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? Left field.
In our last countdown, we featured the Colorado Rockies’ greatest shortstops. For a position that is defensively focused, our shortstop countdown featured one of the greatest Rockies player ever and featured some rare power hitters for the position. Now shifting to left-field, we see the offensive numbers once again become a primary factor in the evaluation process.
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 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. Moving out the outfield it gets a little tricky seeing that outfield players can usually play multiple spots.
Without further ado, here is Rox Pile’s list of the top left-fielders to ever sport purple pinstripes. Let us know in the comments section what you think!
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