Charlie Blackmon

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Biographical Information[edit]

Charlie Blackmon was drafted out of high school by the Florida Marlins in the 28th round of the 2004 amateur draft as a pitcher. Continuing on to college, he was drafted out of junior college by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2005 amateur draft as a pitcher. He transferred to Georgia Tech and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 2nd round of the 2008 amateur draft as an outfielder. He was signed by scout Alan Matthews and made his pro debut that summer.

On April 4, 2014, he tied a Rockies record by going 6 for 6 in a 12-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He had three doubles and a three-run homer, scored four runs and drove in five in the game. Andres Galarraga had been the only other player to get 6 hits in a game for Colorado, on July 3, 1995. By adding three more hits in a 9-4 win the next day, he tied another club record with 9 hits in two games, this one held by Juan Pierre since 2002. The hot start led to his being selected for the 2014 All-Star Game as he hit .288 with 19 homers and 72 RBIs, scoring 82 runs and stealing 28 bases while splitting his time between right field and center. He had another solid season in 2015, this time as a full-time centerfielder, when he played 157 games and hit .287 with 31 doubles, 9 triples and 17 homers. He scored a career-high 93 runs and stole 43 bases while being caught only 13 times.

After only 8 games in 2016, Charlie was placed on the disabled list on April 14th with "turf toe", sprained ligaments around the big toe's joint. he was back in the line-up on April 29th and having been at .185 at the time of the injury, began to hit better, even though it took a while for him to find his power stroke. That came at the end of May, when he led off the game of May 30th with a home run against the Cincinnati Reds, then did it again the next day against the same team. He was the first Rockies player to hit lead-off homers in back-to-back games, then he added a second homer in the homer in the game, which was also his first career grand slam as the Rockies tied a team record with 7 homers that day while demolishing the Reds, 17-4. It was Charlie's 500th career game, and the first of his homers was his 50th. In 143 games, he hit .324 with 29 doubles and 82 RBIs while scoring 111 runs. That performance earned him a Silver Slugger Award as one of the National League's best-hitting outfielders.

On April 21, 2017, he hit an inside-the-park homer in the 4th inning against the San Francisco Giants. In that same inning, teammate Trevor Story hit a grand slam, making it the first time a National League team had done this since 1950. He was named the National League Player of the Month for May after hitting .359 with 24 runs scored, 6 doubles, 5 triples, 6 homers and 29 RBI, as the Rockies were having the best start in team history.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 2-time NL All-Star (2014 & 2017)
  • NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2016)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2016)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 1 (2016)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Associated Press: "Complete with bushy beard and mullet, Blackmon leads Rockies", USA Today Sports, June 5, 2017. [1]

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