Colorado Rockies: Top 5 First Basemen in Franchise History

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 22: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 22: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field on September 22, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 25: Justin Morneau #33 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a game at Coors Field on September 25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO – SEPTEMBER 25: Justin Morneau #33 of the Colorado Rockies bats against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the third inning of a game at Coors Field on September 25, 2015 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /

Number 3: Justin Morneau (3.8 bWAR, 2.8 fWAR, 2 seasons as a Rockie)

Justin Morneau only played parts of two seasons with the Rockies but he only played more than 50 games in the first one (2014).

In that 2014 season, though, he played 135 games and hit 17 home runs and 82 RBI with a slash line of .319/.364/.496 and an OPS+ of 125. Like Reynolds, he was on the “Final Vote” to become an NL All-Star but he lost to Cubs’ first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

He played well in 2015 but he was out with a concussion (a recurring issue for him in his career) for more than three months so it wiped out most of his season.

Since Morneau is from Canada (about 17 miles away from Walker’s hometown), he ended up being the first and only the Rockie to wear the number 33 after Larry Walker left the Rockies (he received his permission to wear it, though). That number will be retired by the Rockies in 2020.

Number 2: Andres Galarraga (14.5 bWAR, 13.3 fWAR, 5 seasons as a Rockie)

Andres Galarraga was the Rockies’ first baseman and his five seasons with the Rockies were the most successful in his 19-year career.

Before he came to the Rockies, he played with the Cardinals in 1992. Their hitting coach was Don Baylor, who left after the season to join the Rockies as manager.

Baylor worked with Galarraga, who struggled in 1991 and 1992, and Galarraga became one of the best first basemen in baseball for the next decade.

While with the Rockies, Galarraga got MVP votes in all five seasons, including four times in the top 10, he was a two-time All-Star and won a Silver Slugger Award. He also led the league in homers in 1996 and RBI in both 1996 and ’97. That’s part of the reason why he was one of the members of the Blake Street bombers.

After he left the Rockies, Galarraga went to the Atlanta Braves for the 1998 season. In 1999, Don Baylor was reunited with him there as he became the Braves hitting coach after he was fired by the Rockies.

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