Colorado Rockies: Top 50 Rockies of All-Time 30-21

DENVER, CO - MAY 05: A detail of the scoreboard as sunset falls over the stadium as the Atlanta Braves face the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 5, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Braves defeated the Rockies 13-9. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - MAY 05: A detail of the scoreboard as sunset falls over the stadium as the Atlanta Braves face the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on May 5, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Braves defeated the Rockies 13-9. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) /
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9 Apr 2001: Jeff Cirillo #7 of the Colorado Rockies against the St.Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/ALLSPORT)
9 Apr 2001: Jeff Cirillo #7 of the Colorado Rockies against the St.Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Mandatory Credit: Elsa/ALLSPORT) /

30. Jeff Cirillo (Rockies Career WAR 7.9)

Even though Jeff’s best years came in Milwaukee and his stint was short in pinstripes, he was impactful enough to land just outside the top 15 in Rockies Career WAR. He’s the epitome of an over-achiever: no one great or even truly above-average tool. But he was good at most everything and made up for the rest with hustle and grit.

He was a Pete Rose-type hitter where he produced a high number of doubles and singles, but not much home run power. Now I’m not about to advocate for Cirillo to go into the Hall of Fame.

What I am saying is he was an underrated presence in some really good lineups, as he averaged almost a hit-per-game in his career (.98). That may not sound impressive, but the aforementioned hit king averaged 1.19.

Cirillo’s best year as a hitter came in his 2nd career All-Star appearance in 2000. He slashed .326/.392/.477 with 53 doubles and 115 RBI and above-average defense for a WAR of 3.4. Fun fact, he is a rare all-star that made the Mid-Summer Classic in both leagues and did it with 2 teams that are in the NL. (The first appearance was with Milwaukee when they were still in the AL during the 1997 season).

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