The top four players in Colorado Rockies franchise history are pretty clear. However, could Trevor Story eventually take his place on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore?
In an article from November of 2017, one of our writers stated that the Mount Rushmore of the Colorado Rockies would consist of (in alphabetical order) Nolan Arenado, Todd Helton, Troy Tulowitzki, and Larry Walker. It’s hard to argue with those choices, especially looking at the wide range in WAR between those four and the fifth player on the list. According to Baseball-Reference.com, Arenado (in fourth place) has compiled 37.5 in his career while fifth-place Carlos Gonzalez sits at 23.7.
However, in sixth place sits Trevor Story at 18.6. The 27-year-old shortstop has put those numbers together in just four seasons. He is also second in Major League Baseball in the number of home runs hit in his first five seasons, with his 122 home runs trailing just Francisco Lindor (125). And, again, Story has put up those numbers in four seasons, not five like Lindor.
Story certainly has the opportunity to continue to climb up the ladder in terms of all-time statistical leaders for the Rockies. While projections are hard to make for the Rockies and other Major League teams for the upcoming season because of the uncertainty about the state of the season and length of the schedule, Story is considered one of the biggest offensive threats in the Colorado lineup, no matter when the season begins.
Story, of course, is not only chasing his place on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore but also chasing Tulowitzki in a race to see which shortstop will eventually be considered the best to wear a Rockies uniform.
Certainly there are plenty of factors that could play into Story’s quest to reach franchise immortality. Key among them in his contract, which is currently scheduled to come to an end after the 2021 campaign. Should Story and the Rockies not reach an agreement on an extension, it would be tough to climb into the franchise top four as he would leave the team after just six seasons.
What do you think? Will Story or another player take their respective place on the franchise’s Mount Rushmore? Let us know in the comments below.