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Can Rockies’ Ezequiel Tovar eclipse Troy Tulowitzki as the best shortstop in franchise history?

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Ezequiel Tovar is quietly becoming a star.

While the Rockies’ reconstruction project will likely take years, the soft-spoken Tovar is rapidly becoming one of baseball’s best shortstops. And he’s only 22 years old.

Last Tuesday night at the Oakland Coliseum, Tovar had the first two-homer game of his career. His fifth-inning blast traveled 443 feet, his seventh-inning shot went 411. Tovar doesn’t think of himself as a home run hitter, but he’s got plenty of power.

His two-homer night, along with his consistent and oftentimes spectacular defense, got me thinking. Does Tovar have a chance — a chance, mind you — to be the best shortstop in Rockies history?

During spring training, he signed a seven-year, $63.5 million contract with a team option for 2031 that could boost the…

Patrick Saunders

2024-05-25 12:00:49

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