Hardball Retrospective – The “Original” 2009 Colorado Rockies

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Consequently, Mike Piazza is listed on the Dodgers roster for the duration of his career while the Giants claim Bobby Bonds and the Indians declare Roger Maris and Manny Ramirez. I calculated revised standings for every season based entirely on the performance of each team’s “original” players. I discuss every team’s “original” players and seasons at length along with organizational performance with respect to the Amateur Draft (or First-Year Player Draft), amateur free agent signings and other methods of player acquisition.  Season standings, WAR and Win Shares totals for the “original” teams are compared against the “actual” team results to assess each franchise’s scouting, development and general management skills.

Expanding on my research for the book, the following series of articles will reveal the finest single-season rosters for every Major League organization based on overall rankings in OWAR and OWS along with the general managers and scouting directors that constructed the teams. “Hardball Retrospective” is available in digital format on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, GooglePlay, iTunes and KoboBooks. Additional information and a discussion forum are available at TuataraSoftware.com.

Terminology

OWAR – Wins Above Replacement for players on “original” teams

OWS – Win Shares for players on “original” teams

OPW% – Pythagorean Won-Loss record for the “original” teams

Assessment

The 2009 Colorado Rockies         OWAR: 44.4     OWS: 297     OPW%: .561

GM Dan O’Dowd acquired 65% (28 of 43) of the ballplayers on the 2009 Rockies roster. 29 players were selected during the Amateur Draft though staff ace Ubaldo Jimenez was signed as an amateur free agent. Based on the revised standings the “Original” 2009 Rockies captured the National League pennant following a fierce battle with the Dodgers for the Western division title.

Chone Figgins accrued 26 Win Shares and received his lone All-Star nomination during the 2009 campaign. He established career-highs with 114 runs scored, 101 walks and a .395 OBP while swiping 42 bags from the leadoff spot. Troy Tulowitzki (.297/32/92) pilfered 20 bases and registered 101 runs on the way to a fifth-place finish in the N.L. MVP balloting. Matt “Big Daddy” Holliday compiled a .313 BA, swatted 24 long balls and knocked in 109 runs. Todd Helton eclipsed the .300 mark for the eleventh time in twelve campaigns, batting at a .325 clip while contributing 38 two-baggers. Brad Hawpe laced 42 doubles and slugged 23 circuit clouts to merit a trip to the Midsummer Classic. 

LINEUP POS WAR WS
Chone Figgins 3B 4.72 26.32
Seth Smith DH/LF 2.61 13.43
Troy Tulowitzki SS 5 25.72
Matt Holliday LF 4.7 26.18
Brad Hawpe RF 0.45 18.96
Juan Uribe 3B 3.01 16.45
Todd Helton 1B 3.41 23.24
Chris Iannetta C 2.27 9.76
Craig Counsell 2B 2.53 14.12
BENCH POS WAR WS
Everth Cabrera SS 2.44 13.48
Clint Barmes 2B 1.34 14.32
Juan Pierre LF 1.31 11.2
Ian Stewart 3B 1.13 11.98
Dexter Fowler CF 1.1 14.4
Jeff Baker 3B 1.03 7.96
Jayson Nix 2B 0.7 6.54
Cory Sullivan LF 0.16 3.14
Josh Bard C 0.1 4.61
Eric Young Jr. 2B -0.25 0.21
Jeff Salazar CF -0.32 0.13
Jody Gerut CF -0.41 4.01
Garrett Atkins 3B -0.58 5.21
Ryan Spilborghs LF -0.91 6.16

Ubaldo Jimenez whiffed 198 batsmen and accrued 15 victories along with a 3.47 ERA in his second full season in the Rockies’ starting rotation. Aaron Cook posted a record of 11-6 with a 4.16 ERA following his All-Star season in ’08. Justin Miller (3-3, 3.18) led an otherwise undistinguished bullpen staff.

ROTATION POS WAR WS
Ubaldo Jimenez SP 6.05 19.07
Aaron Cook SP 2.88 11.26
Esmil Rogers SP 0.06 0.21
Jhoulys Chacin SW 0.08 0.39
Franklin Morales RP 0.31 4.19
BULLPEN POS WAR WS
Justin Miller RP 0.66 4.47
Matt Daley RP 0.55 3.97
Mark DiFelice RP 0.43 3.66
Alberto Arias RP 0.21 3.27
Jason Jennings RP 0.2 3.92
Ryan Speier RP 0.02 0.26
Steven Register RP 0.01 0.08
Sean Green RP -0.14 2.73
Pedro Strop RP -0.2 0
Manny Corpas RP -0.25 0.88
Juan Morillo RP -0.36 0
Jorge Sosa RP -0.38 0.09
Jamey Wright RP -0.53 3.69
Luis Ayala RP -0.59 1.47
David Patton RP -0.68 0.02

 The “Original” 2009 Colorado Rockies roster

NAME POS WAR WS General Manager Scouting Director
Ubaldo Jimenez SP 6.05 19.07 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Troy Tulowitzki SS 5 25.72 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Chone Figgins 3B 4.72 26.32 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Matt Holliday LF 4.7 26.18 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Todd Helton 1B 3.41 23.24 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Juan Uribe 3B 3.01 16.45 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Aaron Cook SP 2.88 11.26 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Seth Smith LF 2.61 13.43 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Craig Counsell 2B 2.53 14.12 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Everth Cabrera SS 2.44 13.48 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Chris Iannetta C 2.27 9.76 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Clint Barmes 2B 1.34 14.32 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Juan Pierre LF 1.31 11.2 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Ian Stewart 3B 1.13 11.98 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Dexter Fowler CF 1.1 14.4 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Jeff Baker 3B 1.03 7.96 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Jayson Nix 2B 0.7 6.54 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Justin Miller RP 0.66 4.47 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Matt Daley RP 0.55 3.97 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Brad Hawpe RF 0.45 18.96 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Mark DiFelice RP 0.43 3.66 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Franklin Morales RP 0.31 4.19 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Alberto Arias RP 0.21 3.27 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Jason Jennings RP 0.2 3.92 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Cory Sullivan LF 0.16 3.14 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Josh Bard C 0.1 4.61 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Jhoulys Chacin SW 0.08 0.39 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Esmil Rogers SP 0.06 0.21 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Ryan Speier RP 0.02 0.26 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Steven Register RP 0.01 0.08 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Sean Green RP -0.14 2.73 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Pedro Strop RP -0.2 0 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Manny Corpas RP -0.25 0.88 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Eric Young 2B -0.25 0.21 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Jeff Salazar CF -0.32 0.13 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Juan Morillo RP -0.36 0 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Jorge Sosa RP -0.38 0.09 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Jody Gerut CF -0.41 4.01 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Jamey Wright RP -0.53 3.69 Bob Gebhard Pat Daugherty
Garrett Atkins 3B -0.58 5.21 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Luis Ayala RP -0.59 1.47 Dan O’Dowd Pat Daugherty
David Patton RP -0.68 0.02 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt
Ryan Spilborghs LF -0.91 6.16 Dan O’Dowd Bill Schmidt

Honorable Mention 

The “Original” 2007 Rockies              OWAR: 42.0     OWS: 264     OPW%: .546

Matt Holliday (.340/36/137) topped the Senior Circuit in batting average, RBI, hits (216) and doubles (50), earning a runner-up finish in the 2007 NL MVP vote. Troy Tulowitzki (.291/24/99) accrued 104 tallies and placed second in the Rookie of the Year balloting. Todd Helton ripped 42 doubles and third-sacker Chone Figgins manufactured a career-best .330 BA. Garrett Atkins (.301/25/111) and Brad Hawpe (.291/29/116) contributed to Colorado’s offensive onslaught. Jeff Francis paced the starting staff with a 17-9 record while Manny Corpas posted an ERA of 2.08 and saved 19 contests.

On Deck

The “Original” 1992 Brewers

References and Resources

Baseball America – Executive Database

Baseball-Reference

James, Bill, with Jim Henzler. Win Shares. Morton Grove, Ill.: STATS, 2002. Print.

Retrosheet – Transactions Database

Seamheads – Baseball Gauge

Sean Lahman Baseball Archive



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Derek Bain is a New Jersey native with a passion for baseball, statistics, computers and video games. He has written a number of articles for Fangraphs and Seamheads, and enjoys spending quality time with his family.

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