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.

Pedro Astacio pitched in the “live ball era” of Colorado Rockies’ baseball

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 30 January 2010 at 11:38 am

Righty starting pitcher Pedro Astacio pitched prior to the use of the humidor at Coors Field. Astacio pitched five years for the Rockies appearing in 130 games (129 starts) in which he was 53-48 with a 5.43 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. To show you what pitching at Coors Field was like Astacio pitched in 262 games (214 starts) with other teams and he was 76-76 with a 4.21 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP. Astacio’s best season with the Rockies came in 1999 when he pitched in 34 games (all starts) in which he was 17-11 with a 5.04 ERA and a 1.44 WHIP. Astacio is still all over the Rockies’ record books as he is the all-time leader in Rockies’ history in complete games (14) and strikeouts (749). He is also #5 all-time in games started (129), #3 in wins (53), #10 in ERA (5.43), tied for #7 in shutouts (1) and he is #3 in innings pitched (827 1/3). Astacio had the bad luck of pitching with the Rockies early in their inception but he did a good job.

Andres Galarraga made his mark with the Colorado Rockies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by chinmusic on Saturday 9 January 2010 at 2:51 pm

Andres “The Big Cat” Galarraga only played five years with the Rockies but he put up some staggering numbers. He played in 679 games for the Rockies in which he was 843 for 2,667 (.316 avg, .944 OPS) with 476 runs scored, 172 homers, 579 RBIs and 55 stolen bases. Galarraga led the N.L. in homers (47) and RBIs (150) during the 1996 season for the Rockies. He also led the National League in RBIs again in 1997 with 140. Despite only playing five years for the Rockies, Galarraga is #6 all-time in hits, #6 in runs scored, #5 in homers, #5 in RBIs and #7 in stolen bases in team history. Sure his numbers were put up pre-Humidor but they are impressive nonetheless.

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