Colorado Rockies: The 10 best individual statistical seasons in franchise history
Andres Galarraga, 1B, 1996
Stats: .304 AVG, 190 H, 119 R, 39 2B, 47 HR, 150 RBI, .357 OBP, .601 SLG, .958 OPS
Ellis Burks wasn’t the only player on the Colorado Rockies with a phenomenal 1996 season. Andres Galarraga is the first of the Blake Street Bombers to appear on this list. In his first three seasons with the Rockies, Galarraga was in the top 16 of NL MVP voting each time. This included a .370 batting average in his debut season of 1993.
Much like Burks, the Rockies first baseman’s power numbers exploded. Having hit 31 home runs in both the previous seasons, he hit 47 in 1996. That number had him fifth in the Major League, he also had 150 RBI, which led the league. Galarraga also collected another Sliver Slugger award to go with the one he got in 1988 while with the Montreal Expos.
He finished sixth in NL MVP voting that year, three spots behind his teammate Burks. Galarraga in 1997 also led the league in RBI but with fewer home runs. He went on to Atlanta for the 1998 season, having a similar season from the two before. In the 1999 season, Galarraga didn’t play due to a cancerous tumor on his back and his fight with lymphoma. He returned in 2000 but was never the same.