Colorado Rockies: Who deserves an All-Star Game spot
The Colorado Rockies All-Star History
While I believe that the host club information is the most pertinent for this article, I did the research and just want to point out how the Rockies have done in terms of the All-Star Game throughout their history.
Across 27 games, the Rockies have had 58 All-Stars, averaging 2.15 players per year. They have also had 23 starters and had 13 players compete in the Home Run Derby (I honestly thought this number would be higher). The team has only had eight seasons with one All-Star and only has had six seasons with no starters or Home Run Derby competitors. The Rockies have only had three seasons in their history where they have had a “token” player at the All-Star game (one participant who does not start and is not a part of the Home Run Derby). These “token” years are 1993, 2004, and 2005, three of the worst seasons (performance-wise) in franchise history.
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There are two years that could arguably be the “best” for the Rockies from an All-Star perspective: 2013 and 2017. In 2013, the Rockies sent three players (Michael Cuddyer, Carlos Gonzalez, and Troy Tulowitzki) to the All-Star Game. All three players were named starters and Cuddyer also competed in the Home Run Derby. This was by far the most time spent on Colorado Rockies players at an All-Star Game (aside from maybe 1998 when they hosted it, but they only had a single starter that game) and this was in 2013! In the midst of the Rockies floundering about, unsure if they want to rebuild or compete, they produced the most All-Star starters in the club’s history.
The 2017 All-Star Game is a similar story. That year, the Rockies tied (along with 2019) for their most All-Stars ever: four in Charlie Blackmon, Nolan Arenado, DJ LeMahieu, and Greg Holland. This year, however, the club only earned two starting spots for Blackmon and Arenado. Blackmon also earned a spot competing in the Home Run Derby. Not too shabby, and in a year that the Colorado Rockies made the playoffs? Could certainly be a competitor for the best All-Star Game in Rockies history.
It was no mistake when I said that the Colorado Rockies have had a starter on the National Legue roster for the past 10 All-Star Games. The Rockies currently have the longest active All-Star starter streak in MLB, four years more than the Los Angeles Angels in second place. For the record, no other NL team has an active All-Star starter streak longer than two years. This streak is the longest for an NL team through the past 27 All-Star Games, and it would be a little strange to see that end when the team finally gets its chance to host.
Anyway, what was this article about? Oh yeah, whether the current Colorado Rockies, the ones who are on track to lose over 100 games, deserve more than a “token” player on the roster. Let’s see how the team stacks up in each position.