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. On September 29th, a two-run homer in the 2nd inning of a 9-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers gave him 101 as a leadoff hitter, beating the previous record of 100 set by Darin Erstad with the 2000 Anaheim Angels. He added another RBI later in the game and finished the year with 104 RBIs. His 86 extra-base hits also constituted the NL record for a lead-off hitter and he was the league batting champion at .331, to go along with 137 runs, 213 hits and 14 triples, all league-leading totals. He was named the winner of a Silver Slugger Award for the second straight year. The Rockies made the postseason for the first time since 2010, traveling to Arizona to face the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Wild Card Game on October 4. In his first taste of the postseason, he went 0 for 4 with a sacrifice hit and an RBI as the Rockies lost the game, 11-8.

On January 12, 2018, he signed a one-year deal with the Rockies worth $14 million, avoiding salary arbitration. He was slated to become a free agent after the season, but on April 4th, he signed a four-year contract extension with options for two more seasons, a package worth up to $108 million. His decision to remain with Rockies was made easier in light of the poor free agent market in the off-season that had just concluded, which did not bode well for a player like him given that he was already past 30 and that all of his numbers had been achieved in a hitter-friendly environment. He returned to the All-Star Game that season, and while his numbers were down from his outstanding 2017 season, he still led the National League in runs scored as the Rockies returned to the postseason. On the final day of the regular season, on September 30th, with Colorado needing a win to have a chance at the first [[[division title]] in team history, he had a great day, hitting for the cycle to lead his team to a crushing 12-0 win over the Washington Nationals. That set up a one-game playoff against the Los Angeles Dodgers for the next day, with the winner being crowned division title, and the loser headed to the Wild Card Game.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 3-time NL All-Star (2014, 2017 & 2018)
  • 2-time NL Silver Slugger Award Winner (2016 & 2017)
  • NL Batting Average Leader (2017)
  • 2-time NL Runs Scored Leader (2017 & 2018)
  • NL Hits Leader (2017)
  • NL Total Bases Leader (2017)
  • NL Triples Leader (2017)
  • 20-Home Run Seasons: 3 (2016-2018)
  • 30-Home Run Seasons: 1 (2017)
  • 100 Runs Scored Seasons: 3 (2016-2018)
  • 100 RBI Seasons: 1 (2017)
  • 200 Hits Seasons: 1 (2017)

Further Reading[edit]

  • Associated Press: "Complete with bushy beard and mullet, Blackmon leads Rockies", USA Today Sports, June 5, 2017. [1]
  • Joe Posnanski: "Split personality? Blackmon having historic year: Center fielder leaving fans light-headed with incredibly strong season",, August 11, 2017. [2]
  • Tracy Ringolsby: "Q&A: Blackmon a late-blooming ex-pitcher: Rockies star didn't begin playing OF until final season in college",, January 13, 2018. [3]

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