We continue our look at the top 100 Colorado Rockies of all time in this article. Here, we look at No. 57 on our list, Todd Hollandsworth.
Todd Hollandsworth debuted in the league in truly unprecedented fashion. In 1996, he won the Rookie of the Year award after he led the league amongst NL rookies in hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs and stolen bases. The unprecedented factors in when Hollandsworth became the fifth straight year when a Dodger rookie won the award.
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Hollandsworth followed Hideo Nomo (1995), Raul Mondesi (1994) Mike Piazza (1993) and Eric Karros (1992). No other team has done that. It almost seems impossible that the Dodgers didn’t win more in the 1990s. But Hollandsworth never had a better year than his first with the Dodgers. He was traded to the Rockies in the middle of the 2000 season.
He played 56 games with the Rockies that year accumulating a 1.4 WAR. In 2001 he had the same WAR but he only played in 33 games. Although he was producing while he was playing, he just didn’t play often enough for the Rockies and they traded him in the 2002 season. He batted .323, .368, and .295 respectively playing mostly in left and right field. He earned an overall 3.8 WAR with the Rockies.
Hollandsworth went on to play with the Rangers, the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins, Cubs, Braves, Indians and Reds. After his playing career he went on to be a commentator for the Chicago Cubs doing pre and post game analysis. In the offseason he moved to cover another former team in the Marlins.
Hollandsworth didn’t ever compile a full season for the Colorado Rockies, but when he was on the field he made those appearances count.