Holliday Lands in 7(00)th Heaven with Rockies

The return of Matt Holliday touches off memories for longtime Rockies fans.

And Holliday added another notch in his belt of Rockies accomplishments on Friday night.

After joining the Rockies on Thursday and starting in left-field. Holliday came off the bench as a pinch-hitter in the Rockies 7-5 loss to the Cardinals and delivered a single -- his first hit in his new tenure with the Rockies coming 32 days shy of 10 years of the final hit of his original Rockies tenure.

It was on Sept. 25, 2008 that Holliday went 1-for-3 with an RBI against the Giants in San Francisco, the final time he put on a Rockies uniform until Thursday. He was dealt after that season to the A's, in a deal that brought Carlos Gonzalez to the Rockies.

Not only did Holliday deliver the hit, but he became the 12th player to appear in 700 games with the Rockies. In a sign of a stability that has developed in the organization, Holliday is one of five current Rockies in the 700-game club.

Todd Helton is the all-time leader with 2247 games followed by CarGo (1221), with Charlie Blackmon sEventh (886), three games ahead of D.J. LeMahieu (883) and 44 games more than Nolan Arenado (842). No. 4 on the list is Vinny Castilla (1,098), who in his role as a special assistant to the general manager, is in uniform for virtually all of the Rockies home games.

Holliday was a teammate of each of the 11 other players who are in the 700-club.

The Rockies 700 Club

Player Season G AB H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SLG
Todd Helton 1997-2013(17) 2247 7962 2519 592 37 369 1406 1335 1175 0.316 0.539
Carlos Gonzalez 2009-2018(10) 1221 4490 1307 268 38 225 738 411 1083 0.291 0.518
Larry Walker 1995-2004(10) 1170 4076 1361 297 44 258 848 584 659 0.334 0.618
Vinny Castilla 1993-2006(9) 1098 4099 1206 208 20 239 745 273 631 0.294 0.53
Troy Tulowitzki 2006-2015(10) 1048 3897 1165 224 24 188 657 435 713 0.299 0.513
Dante Bichette 1993-1999(7) 1018 4050 1278 270 18 201 826 226 620 0.316 0.54
Charlie Blackmon 2011-2018(8) 886 3379 1017 172 39 134 410 245 628 0.301 0.494
DJ LeMahieu 2012-2018(7) 883 3239 970 154 29 45 324 268 544 0.299 0.407
Nolan Arenado 2013-2018(6) 842 3215 941 210 25 179 595 273 545 0.293 0.541
Brad Hawpe 2004-2010(7) 816 2673 749 166 23 118 464 400 711 0.28 0.492
Garrett Atkins 2003-2009(7) 773 2788 805 162 7 98 479 279 419 0.289 0.457
Matt Holliday 2004-2018(6) 700 2660 849 188 23 128 483 251 505 0.319 0.552

The Rockies expansion cousins -- the Marlins -- have won two World Series, which is two more than the Rockies, who have, however, advanced to the post-season four times which is two more than the Marlins. And when it comes to stability, the Marlins haven't come close to the Rockies.

Luis Castillo is the franchise's all-time leader with 1,128 games played. The only other player who reached 1,000 games was Jeff Conine (1,014). The Marlins 700-Game Club has nine members.

Marlins All-Time Games Leaders

Player Season G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG SLG
Luis Castillo 1996-2005(10) 1128 4347 675 1273 130 42 20 271 533 629 0.293 0.356
Jeff Conine 1993-2005(8) 1014 3471 447 1005 180 17 120 553 376 677 0.29 0.455
Giancarlo Stanton 2010-2017(8) 986 3577 576 960 202 10 267 672 487 1140 0.268 0.554
Mike Lowell 1999-2005(7) 981 3554 477 965 241 3 143 578 354 528 0.272 0.462
Hanley Ramirez 2006-2012(7) 943 3671 666 1103 232 26 148 482 406 677 0.3 0.499
Alex Gonzalez 1998-2005(8) 896 3221 363 788 183 23 81 375 170 672 0.245 0.391
Derrek Lee 1998-2003(6) 844 2830 422 746 159 18 129 417 363 734 0.264 0.469
Dan Uggla 2006-2010(5) 776 2927 499 771 170 12 154 465 363 760 0.263 0.488
Miguel Cabrera 2003-2007(5) 720 2694 449 842 183 10 138 523 322 592 0.313 0.542
Marcell Ozuna 2013-2017(5) 653 2469 318 683 123 17 96 361 191 590 0.277 0.457

Nine of the 30 teams have never had a player appear in 2,000 games. Seven of those nine, however, are expansion teams. The exceptions are Cleveland (Terry Turner, 1,626 games) and the A's (Bert Campaneris, 1,795 games.

Team All-Time Leader Games Current Games
Arizona Luis Gonzalez 1194 (2) Paul Goldscmidt 1060
Atlanta Hank Aaron 3676 (20) Freddie Freeman 1154
Baltimore Cal Ripken 3001 (9) Adam Jones 1586
Boston Carl Yastrzemski 3308 (11) Dustin Pedroia 1506
Chicago (NL) Ernie Banks 2528 (34) Antony Rizzo 976
Chicago (AL) Luke Appling 2422 (56)Jose Abreu 736
Cincinnati Pete Rose 2722 (9) Joey Votto 1548
Cleveland Terry Turner 1626 (29) Mickey Brantley 1023
Colorado Todd Helton 2247 (2) Carlos Gonzalez 1,221
Detroit Al Kaline 2834 (13) Miguel Cabrera 1,544
Houston Craig Biggio 2856 (14) Jose Altuve 1089
Kansas City George Brett 2707 (6) Alex Gordon 1522
Los Angeles (AL) Garrett Anderson 2013 (11) Mike Trout 1035
Los Angeles (NL) Zack Wheat 2322 (20) Matt Kemp 1238
Miami Luis Castillo 1128 (17) Derek Dietrich 582
Milwaukee Robin Yount 2856 (4) Ryan Braun 1555
Minnesota Harmon Killebrew 2329 (6) Joe Mauer 1827
New York (NL) Ed Kranepool 1853 (3) Jose Reyes 1347
New York (AL) Derek Jeter 2747 (26) Brett Gardner 1330
Oakland Bert Campaneris 1795 (70) Jed Lowrie 655
Philadelphia Mike Schmidt 2404 (76) Cesar Hernandez 638
Pittsburgh Honus Wagner 2436 (51) Josh Harrison 829
St. Louis Stan Musial 3026 (4) Yadier Molina 1845
San Diego Tony Gwynn 2440 (6) Chase Headley 935
San Francisco Willie Mays 2857 (21) Buster Posey 1144
Seattle Edgar Martinez 2055 (8) Kyle Seager 1125
Tampa Bay Evan Longoria 1435 (12) Kevin Kiemaier 528
Texas Michael Young 1823 (5) Elvis Andrus 1447
Toronto Tony Fernandez 1450 (30) Kevin Pillar 660
Washington Tim Wallach 1767 (2) Ryan Zimmerman 1609

Pete Rose not only is the all-time leader with the Reds, but with his time with the Phillies and Expos, he appeared in 3,562 games, the most of any player in the history of the game. 

All-Time Season G
Pete Rose 1963-1986(24) 3562
Carl Yastrzemski 1961-1983(23) 3308
Hank Aaron 1954-1976(23) 3298
Rickey Henderson 1979-2003(25) 3081
Ty Cobb 1905-1928(24) 3033
Eddie Murray 1977-1997(21) 3026
Stan Musial 1941-1963(22) 3026
Cal Ripken Jr. 1981-2001(21) 3001
Willie Mays 1951-1973(22) 2992
Barry Bonds 1986-2007(22) 2986
Dave Winfield 1973-1995(22) 2973
Omar Vizquel 1989-2012(24) 2968
Rusty Staub 1963-1985(23) 2951
Adrian Beltre 1998-2018(21) 2904
Brooks Robinson 1955-1977(23) 2896

Among active players, there are 14 players who have appeared in more than 1,800 games, led by Adrian Beltre with 2,904, and Albert Pujols with 2,688.

Current Season G
Adrian Beltre 1998-2018(21) 2904
Albert Pujols 2001-2018(18) 2688
Miguel Cabrera 2003-2018(16) 2264
Robinson Cano 2005-2018(14) 2046
Nick Markakis 2006-2018(13) 1967
Victor Martinez 2002-2018(16) 1953
Adrian Gonzalez 2004-2018(15) 1929
Chase Utley 2003-2018(16) 1919
Curtis Granderson 2004-2018(15) 1896
Brandon Phillips 2002-2017(16) 1893
Matt Holliday 2004-2018(15) 1880
Jose Reyes 2003-2018(16) 1859
Yadier Molina 2004-2018(15) 1845
Joe Mauer 2004-2018(15) 1827
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