Colorado Rockies: The 10 best players in franchise history
6. Matt Holliday (Rockies Career WAR 18.5)
Let go ahead and get it out of the way. He DID touch home, you Padres homers can go find an echo chamber, it’s not here.
Now on to the next argument, yes like the last player on the list, he only spent a short 4 full-seasons in Colorado. In those 4 seasons though, he racked up more WAR than just 6 other players in Rockies history. From his rookie season of 2004, up until his return in 2018 as a power bench option, no one can deny the skill this man displayed on the field. His career slash line of .299/.379/.510 and 316 HR’s speak to his borderline HOF resume. Yes, I will die on that hill.
If it wasn’t for getting Carlos Gonzalez back in the trade that sent him to Oakland I don’t know if I would have forgiven them for that. His best season as a Rockie came in the best season of Rockies history, 2007. That year he slashed .340/.405/.607 with 36 HRs and 137 RBI for an OPS+ of 151 and 6 WAR (career-high). He led the NL in batting average, total bases (386), RBI, doubles, and hits.
He finished 2nd in MVP voting (yet another travesty of biased voting), started in the All-Star game, and won a Silver Slugger. He went to a total of 3 All-Star games, won 3 Silver Sluggers, finished 5th in Rookie-of-the-Year voting, and was in the top-15 of MVP voting 4 times.