Who Was Rockies MVP?

November 24, 2009 | 5:54 am | 34  

The Rockies had a balanced roster in 2009.

They claimed the NL wild-card, and set franchise records for wins in a season and wins in a month.

They did not, however, have a player finish in the top 10 single season category in any offensive stat.

That keeps them from having a contender for the NL MVP.

So who would you select as the 2009 Rockies MVP?



  • snel7083 | November 24, 2009 | 5:57 am

    Todd Helton – from the start of the year to the end, very consistant. For most of the year he was in the top 10 in average.


  • Tracy Ringolsby | November 24, 2009 | 6:15 am

    For those who are interested, I did have an NL MVP vote and here is how I voted:

    1. Albert Pujols
    2. Troy Tulowitzki
    3. Chase Utley
    4. Hanley Ramirez
    5. Prince Fielder
    6. Andre Ethier
    7. Pablo Sandoval
    8. Adrian Gonzalez
    9. Huston Street
    10. Adam Wainwright

  • Cesar Carvajal | November 24, 2009 | 6:16 am

    Although I recognize Helton as a team leader, Tulowitzki numbers are good enough to be chosen as Rockies MVP.

    Helton hitted with consistency, but it was Tulow improvement what helped Rockies to finally qualify t post-season. 32 HR and 92 RBI.

  • Cesar Carvajal | November 24, 2009 | 6:19 am

    Tracy, great that you had Pablo Sandoval in the top ten. Btw, he will play too in the VWL since this friday.I think this will be his last year playing here in Venezuela.

  • Chris | November 24, 2009 | 7:00 am

    I think I would argue Cargo. In fact, even when he was struggling earlier, the Rockies had started winning. When he was in the Springs, the team was struggling. Tulo is the obvious choice and leader of the team but I would argue for Cargo.

  • Curt in Florida | November 24, 2009 | 7:23 am

    As Tulo goes (or went) so goes (or went) the Rockies. Hands down.

  • Marcus | November 24, 2009 | 7:45 am

    People quickly forget how HUGE Yorvit was for the Colorado Rockies. Not only did he have a consistent bat this year he was also very clutch! He served as a leader on defence and was the main reason for the pitchers success, mainly DLR and Ubaldo. The Rockies would have been horrible without him last year!! This is why it is a huge mistake for the Rockies to not pay him what he disserves.

  • Karl | November 24, 2009 | 7:53 am

    I agree with the statement by Curt. As Tulo goes, so goes this team in 2009. As for 2010, it may be Cargo as a strong kickstarter, but he was not all there for the whole year, he did finish strong though.

  • N Wagner | November 24, 2009 | 8:29 am

    Huston Street…. Never before have the Rockies had such an efficient and reliable closer. Without him the rockies don’t make the playoffs. It would be tough to say that about any other one player on the rockies.

  • Jerry R. | November 24, 2009 | 8:41 am

    I really agree with Tracy R.’s votes – Tulo was the MVP and Street the runner-up on this team.

    First half of the season only??? –> Jason Marquis.

  • Dan | November 24, 2009 | 8:57 am

    I would rank them like this: 1-Huston STreet, 2-Tulo, 3-Yorvit, 4-Cargo, 5-Helton.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | November 24, 2009 | 9:30 am

    Definitely Tulo. He’s a fair league candidate (though I probably wouldn’t put him as high as Tracy did) but players who contribute in multiple areas (such as a slugging shortstop who fell short of 100 RBI) tend to be overlooked. I’d like to see Tulo get off to a decent start next season and stay healthy.

    Lots of heroes on this year’s team, though, that’s for sure. It was a fun, deep team.

    Street was lights out and was especially important when the pen was shaky in the 1st half. I don’t think even that performance matches the value provided by a slick-fielding, cleanup-hitting shortstop. Helton deserves some appreciation, too (as if we could overlook him), for a very consistent season and remarkable comeback.

  • C Thistle | November 24, 2009 | 10:38 am

    Tulo is the fire under the team. Helton is the sage veteran. I don’t think it’s the same team without both of them. You could probably find 1 for 1 replacements for anyone else.

  • Roland | November 24, 2009 | 11:01 am

    1 – Tulo – Huge steps – budding superstar
    2 – Street – sure fire closer (until the end)
    3 – DeLaRosa – a certain W from June on!
    4 – Cargo – He made it look easy vs. Philly
    5 – Helton – for his mere presence

  • Liz | November 24, 2009 | 11:14 am

    Hard to knock Street but I guess Tulo would get my vote too, Helton third and what happened to the votes for Hawpe if your talking half a season he carried us too.

  • Shane | November 24, 2009 | 11:21 am

    Tulo is an easy choice for the MVP of this team.

  • David Martin | November 24, 2009 | 11:30 am

    While I agree that Tulo was the Rockies MVP, I an argument could be made for Helton, because of his steadiness…but the other person that I think I would be tempted to vote for is Jason Marquis. While his second half was less than desirable, the fact of the matter is, I believe that his eight of his first 10 wins came after a Rockies loss. Without him keeping the Rockies above water during April and May the Rockies never get anywhere close to the playoffs.

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | November 24, 2009 | 12:12 pm

    Tulo finished 5th in the actual vote. Not bad at all. I’d have argued he’s a better candidate than Howard, but then again, so is Chase Utley and he finished below Tulo, so it evens out.

  • fred | November 24, 2009 | 12:17 pm

    Gotta go with the “TEAM”, it was a team effort. Everyone picked each other up. Remember when Street went down. Its like the spokes on a bike tire, you gotta have them all in sync in order for it to go round and stay on the road. Sure it can get wobbly every once and awhile the guy pedaling “TRACY” tries to keep it straight and he did.

  • Dylan | November 24, 2009 | 1:21 pm

    Huston Street had a spectacular season. Jim Tracy turned the team around with his coaching style. Todd had an amazing comeback season. Marquis was phenomenal.

    Tulo for MVP of the Rockies though ;) Hands down.

  • Jim | November 24, 2009 | 2:33 pm

    Helton. No one else on team exhibited the tandem of talent and consistency.

  • ProgMatinee | November 24, 2009 | 3:09 pm

    quite a few different rockies ended up receiving votes in the actual voting, even Brad Hawpe.

  • Wayne | November 24, 2009 | 3:59 pm

    Got to give to the TEAM, but as individuals
    1. Tulo
    2. Street
    3. Gonzales
    4. Helton
    5. De La Rosa
    6. Jimenez
    7. Hawpe (probably #1 for 1st half)
    8. Cook
    9. 7th and 8th inning relievers
    10. Marquis (probably #2 for 1st half)

    What a solid foundation and core they have, can’t wait to see if they come out of the gate winning like they did the 2nd half of 09.
    With O’dowd’s magic, one or two additions could only help.

  • Marc | November 24, 2009 | 10:12 pm

    From a numbers perspective – Tulo is the easy pick
    From a leadership and presence perspective – has to be Todd

    I wish April would hurry up and get here

  • Smitty | November 25, 2009 | 8:44 am

    Helton all the way. With his tremendous fielding percentage and hitting he should have received his 4th Gold Glove.

  • Shack | November 25, 2009 | 10:41 am

    Helton has to be the team MVP this season. I love Tulo as much as the next guy, but he still has a way to go to be the team MVP of the Rockies.

    What it comes down to for me is that Tulo was simply atrocious during the late innings of tight ball games all year long. Consider the following statistics:

    -This year, Helton hit .301 in “late and close” games. Tulo hit .222.
    -This year, Helton hit .353 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position; Tulo hit .232.

    If Tulo was any less clutch, his nickname would be “Mario Mendoza”.

    Simply put, when the game’s on the line, you should want your team MVP to be at the plate. There were a number of players that I would have rather had at the plate in this situation (Helton, Smith, Gonzalez, and even Spilborghs immediately come to mind). Tulo needs to be that guy to be the team MVP.

    The NLDS demonstrates my point exactly. When the Phillies were down in the top of the 9th inning in game 4, they wanted their team MVP (Ryan Howard) at the plate. And he delivered the eventual game-winning double. In both games 3 and 4, with the Rockies down to their final out, Helton stepped up to the plate and got on base. In both games 3 and 4, with the Rockies down to their final out, Tulo stepped up to the plate and made the final out (without making good contact with the ball either time).

    Tulo’s good, but he’s not Helton.

  • Trey | November 25, 2009 | 11:28 am

    De La Rosa

  • Mark | November 25, 2009 | 1:06 pm

    I’d go with Helton as the team MVP. He was a model for consistency, batting over .300 every month. Granted, this was not the power hitter we’ve seen in seasons past, but he got on base with consistency and was able to drive in runs in clutch situations.

    I’d stick Tulo as 2. He’s got all the tools, but still swings for the fences in clutch situations instead of doing the smart thing and concentrating on just getting on base and playing smart baseball. Gold glove next year, unless they just want to give it to Rollins again next year. Not sure why the incumbent always has the edge in this award.

    Huston is number 3, simply because of his ability to close games out. He was amazing, until the playoffs that is. He’d be #2, but he’s not a position player.

    I simply don’t understand how people can argue Cargo as MVP. He didn’t even play half the games. He was 6th in BA (min 200 PAs), 5th in OPS, and had 28BBs to 70Ks. The only player on the team with a worse BB/K ratio was Barmes. Yes, he has potential, but MVP? I’d love to see someone make that arguement (intelligently).

  • Brian H | November 25, 2009 | 5:18 pm

    Tracy – what were the final NL MVP standings? I am looking everywhere and cannot find it.

    Also, my team MVP vote goes to Huston Street. He helped stabilize a bullpen that was weak from the start, but ended up becoming one of the better units in baseball.

    My final tallies:

    1) Huston Street
    2) Troy Tulowitzki
    3) Ubaldo Jimenez
    4) Todd Helton

    First half MVP:
    Jason Marquis

    Second Half MVP:
    Carlos Gonzalez

  • Reader f/k/a Mike | November 25, 2009 | 5:52 pm

    Clutch hitting is only so much of the game, otherwise you’d have to say Torrealba was the MVP.

    How many fewer clutch situations would there be without Tulowitzki? When your shortstop hits on par with your MVP-candidate first baseman, it’s pretty hard to name someone else your MVP. The gap between Helton and Tulo is huge, even allowing for clutch hitting. The standard for what first basemen hit vs. shortstops is substantial. Helton has a very good year, but was out-hit by 6 or 7 other NL 1st basemen.

  • tatermasher | November 25, 2009 | 7:04 pm

    Helton’s .325 BA was 4th in NL. For the rest of my thoughts see SHACK below…he hit the nail right on the head.

  • Rockies Chick | November 27, 2009 | 1:28 pm

    Tulo was very good at his position but it was Todd that made him look even better. Helton saved many wild throws from all positions with his outstanding 1st base play. Very little gets by the man! Todd’s the MVP for 2009.

  • krockies | December 3, 2009 | 8:46 am

    Shack said it best of all. Helton is MVP. Great comeback Todd. Consistent all year!

  • Rich M | December 9, 2009 | 1:38 pm

    The Rockies MVP vote should go like this:

    1. Tulo
    2. Helton
    3. Street

    You could make an excellent case (as others have) for all three, but Tulo really is a special talent out there at shortstop. Tulo also is still very young, however I would expect Tracy to stick him in the cleanup spot and let him hit with his natural power swing for all of 2010. 35 hrs and 100 rbis with a .280+ average – yep that will work out about right.

    Anybody know what the Rockies won/loss record is with Tulo hitting 4th in the lineup?