Troy Tulowitzki's rookie season was anything but ordinary.
After starting the 2007 season in an 0-for-22 slump, the 23-year-old shortstop ended up batting .291 with 24 home runs and 99 RBIs for a Rockies club that won 21 of their final 22 games and captured the franchise's first NL pennant.
"It means a lot when you go back and look at it, but the biggest thing for me is making it to the World Series. That was a team effort," Tulowitzki told MLBPLAYERS.com in the latest Players Talk show. "The individual things will take care of itself and maybe when I'm done with this game and retire, I'll look at those things a little more, but right now I'm looking to improve my game and just looking forward to winning more games with the Rockies."
As impressive as his offensive stats were, Tulowitzki also quickly earned the respect of his peers with his defense at shortstop. He led all Major League shortstops in fielding percentage (.987), assists (561) and double plays (114).
Tulowitzki finished second to the Brewers' Ryan Braun in the NL Rookie of the Year balloting.
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