4 Greatest Infielders in Rockies History

By michael obermuller
Nolan Arenado is not currently first on this list, but if he ends up staying with the franchise, could he be in the future?
Nolan Arenado is not currently first on this list, but if he ends up staying with the franchise, could he be in the future? / Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
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During their franchise's short history, the Colorado Rockies have had some greats to take the diamond. The 1993 expansion team has also been known for their sluggers after all.

Although the team has yet to win its first World Series, some legendary players have already made a name for themselves in the Rockies uniform. These four infielders are the greatest in Colorado history so far.

4. Andres Galarraga, 1B (1993-97)

Andres Galarraga is one of the greatest Rockies of all time.
Andres Galarraga is one of the greatest Rockies of all time. / Ron Vesely/Getty Images

The journeyman first baseman didn't spend too much time with Colorado, but Andres Galarraga's numbers during his five seasons were impressive. His .316 batting average and .577 slugging are both third or tied for third in franchise history. Galarraga was an All-Star two of his five seasons with the Rockies, a Silver Slugger once, an NL Home Run Champ once, and an NL RBI Leader twice. He was even the NL Batting Champion in 1993.

3. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (2006-15)

Troy Tulowitzki is the best short stop in Rockies history.
Troy Tulowitzki is the best short stop in Rockies history. / Scott Halleran/Getty Images

The former Colorado shortstop played his best years with the Rockies. Troy Tulowitzki was .299 average hitter and third on the list for total WAR behind Larry Walker and Todd Helton. A two-time Gold Glover, Tulo also led the franchise in defensive WAR with a 13.9 in the category. He was a five-time All-Star with the franchise and a two-time Silver Slugger.

2. Nolan Arenado, 3B (2013-present)

Will Arenado remain with the Rockies in 2020?
Will Arenado remain with the Rockies in 2020? / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

Nolan Arenado has taken over as the face of the Rockies organization over the last five-plus seasons. Although he has had recent disputes with the Colorado ownership's lack of spending, the third baseman's complaints have had good intentions. He wants to bring a World Series to Colorado, and the front office has not properly built a team around him to do so. Arenado's personal numbers prove that he's done his part. He is second in defensive WAR and fourth in total WAR for the franchise, fifth in slugging, fourth in home runs and sixth in RBI. The superstar is a five-time All-Star, seven-time Gold Glover, three-time Platinum Gold Glover (three-time Defensive Player of the Year), four-time Silver Slugger, three-time NL Home Run Leader and two-time NL RBI Leader. By the way, he's done this all before turning 30!

1. Todd Helton, 1B (1997-2013)

Todd Helton is the greatest infielder in Rockies history.
Todd Helton is the greatest infielder in Rockies history. / Doug Pensinger/Getty Images

Arenado's stats are tremendous, but he has still yet reach the status of this man. Todd Helton was a career Rockies player and his No. 17 is now retired by the club. His franchise home run and RBI records will be hard to catch at 369 and 1,406, and his base on balls record is likely unbreakable (1,335). Needless to say, Helton had quite the career and leads the Rockies in total WAR and offensive WAR with four Silver Sluggers and five All-Star nominees. He was no slouch defensively either, with three Gold Gloves. Helton won the Hank Aaron Award and NL Batting Title in 2000. He is currently up for Hall of Fame balloting.


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