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All-Time Lineups: Best of NL '90s expansion

By July 19, 2012

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The next batch of All-Time Lineups in the ongoing series are the two most recent expansion additions to the National League: The Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Rockies have a five-year head start, having been formed in 1993. The Diamondbacks followed in 1998, and won a championship just three years later. The Rockies have won one pennant, in 2007.

And this is an interesting matchup in that the Diamondbacks have a clear pitching advantage, and the Rockies are clearly the better hitting team. You can blame Coors Field for that.

Remember, this is the best player at each position in any one season, not a career record. Click through to check out the full lineups, rotations and arguments for the Rockies and Diamondbacks:

Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. RF Justin Upton (2011, .289, 31 HR, 88 RBI)
  2. 2B Jay Bell (1999, .289-38-112)
  3. LF Luis Gonzalez (2001, .325-57-142)
  4. 3B Matt Williams (1999, .303-35-142)
  5. 1B Tony Clark (2006, .304-30-87)
  6. CF Steve Finley (2000, .280-35-96)
  7. SS Stephen Drew (2008, .291-21-67)
  8. C Miguel Montero (2011, .282-18-86)
  9. P Randy Johnson (2002, 24-5, 2.32 ERA)

Colorado Rockies

  1. 2B Eric Young (1996, .324-8-74-53 SB)
  2. CF Ellis Burks (1997, .290-32-82)
  3. 1B Todd Helton (2000, .372-42-147)
  4. RF Larry Walker (1997, .366-49-130)
  5. LF Matt Holliday (2007, .340-36-137)
  6. 3B Vinny Castilla (1998, .319-46-144)
  7. SS Troy Tulowitzki (2010, .315-27-95)
  8. C Jeff Reed (1997, .297-17-47)
  9. P Ubaldo Jimenez (2010, 19-8, 2.88 ERA)

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