Colorado Rockies Are Still Searching for Their First Hall of Famer

Paul Francis Sullivan@@sullybaseballChief Writer IJanuary 13, 2013

CINCINNATI - MAY 16:  Dale Murphy #3 of the Colorado Rockies swings at the oncoming pitch during a game against the Cincinnati Reds at Riverfront Stadium on May 16, 1993 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
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When Dale Murphy failed to be elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame on his 15th ballot, Atlanta Braves fans lost a chance to see one of their most beloved players to be enshrined. Colorado fans also lost their best opportunity to have a Rockie in the Hall of Fame.

Granted, Dale Murphy's 26 games with the inaugural 1993 Rockies were hardly the highlight of his career. He batted .143 with no home runs before retiring. But if Murphy had been elected, he would have been the first person to even play a game for the Rockies to be in Cooperstown.

Right now, not one single plaque at the Baseball Hall of Fame features the words "Colorado (N. L.)" on it.

Every other franchise, including the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos, has at least one player who played a few games on its team in the Hall of Fame.

Each of the recent expansion teams has at least one member in the Hall of Fame.

The Tampa Bay Rays were the final team Wade Boggs played for. Roberto Alomar played 38 games in his final season for the Arizona Diamondbacks. And Andre Dawson played briefly for the Florida Marlins.

Yet no single Colorado Rockies player is in. And the chances of one entering any time soon are not great. 

Larry Walker won the 1997 NL MVP and put up terrific numbers. But his playing not only in the steroid era but in the pre-humidor Coors Field will stand in the way of his election. According to, he has yet to receive more than 23 percent of the vote in each of his first three years on the ballot.

Todd Helton is not retired yet, so his Hall of Fame clock has not started. And chances are, his many accomplishments will be belittled because of his home park.

Jason Giambi has no shot given the attitude of suspected PED users. Injuries have probably derailed Troy Tulowitzki's Cooperstown chances, and Matt Holliday has not been elite for enough seasons.

Unless the Rockies sign Jim Thome or lure Chipper Jones out of retirement, the sight of a Colorado Rockie in the Hall of Fame might elude the team deep into this decade.