The best players to play a year or less for the Colorado Rockies

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 7-6. (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 19: Roy Oswalt #44 of the Colorado Rockies pitches during the game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field on September 19, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. The Cardinals defeated the Rockies 7-6. (Photo by Rob Leiter/Getty Images) /
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Ron Gant, Colorado Rockies
23 Feb 2001: Ron Gant #3 of the Colorado Rockies has a laugh during spring training at Tucson Electric Park in Tucson, Arizona. DIGITAL IMAGE Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr/ALLSPORT /

Hitting fifth for the Colorado Rockies, left fielder Ron Gant

Ron Gant spent parts of 16 years playing in the majors from 1987 through 2003 and he played in 59 games for the Colorado Rockies in 2001. However, he spent his best years with the Atlanta  Braves in the late 80s and early 90s.

Gant is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Silver Slugger winner who also got MVP votes in four seasons. He had a 6th place finish in NL MVP voting for the NL Champion Braves in 1991 and a fifth-place finish for the NL MVP in 1993.

He hit .256/.336/.468 with a career of 112 OPS+ with seven seasons of 25+ homers and two 100+ RBI seasons.

Hitting sixth for the Colorado Rockies, catcher Javy López

You may not remember Javy López ever playing for the Colorado Rockies and that’s because he didn’t. However, he signed with the Rockies as an invite to Spring Training before the 2007 season. He didn’t make the team as he was released in mid-March and never played professionally again.

He spent 15 seasons in the majors (12 with the Braves) and was their primary catcher for their long playoff streak in the late 1990s and early 2000s. He was a career .287/.337/.491 hitter with an OPS+ of 112. He was a three-time All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award winner.

His best season came in 2003 with the Braves when he had 43 homers, 109 RBI, a .328/.378/.687 slash line, an OPS+ of 169, and a WAR of 6.8 in 129 games. He came in 5th in NL MVP voting that year.

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