It was ten years ago today that a 24-year-old Charlie Blackmon made his MLB debut against the San Diego Padres. Blackmon, playing left field and batting seventh, would go 0-for-3 in a 0-2 loss to Bud Black’s Friars. He’d be making up-and-down trips from then Triple-A affiliate Colorado Springs for the next couple seasons but June 7th, 2011 would be the beginning of what has become a long and successful career for the man who’d come to be known as Chuck Nazty.
The four time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger Charlie Blackmon has now played in parts of eleven seasons and is the second-longest tenured Rockies player of all-time next to Todd Helton. In those ten years he’s gone from playing with Helton and Troy Tulowitzki to playing with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story. His consistency has transcended Rockies eras and become synonymous with the Colorado Rockies.
He’s nearly top ten in every Rockies franchise category including: third in games played, fourth in runs scored (three shy of passing CarGo), third in hits (two shy of passing Larry Walker), second in triples (five shy of passing Dexter Fowler) and second in stolen bases. Now at 34-years-old and with two more seasons under player options with the Rockies, it’s not unthinkable that he could finish his career in Colorado and continue to climb the franchise leaderboards.
Along with rocking the best beard in sports, he’s one of the few active players in all of baseball to hit over .300 across ten seasons. His career is highlighted by one of the best single-seasons in Rockies and MLB history in 2017 when he won the NL batting title and became the first player to lead the major leagues in hits, runs scored, triples and total bases in the same season. He would finish fifth in that year’s MVP voting.
Some incredible on-field moments:
As good as he’s been on the field, he’s been just as fun off of it. His social medias show off the fun personality that has made him an all-time fan favorite.
Some fun off-the-field moments:
Hey @PandaExpress, when are you going to change the name of your broccoli beef to “just broccoli”? You aren’t fooling me anymore.— Charlie Blackmon (@Chuck_Nazty) November 14, 2019
This collection of moments feels like a pretty accurate representation of what we’ve been fortunate enough to experience with Charlie Blackmon. His positive energy, passion for the game and now veteran leadership have been invaluable during what has otherwise been a largely tumultuous decade.
He’s still got a lot of baseball left in him but when it comes to that time for him to hang it up, it can be rest assured that Charlie Blackmon’s legacy will be that he played the game he loved in his own way, the Chuck Nazty way. (Please click the link, you won’t regret it)
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In an insightful interview with Patrick Saunders, interim General Manager Bill Schmidt gives his thoughts on where the Rockies might be headed. Saunders reports that sources have told The Post that Trevor Story does not intend to re-sign with the Rockies. Despite this, Schmidt believes it’s not a forgone conclusion that they will trade Story or Jon Gray. Schmidt reveals that teams have reached out to express interest in Story but that there is nothing to talk about. Schmidt also believes the team is close to turning the corner and explains some stats to prove his point.
It’s an interesting read into how Bill Schmidt sees things.
Early this season, the Rockies were one of the first teams to be fully vaccinated. It allowed clubhouse and dugout restrictions to be loosened, allowing some normalcy after last years strict protocols. Nick Groke takes a look at how the Rockies were able to rally together and get everyone vaccinated. Groke reports that the team made it a focus to educate players and their families on the pros and cons of the vaccine by bringing in physicians to speak to them. The Rockies are now working on getting their minor leaguers vaccinated as well.
More Chuck talk!
The folks at Rox Pile take a look at which statistical category Charlie Blackmon can possibly take the all-time franchise lead in. (Hint: He’s up against Todd Helton in just about every category)
On the farm
In Albuquerque, the Isotopes lost a high scoring affair to the Aviators. Taylor Motter, Brian Serven and Sam Hilliard each had a 2-for-5 night. Hilliard hit a triple in the second inning that was followed up by a Serven double for one of his two RBIs on the day. Starter Brandon Gold gave up four earned runs in five innings but it was reliever Heath Holder who was charged with the loss when he came in the sixth and allowed four runs on two hits and two walks in just 1⁄3 of an inning.
Double-A: Hartford Yard Goats 13, Bowie Baysox 11
The Hartford Yard Goats walked-off the Bowie Baysox on a Javier Guevara two-run home run in the ninth. That was just one of two bombs Guevara hit and part of the team’s five home run explosion yesterday. 1B/DH Sean Bouchard hit one in the sixth as part of his 2-for-4 day that included scoring three runs. He’s now slashing .297/.360/.527. Starter Matt Dennis had a day to forget, giving up ten earned runs in just four innings.
The pitching staff of the Spokane Indians led the way to the win last night by holding the Dust Devils to just three runs on nine hits. Starter Nick Bush allowed three runs but struck out nine batters with only one walk in just 5 1⁄3 innings. The bullpen then came in and shut down Tri-City limiting them to just two hits for the remainder of the game. The Spokane offense also stuffed the stat sheet with four different players recording multi-hit games. They had some help from the Dust Devils pitching staff that gifted them nine walks. Impressively, the Indians scored eight runs despite hitting 2-for-15 with RISP.
The Fresno Grizzlies either put on a plate discipline clinic or the Visalia Rawhide pitching staff were just incredibly wild. The Grizzlies scored seven runs on just three hits but ten walks. Shortstop Ezequiel Tovar went 1-for-3 with a walk to raise his OPS to .761. Second baseman Mateo Gil went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. Starter Will Ethridge gave up three earned runs in six innings and now has a 2.56 ERA through six starts.
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