Favorite Rockies Players #1 - Andres Galarraga

@teamfreak16 (41179)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
January 5, 2017 8:03am CST
All good things, as they say, must come to an end, and so it is with my Favorite Rockies Players series. #1 in the countdown is first baseman Andres Galarraga. Nicknamed The Big Cat due to his quick reflexes at first base, Andres Galarraga was an original Rockie, and played four seasons with the team. During his time in a Colorado Rockies uniform, Galarraga was a two time All Star, won a Silver Slugger Award, was the National League Home Run Leader in 1996, and, in both 1996 and 1997, led the National League in Runs Batted In. Despite missing 42 games due to injury, Galarraga had his best season in 1993. With a .370 batting average, The Big Cat led the National League with 56 multi hit games. That season he hit 22 home runs, drove in 98 runs, and scored 71 runs. He had a .403 on base percentage, and a .602 slugging percentage. All of which got him named Sporting News Magazine's Comeback Player of the Year. In a city that had spent decades trying to land a Major League Baseball team, Galarraga was one of Denver's first baseball heroes. A fan favorite, Galarraga was so popular that he received a standing ovation when he returned to Coors Field, where the Rockies play, as a member of the hated San Francisco Giants. Galarraga was essentially a journeyman, playing for seven different teams, but yeah, we love the guy here. (Stats verified by Wikipedia)
6/25/95: Andres Galarraga becomes the first Rockies player to hit three home runs in a game Check out http://m.mlb.com/video for our full archive of videos, ...
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@JohnRoberts (56943)
• Los Angeles, California
5 Jan 17
If it wasn't Helton, I knew you would pick the Big Cat. He played well in Montreal and Atlanta. He got a late start at 25 and injuries help prevent him from getting the HOF stats.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Jan 17
I was happy when I heard we got him in the expansion draft. We did get some scrubs like Freddie Benavides and Alex Cole, but we got some pretty good players like Bichette and Galarraga.
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@FayeHazel (18007)
• United States
5 Jan 17
The big cat, so lucky to have received that nickname
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
6 Jan 17
Well, he has a big frame and very quick reflexes. He didn't seem to mind. He hated that they would play The Pink Panther theme as his walk up music, though. He finally told them about a Spanish song he wanted.
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@Deepizzaguy (13058)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
8 Jan 17
I remember his nickname El Gato Grande which is Spanish for The Big Cat. I heard Andres is loved in Denver since he was one of the good guys on the Rockies baseball team.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 Jan 17
Oh, we definitely love The Big Cat here.
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@Deepizzaguy (13058)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
9 Jan 17
@teamfreak16 I heard it through the sports channel is Connecticut before it turned into a silly sports show that The Big Cat is loved in Denver.
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@amadeo (65835)
• United States
5 Jan 17
thank you for sharing this with us.
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@teamfreak16 (41179)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
5 Jan 17
Oh, you're quite welcome.
@TRBRocks420 (77546)
• Banks, Oregon
8 Jan 17
Great choice for # 1 and, I love the nick name. I remember a wrestler and, football player, named the big cat Ernie Ladd.