For the whole of their history, the Colorado Rockies have been known as a power-friendly franchise. The combination of originating in 1993 during the steroid era and playing most of their seasons in hitters’ paradise Coors Field (even post-humidor it plays as a strong home run park) has helped the Rockies accumulate some impressive career totals despite such a short history relative to the rest of MLB. The top five home run hitters in Colorado Rockies history did most of their damage during the second half of the 1990s, enjoying a park that set the record for home runs in a season twice.
1. Todd Helton: 327 home runs
The Colorado Rockies all-time leader in home runs is longtime first baseman Todd Helton. Helton has been with the Rockies since the 1997 season and he remains a starter with the team today. Early in his career, Helton made a name for himself as a power hitter, but he became an excellent all-around hitter for average, power, and on-base skills. Helton had six consecutive 30-plus home run seasons from 1999 to 2004. His highest total came in 2001 when he slugged out 49 homers.
2. Larry Walker: 258 home runs
Few players enjoyed Coors Field more than outfielder Larry Walker, the second leading home run hitter in Colorado Rockies history. Walker tallied a .710 slugging percentage in his career at Coors Field; his overall career slugging percentage is .565. In ten seasons with the Rockies from 1995 to 2004, he hit at least 35 home runs four times. In 1997, Larry Walker won the NL MVP Award with 49 home runs, 130 RBI, and a .720 slugging percentage, all of which were career highs.
3. Vinny Castilla: 239 home runs
Ranking third among Colorado Rockies all-time home run leaders, Vinny Castilla was an expansion draft pick by the organization. He played in Colorado from 1993 to 1999 and had a remarkable improvement heading into the prime of his career. Before 1995, Castilla had hit just 12 home runs in 445 at-bats. In 1995, he exploded for 32 home runs, following it with three consecutive 40 home run seasons. After leaving the Rockies, Castilla had a fairly average career until returning to the team in 2004 for a 34 home run 131 RBI season.
4. Dante Bichette: 201 home runs
Dante Bichette was the first player to hit 200 home runs in a Rockies’ uniform. Like Galarraga, Bichette was a part of the original Colorado Rockies and he hit for power throughout his tenure. In seven seasons with the team, he hit at least 21 homers every year. The best season of his career came in 1995 when he hit 40 home runs and drove in 128 RBI, both of which led the National League. As a perfect example of the original park effects of Coors Field, 31 of those 40 home runs were hit in home games.
5. Andres Galarraga: 172 home runs
A member of the team from its inaugural 1993 season, Andres Galarraga became one of the Colorado Rockies all-time home run leaders. With the Rockies, Galarraga posted great all-around power numbers, leading the league in home runs once and RBI twice. He had back-to-back 40 home run seasons in 1996 and 1997, his final two years with the team. In his career as a whole, Galarraga fell just one homer short of the 400 mark.