Colorado Rockies: Comparing David Dahl, Paul Molitor, and George Brett

DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 02: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is carted off the field after being injured in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
DENVER, COLORADO - AUGUST 02: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is carted off the field after being injured in the sixth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Coors Field on August 02, 2019 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, IL – MAY 01: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is greeted by Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on May 1, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL – MAY 01: David Dahl #26 of the Colorado Rockies is greeted by Bud Black #10 of the Colorado Rockies after hitting a home run against the Chicago Cubs during the first inning on May 1, 2018 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /

On Friday, Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black compared David Dahl to Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and George Brett in an interview with Rockies broadcaster Jack Corrigan.

Unfortunately for David Dahl, the Colorado Rockies, and Rockies fans, he has been hit by the injury bug more than anyone would like.

Some of the injuries have been (in Bud Black‘s word) “freakish” as Dahl has ruptured his spleen on a play in the minor leagues in 2015, had a stress fracture in his rib in 2017 and turned his ankle on a play in the outfield that cost him the last seven weeks of the season.

Black said on Friday that Dahl’s biggest goal in 2020 and beyond is to show he can be a durable, everyday center fielder for the Rockies for years to come. While doing that, Black compared Dahl to two of his contemporaries from his own playing days: Hall of Famers Paul Molitor and George Brett.

Black made the comparison between the three (with Dahl and Molitor, in particular) as a testament to how talented Dahl can be when he’s on the field. His biggest problem is staying on the field, though.

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