Colorado Rockies 2013: Is Troy Tulowitzki Still the Best Shortstop in the Game?

Gary OusdahlCorrespondent IIMarch 4, 2013

DENVER, CO - APRIL 29:  Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Colorado Rockies heads to the dugout against the New York Mets at Coors Field on April 29, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Mets defeated the Rockies 6-5 in 11 innings.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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How many of you believe that the Colorado Rockies' Troy Tulowitzki is still the best shortstop in the game today?

OK, Yankees fans, calm down.  We all love Derek Jeter and know he's the greatest living legend currently playing shortstop.  

But what about the most dominant player at the position going into 2013?

If his name has even lightly slipped off of your radar due to an injury-stricken 2012, let me refresh you on a few of the numbers Tulo's put up in seven years with the Colorado Rockies.

He has a career .292/.364/.504 slash line, 130 home runs, 470 RBI, 471 runs scored and 822 hits in 2,813 at-bats.  He's also a back-to-back (2010 and 2011) All-Star, Silver Slugger and Gold Glove winner, has received MVP votes in four seasons and finished second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2007.  

Not enough to convince you since he only logged 47 games last year and underwent season-ending surgery to remove scar tissue in his groin area?

Even before Tulowitzki went on the disabled list, he was still hitting .287/.360/.486.  Not bad for a shortstop, or for anyone at any position for that matter.  

But keep in mind that he's also had a .545 slugging average over the last three years, and since 2009, he leads all major league shortstops in OBP (.375), slugging (.547) and home runs with 97.  He's also tied with Hanley Ramirez in RBI with 319.  

If healthy, Tulowitzki's bat will add a huge punch to the middle of the Rockies lineup, but his glove and his range will also be one of the biggest advantages of having Tulo back out on the field.

If he can stay healthy, expect huge things out of him.