Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki knows how important he is to the team’s success. He has played 150 games or more twice in his career, in 2007 and 2009, and the team made the playoffs both seasons.
In 126 games in 2013, a relatively healthy season in his career unfortunately, Tulo was still a 5.6 fWAR player. He posted a .312/.391/.540 slash line and continued to play superior defense. But with the Rockies coming off two last place finishes in a row, the team is approaching a crossroads.
In order for things to get back on track, Tulo knows he has to stay healthy (quotes from the Denver Post):
I have been here the longest out of anyone in a Rockies uniform. At the same time, I am not Todd Helton. I am who I am. What I do is good enough. I just have to be myself and encourage these young guys and maintain a solid work ethic…I have to stay on the field. I want that more than anything. Some things you can’t control. But I know I have done everything to prepare.”
While the Rockies have Tulowitzki under control through the year 2020, the back-loading of his deal makes it such that the franchise might face a decision with him sooner than that if they do not start finding more success. Tulowitzki’s health will be a key component of any such success, in 2014 and beyond.