Ellis Burks, once a great Rockie, in a photo from spring 2012 when he was coaching the Reds / Presswire

Here are the Colorado Rockies. The way I see it, this is a discussion of just the final two faces on their Mount Rushmore as Todd Helton and Larry Walker clearly get the top two spots. Let’s look a little more at who gets #3 and #4.

Here are the batters by career WAR with Colorado:

Rk Player WAR/pos From To
1 Todd Helton 58.7 1997 2012
2 Larry Walker 46.4 1995 2004
3 Troy Tulowitzki 23.5 2006 2012
4 Matt Holliday 17.5 2004 2008
5 Vinny Castilla 15.8 1993 2006
6 Andres Galarraga 13.4 1993 1997
7 Carlos Gonzalez 11.8 2009 2012
8 Ellis Burks 11.1 1994 1998
9 Eric Young 8.8 1993 1997
10 Clint Barmes 8.1 2003 2010
11 Chris Iannetta 7.6 2006 2011
12 Jeff Cirillo 7.4 2000 2001
13 Dexter Fowler 4.6 2008 2012
14 Jay Payton 4.4 2002 2010
15 Garrett Atkins 4.3 2003 2009
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Generated 5/16/2012.

As for pitchers, take a look, but hold your nose:

Rk Player WAR From To
1 Ubaldo Jimenez 17.8 2006 2011
2 Aaron Cook 15.4 2002 2011
3 Steve Reed 11.4 1993 2004
4 Pedro Astacio 9.9 1997 2001
5 Jason Jennings 9.4 2001 2006
6 Brian Fuentes 9.3 2002 2008
7 Jeff Francis 8.5 2004 2010
8 Armando Reynoso 7.9 1993 1996
9 John Thomson 7.2 1997 2002
10 Kevin Ritz 6.7 1994 1998
11 Curt Leskanic 6.3 1993 1999
12 Bruce Ruffin 6.3 1993 1997
13 Jhoulys Chacin 6.0 2009 2012
14 Jorge De La Rosa 5.8 2008 2011
15 Jerry Dipoto 5.5 1997 2000
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/16/2012.

Ubaldo Jimenez is an interesting case. He was lights out for a while there, and as he started to fade the Rockies traded him off. If we isolate his time with the Rockies, it’s pretty clear that he’s the top starter they’ve ever had.

As for the 2007 Rockies who made the World Series, it’s hard to ignore Matt Holliday, who was the leader of that team in both the regular season and post-season.

Not much else to say…let’s get right to the poll.

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