"He came out here and worked out right after the Draft, and I went upstairs to talk to Dan and said, 'Where is this kid going?'" Weiss said. "He said, 'Modesto.' I said, 'Does he have to go there?'
"I was serious. I said, 'Can we keep this kid? He's that good.' He made that kind of an impression on me right away. He's a very unique talent."
Tulowitzki entered Sunday's game against the Cubs hitting .338. Had he not missed 25 games with a broken rib and dropped below the threshold of plate appearances per game to be eligible for the batting title, he would have been No. 1 in the National League.
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