Charlie Blackmon

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Charlie Blackmon
Charlie Blackmon on June 3, 2014.jpg
Blackmon with the Colorado Rockies in 2014
Colorado Rockies – No. 19
Center fielder
Born: (1986-07-01) July 1, 1986 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through September 18, 2018)
Batting average .302
Home runs 138
Runs batted in 420
Stolen bases 127
Teams
Career highlights and awards

MLB records

  • RBIs by a leadoff hitter (103)

Charles Cobb Blackmon (born July 1, 1986), nicknamed "Chuck Nazty", is an American professional baseball center fielder for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He made his MLB debut on June 7, 2011, as a member of the Rockies. Blackmon throws and bats left-handed, stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m), and weighs 210 pounds (95 kg).

A native of Dallas, Texas, Blackmon attended the Georgia Institute of Technology, and played college baseball for the Yellow Jackets. The Rockies selected him in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. Blackmon is a three-time MLB All-Star and a Silver Slugger Award winner.

High school career[edit]

Born in Dallas, Texas, Blackmon is of partial English ancestry. Raised in Suwanee, Georgia, Blackmon was an outstanding baseball player at North Gwinnett High School, as a left-handed pitcher and outfielder. Aside from baseball, Blackmon also competed in basketball and football, and was named Academic Player of the Year three times.[1]

College career[edit]

Blackmon enrolled at Young Harris College, and played college baseball for the school as a pitcher for two years.[2] At Young Harris, Blackmon won 15 games and had 138 strikeouts in 127 innings for the school, and was drafted for the first time after his freshman season.[1]

Blackmon received a scholarship to Georgia Tech, and transferred in the fall of 2006.[3] Blackmon had been recruited by Georgia Tech after his freshman season, but returned to Young Harris for his sophomore season as he had promised the team he would play for two seasons. Blackmon continued to pitch until his fourth and final year at Georgia Tech, after redshirting due to elbow tendinitis. As a fourth-year junior outfielder for Georgia Tech, Blackmon hit .396, hit eight home runs, and stole 25 bases as the leadoff hitter for the team.[4] Blackmon also excelled academically, receiving various honors including being named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team.[5] He graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in finance.[6]

Professional career[edit]

Blackmon was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the second round of the 2008 Major League Baseball draft. Blackmon had first been drafted in the 28th round in the 2004 draft by the Florida Marlins as a pitcher, and was also drafted in the 2005 draft in the 20th round by the Boston Red Sox.[5] He spent 2008 with the Tri-City Dust Devils, hitting .338 in 68 games. In 2009, he was promoted to the Modesto Nuts, and hit .307 with 30 stolen bases in 133 games there. In 2010, he played for the Tulsa Drillers, and spent the first half of 2011 with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Colorado Rockies[edit]

2011–2016[edit]

The Colorado Rockies called Blackmon up to the majors for the first time on June 6, 2011.[7] Blackmon recorded his first MLB hit on June 8 at Petco Park against Dustin Moseley of the San Diego Padres with a one-out single to right field. He recorded his first MLB RBI on June 11 against Matt Guerrier of the Los Angeles Dodgers, driving in Seth Smith with a 1-out single. Blackmon hit his first MLB home run on July 1, 2011 − his 25th birthday − in a pinch hit at bat against Joakim Soria. He finished with a .255 AVG in 27 games.[citation needed]

The following two seasons, Blackmon spent the majority of the time between the Rockies and their AAA minor league team, as they didn't have playing time for him. After the 2013 season, the Rockies traded Dexter Fowler to the Houston Astros, thus creating an opening for Blackmon to win the center field job in 2014.

Entering the 2014 season, Blackmon was engaged in a competition for playing time in center field with Brandon Barnes, Corey Dickerson and Drew Stubbs.[8] In the Rockies' home opener on April 14, 2014, Blackmon notched six hits from the leadoff spot in a 12–2 win over Arizona Diamondbacks. He homered, doubled three times, and tallied five RBI.[9][10] He joined Ty Cobb (May 5, 1925), Jimmie Foxx (7/10/1932), Edgardo Alfonzo (August 30, 1999), and Shawn Green (May 23, 2002) as the only players in MLB history to have six hits, five RBI, and four extra base hits in a single game.[citation needed] Blackmon was named to the roster as a reserve for the National League in the 2014 MLB All-Star Game, the first selection of his career.[11] In his first full season in the majors, Blackmon finished with a .288 AVG, 28 stolen bases and 19 home runs. In 2015, despite a dropoff in the RBI section, Blackmon stole a career high 43 bases while continuing to hit for a high average.

On April 14, 2016, the Rockies placed Blackmon on the disabled list with turf toe.[12] He returned to the lineup a week later.[citation needed] For the week of June 20, 2016, Blackmon was named the NL Player of the week by MLB.[citation needed] At the conclusion of the 2016 regular season, Blackmon was awarded a Silver Slugger Award for the first time in his career. He finished with career highs in batting average, home runs, and RBIs.[citation needed]

2017–present[edit]

For the month of May 2017, Blackmon won his first MLB Player of the Month Award, for the National League. He led the NL in hits (42) and triples (five), was second in batting average (.359), fourth in runs scored (24), tied for fifth in RBI (22), and tied for seventh with a 1.037 on-base plus slugging (OPS).[13] He was selected to play in the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. He started in center field and batted leadoff.[14]

On September 29, 2017, Blackmon homered versus Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Los Angeles Dodgers to reach 102 RBI, surpassing Darin Erstad in 2000 for the major league record of RBI by a leadoff hitter in one season.[15][16] In 159 games of 2017, Blackmon lead the NL with a .331 batting average for his first batting title. He became the first player in history to lead the major leagues in hits (213), runs scored (137), triples (14), and total bases (383) in the same season.[17] He also hit 35 doubles, .399 OBP, .601 SLG, 1.000 OPS and stole 14 bases. The Rockies finished the year with an 87–75 record, clinching an NL Wild Card spot.[18] Blackmon was 5th in the 2017 NL MVP Voting after he was the NL batting champ and set an MLB record for the most RBIs by a leadoff hitter.

On April 4, 2018, Blackmon signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million.[19] Batting .276 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs, he was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Blackmon is a Christian. Blackmon has spoken about his faith saying, "The love that He has for me, even though I don’t deserve it. You know, that grace is something that I try to understand every day. But it’s hard to comprehend! I try and learn more about Him every day. And I just want to represent our God in what I do, on the field, how I treat people and what I’m thinking all the time also".[21] Blackmon is also in a Bible study group with the Rockies.[22]

Blackmon grew up as a fan of the Atlanta Braves.[3] Blackmon's father, Myron, was a track and field athlete at Georgia Tech.[4]

In 2016, Denver 7 reported that Blackmon, despite his Major League salary, drove the same 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee to spring training every day that he drove to school every morning as a high school senior.[23]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Charlie Blackmon Bio". RamblinWreck.com. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  2. ^ https://www.denverpost.com/2018/04/15/evolution-rockies-all-star-charlie-blackmon/
  3. ^ a b "Charlie Blackmon" Archived June 23, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Cotuit Kettleers website
  4. ^ a b Jack Etkin (May 18, 2014). "Charlie Blackmon worked hard to get to where he is". Sports on Earth. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team
  6. ^ "Charlie Blackmon | LinkedIn" Charlie Blackmon | LinkedIn
  7. ^ Gleeman, Aaron (June 6, 2011). "Rockies to put Dexter Fowler on DL, call up Charlie Blackmon". NBC Sports Hardball Talk. Retrieved September 20, 2017. 
  8. ^ McKinley, Eric (January 5, 2015). "How much playing time did Charlie Blackmon's 6-hit game buy?". Fansided Roxpile. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  9. ^ Saunders, Patrick (April 7, 2017). "Top 5 home openers in Rockies history". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  10. ^ Corcoran, Cliff (April 5, 2014). "Charlie Blackmon compiles first 6-for-6 game in NL in 5 years; Rockies crush D-backs". Sports illustrated. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  11. ^ Harding, Thomas (July 6, 2014). "Troy Tulowitzki, Charlie Blackmon to represent Rockies at All-Star Game". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  12. ^ Heaney, Tim (April 14, 2016). "Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon's turf toe kicks him to DL". USA Today. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 
  13. ^ Saunders, Patrick (June 2, 2017). "Rockies' Charlie Blackmon, Greg Holland honored as National League's best in May". The Denver Post. Retrieved June 19, 2017. 
  14. ^ Saunders, Patrick (July 10, 2017). "Rockies' Charlie Blackmon thrilled be leading off for National League in All-Star Game". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  15. ^ "MLB notes: Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon breaks RBI record for a leadoff batter". Los Angeles Times. Associated Press. September 29, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017. 
  16. ^ Lott, Thomas (September 29, 2017). "Charlie Blackmon sets MLB record for RBIs by leadoff hitter". The Sporting News. Retrieved September 30, 2017. 
  17. ^ Thornburg, Chad (October 1, 2017). "League leaders: Stanton, Judge, Altuve soar". MLB.com. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  18. ^ Groke, Nick (October 1, 2017). "Rockies' attention quickly turns to a postseason roster for a wild-card matchup at Arizona". The Denver Post. Retrieved October 3, 2017. 
  19. ^ "Rockies sign Charlie Blackmon to six year extension worth $108 million". MLB. Retrieved April 4, 2018. 
  20. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/three-rockies-named-to-all-star-team/c-284826748
  21. ^ "Grit and Gratitude Carry Baseball All-Star Charlie Blackmon". 
  22. ^ "Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon credits road Bible studies in building team chemistry". 
  23. ^ Andersen, Arran (March 15, 2016). "Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon can't say goodbye to his pride and joy". Denver 7. Retrieved June 7, 2016. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ryan Zimmerman
National League
Player of the Month

May 2017
Succeeded by
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