MLB announced today that Colorado Rockies first baseman C. J. Cron has been named the National League Player of the Week.
In five games during series against the Cubs and Marlins, Cron slashed .556/.636/1.278 with nine runs scored, 10 hits, one double, four home runs, 16 RBI and three walks. For a Rockies team that has spent most of 2021 desperate for significant offense, Cron’s play last week provided a hopeful catalyst for the rest of the Rockies’ season.
On Sunday, Cron hit a grand slam and boasted a career-best seven RBI, the most by a Rockies player since Trevor Story in May 2019.
He also became the first player in franchise history to hit three grand slams in a single season.
After the game, Cron gave some thoughts on his performance:
Against the Marlins, Cron earned 13 RBI, tying him with Hall of Famer Larry Walker (April 27-29, 1999) for the most in a three-game series in franchise history. In addition, Cron became the first Major Leaguer since RBI became an official statistic in 1920 to log at least eight runs and 13 RBI in a three-game set.
Bud Black told media last week that the Rockies were exploring the possibility of extending Cron’s contract.
In addition to Cron’s performance, MLB highlighted Sam Hilliard (.421, 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Trevor Story (.478, 8 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) as having “noteworthy NL performances last week.”