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Rockies’ Trevor Story hits longest home run in Coors Field history

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Trevor Story hits longest home run in history of Coors Field | Mile High Sports
In an All-Star 2018 season, Trevor Story has had his best season in the big leagues so far. Some could even make the case that he’s entering the conversation for being among the Most Valuable Player finalists in the National League. Story took his game to an even higher level on Wednesday evening against the San Francisco Giants. It was a three-home run game for Story, and the second of the three blasts was historic.

Measuring 505 feet, Story’s second home run was the longest ever hit at Coors Field. This broke the old record of 504 feet set by Giancarlo Stanton in 2017. At only 25 years old, Story is establishing a name for himself as one of the premier players in the league. Rich Kurtzman of Mile High Sports provides all the details.

Colorado Rockies: Nolan Arenado needs sizzling September for MVP shot | Rox Pile
After a rough month of August, Nolan Arenado has seen his case for winning the NL MVP take a big hit. However, there isn’t one clear player in the NL that looks like he’ll sweep the first-place balloting. Matt Carpenter, Freddie Freeman, and Javier Baez are all having excellent campaigns, and the elite level of play from starting pitchers Jacob deGrom, Max Scherzer, and Aaron Nola will come into play as well. For Arenado to establish himself as one of the leading front-runners, he will need to catch fire down the stretch. Arenado’s slash line already sits at .297/.379/.550, which is great. Improving upon those numbers with a hot September is a definite possibility. Combining a month of punishing opposing pitchers on offense with Arenado’s ever-present defensive wizardry would catapult the Rockies’ third baseman towards the top of many an MVP ballot, as Rox Pile’s Colin Gaiser writes.

Carlos González was waiting for the September ride to start and now he’s ready to “push the pedal” | The Athletic ($)
Carlos González saves some of his best hitting for the month of September. After struggling to keep his OPS above .700 in the month of April, CarGo has seen his numbers improve as the season has worn on. González came through with a couple key hits in the Rockies’ series sweep of the Giants, but found himself getting into the habit of focusing on the negative on Tuesday. After starting Tuesday’s game 0-for-3, CarGo had to remind himself to keep his head up. And then he came through with a bases-loaded triple.

Manager Bud Black has never lost faith in González, telling Nick Groke of The Athletic, “With all veteran players, there’s a poise and a confidence in their ability to get it done.” For CarGo, September is when baseball is at its most fun. While making sure to note that he and his teammates mustn’t give at-bats away by trying to get ahead, González also wants the team to “push the pedal and leave it all out there.”