Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Second Basemen
4. Jamey Carroll (2006-2007, fWAR 2.9)
Jamey Carroll was a valued utility player during his two seasons in Colorado. Carroll earned a majority of his playing time at second base while also filling in at short and third at times. During the 2006 season, Carroll led all second baseman in fielding percentage. Carroll committed only five errors in his Colorado tenure.
A 14th-round draft pick, Carroll’s home/road splits while in Colorado are dramatic. Carroll finished his Colorado career hitting .311 at home (.375 in 2006), but only hitting .232 on the road. While in Denver, Carroll also hit seven home runs and stole 16 bases. It’s clear Carroll was never going to win a batting title or a Silver Slugger, but Carroll earned his stripes on the defensive side the ball.
Carroll won the greatest game in Colorado Rockies history, and will always be admired in Denver as a result. Facing off against the San Diego Padres in a 2007 one-game playoff, Carroll came in to pinch hit for the Rockies in the bottom of the 13th inning. With one out, a man on third and a tie game, Carroll hit a shallow fly ball to right field off of future hall of famer Trevor Hoffman. Despite still not having touched the plate, Matt Holliday tagged from third and slid the Rockies head first into the playoffs.
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