Colorado Rockies Countdown: Top Five Right Fielders
4. Jeromy Burnitz (2004, fWAR 3.1)
Like Mr. Hammonds, Jeromy Burnitz’s tenure in Colorado would only be a brief stop during an impressive 14-year stint in the Majors. Also like Hammonds, Burnitz’s brief stop equated to one of the best seasons in his career.
During the 2004 season, Burnitz launched 37 home runs (one shy of his career high), which was good enough for the eighth-best mark in the National League. To go along with his power, Jeromy hit for the highest average of his career while in Denver (.283). Jeromy would tally the second highest RBI total of his career in 2004 with 110. Considering his impressive offensive output, Jeromy would finish 23rd in the MVP race in that ’04 campaign.
Drafted 17th overall in 1990 by the Mets, Jeromy, an Oklahoma State star didn’t become a full-time starter until the 1996 season. Burnitz would make his rounds in the Majors as a journeyman, stopping at a total of seven different organizations, including two separate stops with the New York Mets.
In the rarest of feats, Burnitz would combine with then rookie teammate Matt Holliday to become the first ever Rockie teammates to hit back-to-back jacks twice in the same game. The amazing moment was accomplished May 18, 2004, against the Cincinnati Reds.