Rockies Hall of Fame

This page honors those men who excelled at the highest level for the Rockies, qualifying themselves for this publication's Colorado Rockies' Rockies' Hall of Fame. One does not have to be retired or dead to be named, I write in jest. If a player has produced in outstanding ways, they're in now. Why wait? The merely good are respected but not included in this selective group.

Those in bold maroon are not in yet but could still make it in the future.

Initial Class - 2012

1B Todd Helton (1997-current)
----A five-time All Star, winner of a batting title and led the league in hits, doubles and RBI once. Tremendous plate discipline and bat control. Has more bases on balls than strikeouts and owns a .323 career batting average. Career averages are 137 games, 37 doubles, 23 home runs and 87 RBI. Like with Walker, injuries have taken his greatness but not his heart and drive. Five times he's hit more than 40 doubles and twice hit more than 50. Helton has twice hit 40 or more homers and four times hit 30-plus. Has five seasons of 100 or more RBI and two other years of 90-plus.

OF Larry Walker (1995-2004)
----The 1997 MVP, won three batting titles, a home run crown, led the league in assists once and finished second twice more. Averaged just under 26 homers, 30 doubles and 85 RBI in but 117 games a season (due to injuries) while hitting a robust .334 and striking out but 66 times a year. Was also known as a smart baserunner. Injuries robbed what could have been a Cooperstown induction. A 4-time All Star with Colorado who also was voted to the team once while with Montreal.

OF Dante Bichette (1993-99)
----Five-time All Star, second in the 1995 MVP voting. Averaged nearly 29 homers, 39 doubles and 118 RBI in seven seasons with the club. Averaged 128 RBI in his last five seasons in Colorado. An underrated force at the plate.Twice led the NL in assists from right field.

1B Andres Galarraga (1993-97)
----Played but five seasons in Colorado and made but one All-Star team. The Big Cat won a battle title by hitting .370, led the league in RBI twice and averaged 34 homers, 31 doubles and 116 RBI with the club. Drove in an otherworldly 290 runs in his final two Denver campaigns. Hit under .304 just once. Proved he was no mile high creation by smacking 44 homers in Atlanta (1998) upon leaving Colorado.

OF Matt Holliday (2004-08)
---Played five seasons, won a battle title, hit under .307 just once, led the league in average, hits, doubles and RBI in 2007 while finishing as runner-up in the MVP balloting. Averaged 32 homers, 44 doubles and 112 RBI in his final three seasons. In his career in Colorado, he averaged 28 homers, 38 doubles and 97 RBI.

3B Vinny Castilla (1993-99, 2004, 2006)
---Averaged 24 homers and 75 RBI while hitting .294 but those numbers don't do him justice. He was a dangerous and feared fastball hitter who hit 40-plus homers for three-straight seasons (1996-98) and hit 30-or-more homers three other times. Drove in 100 or more RBI in five seasons, once leading the league with 131. Known for a strong arm in the field. A two-time All Star. 

SS Troy Tulowitzki (2006-current)
----Two-time All Star and has twice finished in the top 5 of the balloting for NL MVP. Averaging 24 homers, 30 doubles and 87 RBI in five full seasons (and in only 135 games a year) in the majors. He has twice hit more than 30 homers and he drove in 105 runs in 2011. Has finished in the top 3 in assists at shortstop three times, twice led the league in fielding percentage and has been in the top 3 all five full seasons in the game. Has led the league in range from his position in four of his five years and is the current overall active leader. Has to stay healthy but if he does, Cooperstown is a distinct possibility. 

Others receiving consideration - 3B Garrett Atkins, OF Carlos Gonzalez 

Summary - Gonzalez is a bright talent who also could make the Rockies' Analyst HOF. He's won a batting title, hits title, finished in the top 3 of the NL MVP balloting (2010) and averaged 30 homers and 105 RBI over the last two seasons, hitting .311 in his Rockies' career.