4. Mike Hampton
Shohei Ohtani has taken the world by storm, but the early 2000s saw their own version of the hitting pitcher in two-time All-Star Mike Hampton. Now Ohtani is on a whole other level than him, but Hampton didn’t earn five Silver Sluggers for nothing.
Hampton signed with Colorado as a free agent for the 2001 season. He came to the Rockies after two dominant seasons with the Astros and the Mets. Hampton’s bat became even hotter with the Rockies, despite his pitching going south with the club. He was traded to the Braves in 2003 and, to everyone’s surprise, his bat remained hot, and his glove returned to form.
Hampton is yet another case that pitchers could use to try to avoid Coors Field in trades, as his numbers there were better before and after he left the Rockies. This is the second list Hampton has appeared on, so let’s move on to number 3.
3. Walt Weiss
This is the third list that Walt Weiss has appeared on. However, with the Atlanta Braves, Weiss saw his lone All-Star nod. Weiss was a defensive specialist for the Colorado Rockies and Atlanta Braves, being an integral part of the Rockies 1995 Blake Street Bombers run and was involved in the postseason all three seasons with the Atlanta Braves.
He is also well known within both organizations for his coaching career. Weiss was the Colorado Rockies manager from 2013 to 2016 and has been the bench coach for the Braves since then.
Weiss has been deeply ingrained in these franchises since the 1990s. Of course, he gets at least number 3, but that doesn’t mean he can beat out some other Bombers, like our number two pick.