The 100 Greatest Colorado Rockies: No. 42 Brian Bohanon

Aug 21, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the entrance to the Coors Field clubhouse during the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 11-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 21, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; General view of the entrance to the Coors Field clubhouse during the first inning of the game between the Chicago Cubs against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rockies defeated the Cubs 11-4. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports /
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We continue our look at the top 100 Colorado Rockies of all time in this article. Here, we look at No. 42 on our list, Brian Bohanon.

Brian Bohanon may look like what Babe Ruth would have looked like if he continued to pitch his entire career but he actually has more in common with the Rockies best, Todd Helton.

Bohanon is an avid hunter. He described patience as a similarity between pitching and hunting. In an interview with ESPN, he said if you have a bad day, ‘you go back and get him the next day.’ Bohanon made a career out of this mentality.

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He was drafted in the first round of the 1987 MLB Draft by the Texas Rangers. He debuted in 1990 and played five years in Arlington. He had an ERA more than 6.00 twice, near 5.00 twice, and a 7.23 ERA his last year for the Rangers. The sailing didn’t get easier when he moved to Detroit (5.54 ERA) and Toronto (7.77 ERA).

Things started to trend in the right direction when he moved to the Mets (average 3.49 ERA) and the Dodgers (2.40 ERA). This upward trend bought Bohanon time as one of the Rockies starters. The most games Bohanon ever started was 18 before he got to Colorado. His first year with the Rockies he started a career high 33 games.

The growing pains showed. Bohanon had a 6.20 ERA his first year in Colorado in 1999. He did have a 12-12 record though and he pitched 197.1 innings. His 3.1 WAR was very telling  of Rockies pitching at the time. He matched the same WAR value the next year.

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Bohanon played his last season in 2001 after a down year with the Rockies, but his career arc was complete. He only got better with time. He learned from his mistakes and got back at them the next day. Advice we can all implement in our own lives.

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