Sunday, December 13, 2015

#125 Andres Galarraga

OBSERVING : verb  ob·serve \əb-ˈzərv\
:  to watch carefully

The Big Cat

Montreal Expos (1985–1991)
St. Louis Cardinals (1992)
Colorado Rockies (1993–1997)
Atlanta Braves (1998, 2000)
Texas Rangers (2001)
San Francisco Giants (2001)
Montreal Expos (2002)
San Francisco Giants (2003)
Anaheim Angels (2004)

Just a few highlights from his career:
Led National League in Hits (184 in 1988)
Led National League in Total Bases (329 in 1988)
Led National League in Doubles (42 in 1988)
Led National League in Runs Created (113 in 1988)
Led National League in Extra-Base Hits (79 in 1988)
Led National League in Batting Average (.370 in 1993)
Led National League in Home Runs (47 in 1996)
Twice led National League in RBIs (150 in 1996 and 140 in 1997)
Ranks 69th on MLB All-Time Total Bases List (4,038)
Ranks 83rd on MLB All-Time Doubles List (444)
Ranks 43rd on MLB All-Time Home Run List (399)
Ranks 57th on MLB All-Time RBI List (1,425)
Ranks 58th on MLB All-Time Extra-Base Hits List (875)
Ranks 95th on MLB All-Time Intentional Walks List (106)
Was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 2007(1st Rockies Baseball Player to be inducted)
Best Comeback Athlete ESPY Award 2001 (Atlanta Braves)
The Sporting News Comeback Player of the Year Award winner 1993 (Colorado Rockies) 2001 (Atlanta Braves)
First Rockies player ever represented at All-Star Game (1993)
Rockies Career Leader in At Bats per Home Runs with 15.5.
His 150 RBI season in 1996 is still a single season record for the Rockies [1].
Won the three triple crown categories (BA, HR, RBI) although in different seasons
Set Rockies record for RBI before the All-Star break (84 in 1997)
Became the first player in history to win two NL Comeback Player of the Year Awards
Honored in the docudrama movie Galarraga: puro béisbol (Galarraga: Nothing But Baseball - Venezuela, 2000)
Honored in the book Andrés Galarraga - Real Life Reader Biography, by writer Sue Boulais (2003)
Gained induction into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum (2010)

1 comment:

  1. Ah, the Big Cat. He was a real favorite in Denver. Just look at those stats!