Walker played 10 seasons with the Rockies appearing in 1,170 games in which he was 1,361 of 4,076 (.334 avg, 1.044 OPS) with 892 runs scored, 258 homers, 848 RBIs and 126 stolen bases. In 1997 Walker won the N.L. MVP Award by putting up eye popping numbers. In that year, Walker played in 153 games in which he was 208 of 568 (.366 avg, 1.172 OPS) with 143 runs scored, 49 homers, 130 RBIs and 33 stolen bases! In his 10 years with the Rockies, Walker was a All-Star 5 times, he won 5 Gold Gloves and he was a Silver Slugger twice. Walker is #2 all-time in games played (1,170), runs scored (892), hits (1,361), doubles (297), triples (44), homers (258), RBIs (848) and walks (584). It’s amazing to me that Walker is #2 all-time in 8 different categories in Rockies’ history especially with as much offense that has happened at Coors Field.

Dante Bichette took advantage of the live ball era of Colorado Rockies’ baseball

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Monday 7 June 2010 at 9:49 pm

Righty swinging outfielder Dante Bichette benefitted of playing for the Rockies before they started putting game balls in the Humidor. He was a 4-time All-Star with the Rockies and he also led the league in hits twice and RBIs once. Bichette played in 1,018 games in his 7 years with the Rockies and he was 1,278 of 4,050 (.316 avg, .892 OPS) with 665 runs scored, 201 homers, 826 RBIs and 105 stolen bases. Bichette is #4 all-time with 1,018 games for the Rockies. He is also #5 in batting average (.316), #6 in OPS (.892), #3 in runs scored (665), #4 in homers (201), #3 in RBIs (826), #3 in stolen bases (105), #3 in doubles (270), #10 in triples (18) and he is #9 in walks (226) in Rockies’ history. Bichette was definitely aided by playing half of his games at Coors Field but he was still a really good baseball player regardless.

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