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What if Troy Tulowitzki had never been traded?

DENVER, CO – JUNE 28: Troy Tulowitzki #2 of the Toronto Blue Jays throws to first base for an out in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on June 28, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. The Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Colorado Rockies 14-9. (Photo by Bart Young/Getty Images)

As I watched another episode of Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle” last night and (spoiler alert) its look at alternate histories and multiple universes potentially existing at the same time, and then the new Avengers trailer coming out this morning, I thought about what the Colorado Rockies might look like if a franchise-changing trade hadn’t happened back in 2015.

Of course, Colorado Rockies fans know the trade I was thinking about, being the deal that sent Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for pitching prospects Jeff Hoffman, Jesus Tinoco and Miguel Castro, as well as a shortstop who doesn’t deserve to have his name mentioned in this article.

It was a deal that surprised many Rockies fans as well as fans around Major League Baseball. Tulo was suddenly gone and Colorado was looking for who would take his place in the lineup and in the field.

As we know, it didn’t take long to find that person. Trevor Story came into the picture after the other shortstop who shall not be named found himself in legal trouble. Story has since become a Silver Slugger winner, one of the most feared hitters in the National League and a shortstop who sets the standard for his NL peers.

As for Tulowitzki, he was once again in the news this week … and it was once again for injuries. It’s possible he won’t be Toronto’s starting shortstop to begin the 2019 campaign, bringing up questions about just how much longer his career might be.

So what if? What if the Rockies had not traded Troy Tulowitzki on that fateful July day? What might that alternate universe look like? Here’s what it might have been like…

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