Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Second Basemen
25 years of Major League baseball in the Rocky Mountains is nearly upon us. In celebration, Rox Pile is taking a journey through Colorado Rockies history and taking a look at the best players at every position. Our next stop? Second base.
In our last countdown, we featured the Rockies’ greatest first baseman, featured some of the best Rockies in club history. Moving around the diamond, second base is next up for evaluation.
Traditionally, second base is not a very sexy position … offensively speaking. For the Rockies, however, you’ll notice that the club has had a decent combination of speed and power at the position.
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That being said, to compile our rankings, we used Fangraphs‘ list for career Wins Above Replacement (fWAR), which serves as a great guideline for positional players. The fWAR statistic allows one to evaluate a player’s contribution over time with a specific team. Therefore, fWAR allows us to completely negate what a player has done in their career while not wearing the purple and black.
Also as a general rule, this list consists of players that have at least 500 plate appearances with the club. The 500 PA rule approximates to about 1.5 years of service time and gives a large enough sample size for accurate evaluation. As an added stipulation, the players on our list needed to have played a majority of their innings in the field at the position being evaluated.
Luckily, the “majority rule” doesn’t exclude any player from our list who would have been on it otherwise. Without further ado, here is Rox Pile’s list of the top five second basemen to ever sport purple pinstripes. Let us know in the comments section what you think!
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