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Rockies’ Blackmon and Arenado each making a strong case for MVP

Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, September 20

Rockies' Charlie Blackmon reaches 200 hits |

Nolan Arenado's MVP hopes the past few seasons have been hampered by the Rockies inability to put a contender on the field. This season, that barricade is finally gone. However, one of Arenado's own teammates may be standing in the way and it's one that no one would have predicted before the season began. Blackmon hit another milestone last night with his 200th hit and added two more lead-off RBI to the NL record at the same time.

Nolan Arenado or Charlie Blackmon: Who is Colorado Rockies (or NL) MVP | ESPN

David Schoenfield tries to figure out who is the better MVP candidate among the two Rockies candidates. Right now, the race is close enough that their individual performances as well as that of the Rockies will determine if one of them wins the NL MVP award.

Mike Schmidt on hitting |

Mike Schmidt was on MLB Network for a couple of segments last night and talked about a lot of awesome things. This second segment was focused on his approach at the plate before turning to discussion about Schmidt's favorite active player, Nolan Arenado. For a player who was as great as Schmidt talk about how Nolan will most likely become the greatest third baseman of all time, it's a good reminder of how special a player we get to watch every day.

Greg Holland pitching for Rockies’ playoff spot and his next contract | The Denver Post

Despite what the title says, the quotes from Holland paint the picture of a man completely focused on getting the Rockies into the playoffs. If he does, the next contract will take care of itself. Whether that's with the Rockies or not will be an interesting question this next offseason. If it's not, the Rockies will probably gain a compensation pick after the first round of the next draft.