1. Dante Bichette
I mean, if I’m building it up you know it’s going to be one of the Blake Street Bombers. Now, if I was looking at both sides equally, Bichette might not have made it this high on the list, but this is a Rockies-centric list. If it wasn’t for the California Angels, we may not have seen the emergence of Dante Bichette, they are the ones that developed him after all.
The Angels drafted Bichette in 1984 and made his debut in 1988. Bichette didn’t become a starter until 1990, his last year in LA. The Angels traded him to the Brewers in 1991 and then to the Colorado Rockies for Kevin Reimer in 1992. Bichette was a day one Rockie and had yet to be the star he would become. In his years in Colorado, Bichette would make four All-Star Games, win a Silver Slugger, be NL MVP Runner Up, and lead the league in Hits, HRs, RBIs, and SLG.
He never had an OPS below .850 while in Denver. He was one of the Blake Street Bombers, but if it weren’t for the time and effort put forth by the California Angels staff to develop him, the Rockies may have missed out on one of its legends. Dante Bichette is easily the best player to play for both teams.
Statistics for this article were found using Baseball-Reference