Let’s continue our look at the greatest Colorado Rockies and their corresponding uniform numbers.
Today, we’ll look at the top Colorado Rockies players who have worn numbers 41 through 50.
Denny Stark wore the number 41 the most with the Rockies, along with Brian Bohanon. The former had his best career year in 2002 where he went 11-4 with a 4.00 ERA after being traded along with Brian Fuentes for Jeff Cirillo. However, that was his biggest contribution while Bohanon had 29 wins for the Rockies in three years but averaged an ERA above six in the same frame.
With all of that, Jeremy Affeldt is the greatest player to wear 41 for the Rockies. Sure, Affeldt had his best years away from Colorado, winning three World Series rings in San Francisco. The club should have never let him go after acquiring him from the Royals in 2006. He had a rough introduction to the team, but was an integral piece of the bullpen in the storied 2007 season with a 3.51 ERA.
Affeldt should be the model when the Rockies rebuild their bullpen.
Arguably the most iconic number in the history of baseball has only been worn twice in the history of the Rockies franchise. One was by Armando Reynoso and the other was Scott Karl. Karl appeared in 17 games in 2000 with a 7.68 ERA. By default, Reynoso is the greatest Rockie to wear 42.
To be fair, Reynoso played four seasons with the club and he is in the Mexican Hall of Fame of Baseball.
Here’s a fun (or not so fun) fact, he gave up the first career home run to Albert Pujols as a member of the Diamondbacks. For the Rockies, he had his best season in their inaugural year (1993) with a 12-11 record with a 4.00 ERA. He should be remembered as a founding member of the Rockies original starting staff.