1. Todd Helton: 2,323 hits
The Colorado Rockies’ all-time hits leader is longtime franchise first baseman Todd Helton. Helton became a starter in 1998 and he has remained in the role for the last 13 seasons and counting. Through the 2010 season, he has a career .324 batting average with a .424 on-base percentage. He had his best season in 2000 when he led the NL in several categories with 216 hits, a .372 average, 1.162 OPS, 59 doubles, and 147 RBI. Helton also owns the Rockies’ franchise records for runs, RBI, home runs, doubles, and walks.
2. Larry Walker: 1,361 hits
Former NL MVP Larry Walker spent ten seasons as Colorado’s right fielder from 1995 to 2004. Walker is the Rockies’ all-time OPS leader with a 1.044 mark; his .965 career OPS is the 16th highest in Major League history. He led the NL in batting average three times, reaching as high as .379 and averaging .334 over 1,170 games with the Rockies. In 17 seasons in MLB, Walker tallied 2,160 hits with 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases.
3. Dante Bichette: 1,278 hits
Ranking third among the Colorado Rockies’ all-time hits leaders is four-time All-Star outfielder Dante Bichette. From 1993 to 1999, Bichette batted .316 with an .892 OPS and averaged 183 hits, 29 home runs, and 118 RBI per season. He twice led the NL in hits including a Rockies’ single-season record 219 hits in 1998.
4. Vinny Castilla: 1,206 hits
Two-time All-Star third baseman Vinny Castilla spent the best years of his career in Colorado. Castilla hit higher than .300 in each year from 1994 to 1998 including three 40 home runs 100 RBI seasons. Over nine seasons with the Rockies, he posted a .294 average and .530 slugging percentage. He totaled a career-high 206 hits in 1998.
5. Matt Holliday: 848 hits
Current Cardinals’ left fielder Matt Holliday left Colorado with the fifth most hits in Rockies’ history. Holliday was a .319 hitter over five seasons with the Rockies. In 2007, he finished second in NL MVP voting as he led the league with a .340 average, 216 hits, 50 doubles, and 137 RBI. Through 2010, he is up to 1,216 lifetime hits in seven seasons.
6. Andres Galarraga: 843 hits
Five-time All-Star first baseman Andres Galarraga places sixth among the Colorado Rockies’ all-time hits leaders. Galarraga was picked up by the Rockies in their inaugural 1993 season and he responded with a breakout year that included an NL-leading .370 batting average and a career best 1.005 OPS. He spent five seasons in Colorado and 19 in MLB, totaling 2,333 hits and 399 home runs.
7. Garrett Atkins: 805 hits
Garrett Atkins manned the hot corner for Colorado from 2003 to 2009. Atkins had two great hitting years in 2006 and 2007 when he combined for a .315 batting average, 54 home runs, 83 doubles, 231 RBI, and 200 runs scored. Entering 2011, he is looking to win a roster spot in Pittsburgh.
8. Neifi Perez: 769 hits
One-time Gold Glove shortstop Neifi Perez spent six years in Colorado to become one of the Rockies’ all-time hits leaders. Perez broke into the majors with Colorado in 1996 and became a starter in 1997. He hit .282 as he registered between 162 and 193 hits per season from 1998 to 2001.
9. Brad Hawpe: 749 hits
Colorado’s right fielder for the last seven years, Brad Hawpe finished his tenure in the ninth spot on the Rockies’ all-time hits leaders list. Hawpe hit .280 with a .373 on-base percentage and .492 slugging mark in Colorado. He had his career year in 2007 with 150 hits, 29 home runs, 116 RBI, and a .926 OPS. Hawpe is currently starting at first base for the Padres.
10. Troy Tulowitzki: 697 hits
The current two-time All-Star shortstop for the Colorado Rockies, Troy Tulowitzki is rapidly climbing the team’s all-time leaders in several categories. Through 640 games in the majors, Tulowitzki is hitting .287 with 109 home runs, 395 RBI, and 401 runs scored. He has a career OPS of .853.