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Troy Tulowitzki Retires: A Look Back at His Career

Troy Tulowitzki retired on Thursday after playing 13 seasons in the big leagues. Arguably one of the best shortstops of his generation, Tulo shined for the Colorado Rockies during their miraculous playoff run in 2007. The 34-year old made five trips to the All-Star game, came in second in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2007, losing by only two points, and won two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards.

College Career

Tulowitzki was a star for the Long Beach State “Dirtbags”, where he played for three seasons. In college, Troy hit .310 with 20 home runs and 117 RBIs. He was a two-time All-Big West selection and played for the United States collegiate national baseball team, where he won a gold medal in the 2004 World University Baseball Championship. Known for his defense, where he had a .962 fielding percentage in college, the Colorado Rockies did not hesitate to draft him, picking him seventh overall in the 2005 draft.

Major League Career

Tulo proved his worth early and did not spend much time in the minors. His first call-up came on August 30, 2006 and he started the 2007 season on the Opening Day roster. His first highlight came on April 29, 2007 when he turned an unassisted triple play against the Atlanta Braves at Coors Field. Tulo’s rookie year numbers were impressive: .291 batting average, 24 home runs, and 99 RBIs. He finished second to the Brewers Ryan Braun in Rookie of the Year voting, losing 128 to 126 votes.

Tulo’s best seasons came between the years 2009-2015, where he made five appearances in the All-Star game. He hit .298 with 192 home runs and his two Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards in 2010 and 2011. For his career with the Rockies, Blue Jays and Yankees, Tulowitzki batted .290 with 225 home runs and 780 RBIs.

It was at the prime shortstop position the Tulo made his name. Known as one of the best fielding shortstops of his generation, Tulowitzki had a fielding percentage of .985 and committed only 91 errors. He was also a part of 871 double plays.

Tulowitzki was a part of four playoff appearances for the Rockies and Blue Jays. He was a key part to the Rockies magical run to the World Series in 2007, where Colorado won 21 of their final 29 games in the regular season, and swept the Phillies and Braves. He would lead the Rockies again to the 2009 postseason. At the trade deadline in 2015, he was traded to the contending Toronto Blue Jays to give him one last chance at a World Series title, and played in the 2015 and 2016 postseasons with the Jays.


Troy Tulowitzki Retires
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Injuries took their toll on Tulowitzki. During his prime years of 2009-2014, he missed 172 total games with a plethora of injuries to his heel, calf, ankle, and quadriceps. Who knows what kind of numbers the star shortstop could have put up had he not missed so much time. He played five games in 2019 for the Yankees before he went on the injured list with a calf strain. It was this final injury that he decided to hang up his spikes forever.

In announcing his retirement on Thursday, Tulowitzki announced he was taking a volunteer coaching position with the Texas Longhorns baseball team. While he may not get many votes for the Hall of Fame due to his many injuries, don’t be surprised to see Tulo’s #2 hanging at Coors Field as he truly is one of the greatest Rockies ever.


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