Top 5 players to play for the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves
As the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves resume their season series in Atlanta, we take a look at the shared history between the two franchises, including the top five players who have ever suited up for both teams.
Total Number of shared players: 74
Exclusively Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves players:
Eric Young Jr.
Here are the top five players to play for both the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves
5. Dale Murphy
Dale Murphy is not on this list for his time on the Rockies. In fact, his time with the Rockies is arguably the most disheartening time in his career. However, Murphy is easily the best player to appear on this list in terms of pure skill.
Murphy is one of the greatest Atlanta Braves of all time, spending 17 seasons within the club’s umbrella. The Braves drafted Murphy fifth overall in the 1974 draft. He won two MVPs, five Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, and totaled seven All-Star appearances. Murphy was traded to the Phillies in 1990 and signed with the newly created Colorado Rockies in 1993. Murphy had seen his numbers regress since leaving Atlanta. In Colorado, they took a turn for the worst.
Murphy chose the dignity of retiring instead of being released, ending his career in the middle of the worst season of his career. Murphy has the distinction of being the first Colorado Rockies player to appear on a Hall of Fame ballot and he was also the first Rockies player to advance in the Hall of Fame ballot. He may not have been the greatest Rockies player of all time, but he is certainly one of the greatest players to wear a Rockies jersey, deserving the fifth spot on this list.