Judging “greatness” requires a large dose of subjectivity, so the countdown of the 100 greatest Rockies will certainly cause some debate. Not yet though, because I have no idea who I would put at 100 if I were making the list. For me, it would probably be the player who ranks 100 in career Baseball Reference WAR. I don’t overthink lists.
Ben Macaluso kicks off Rox Pile’s list with a look at David Nied, who holds a firm spot in Rockies history as the first player chosen in the 1992 expansion draft, but who was unremarkable as a pitcher. He posted a 90 ERA+ in 218.2 innings from 1993 to 1996.
But, again, “greatness” is subjective here, so performance isn’t the the engine of list creation here. And, in any case, once you start digging, it’s surprising to realize how few truly stand out players the Rockies have had since inception. For instance, the player who ranks 40th in offensive rWAR in Rockies history is a pitcher—Mike Hampton.
Ultimately, Nied is certainly one of the most memorable players in Rockies history, so no qualms here about his placement on Rox Pile’s list.
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