Charlie Blackmon

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.

Charlie Blackmon
Charlie Blackmon on June 3, 2014
Blackmon with the Colorado Rockies in 2014
Colorado Rockies – No. 19
Outfielder
Born: July 1, 1986 (age 32)
Dallas, Texas
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
June 7, 2011, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through June 21, 2019)
Batting average.305
Home runs158
Runs batted in474
Stolen bases129
Teams
Career highlights and awards

MLB records

  • RBIs by a leadoff hitter (103)
  • Most hits in a 4 game series (15)

Amateur career

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]

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

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

2011–2016

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.

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. 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. For the week of June 20, 2016, Blackmon was named the NL Player of the week by MLB. 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.

2017–present

For May 2017, Blackmon won his first NL Player of the Month Award. 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, starting in center field and batting leadoff.[14] Blackmon set an MLB record for the most RBIs by a leadoff hitter when he homered versus Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers on September 29 to reach 102 RBI, surpassing Darin Erstad's record set in 2000.[15][16]

In 159 games played during 2017, Blackmon lead the NL with a .331 batting average for the 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 fifth in 2017 NL MVP voting.[19]

On April 4, 2018, Blackmon signed a six-year contract extension worth $108 million.[20] Batting .276 with 17 home runs and 40 RBIs, he was named to the 2018 MLB All-Star Game.[21] On September 30, he hit for the cycle against the Washington Nationals.[22] In 2018 he batted .291/.358/.502.

Personal life

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".[23] Blackmon is also in a Bible study group with the Rockies.[24]

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.[25]

See also

References

  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. ^ "2017 Awards Voting". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  20. ^ "Rockies sign Charlie Blackmon to six year extension worth $108 million". MLB. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  21. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/three-rockies-named-to-all-star-team/c-284826748
  22. ^ Harding, Thomas (September 30, 2018). "Blackmon 1st to get cycle in Game 162". MLB.com. Retrieved September 30, 2018.
  23. ^ "Grit and Gratitude Carry Baseball All-Star Charlie Blackmon".
  24. ^ "Colorado Rockies' Charlie Blackmon credits road Bible studies in building team chemistry".
  25. ^ 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
Andrew McCutchen
Preceded by
Christian Yelich
Hitting for the cycle
September 30, 2018
Succeeded by
Brock Holt
2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 85th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, held at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the home of the Minnesota Twins. This was the third All-Star Game played in the Twin Cities; Metropolitan Stadium hosted the game in 1965, while the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome hosted the game in 1985. It was televised in the United States on Fox as part of a new eight-year deal. In preparation for the game the Twin Cities' transit company, MetroTransit, completed the new METRO Green Line light-rail between downtown Minneapolis and downtown Saint Paul, and began service on June 14, 2014.

2017 Colorado Rockies season

The 2017 Colorado Rockies season was the franchise's 25th in Major League Baseball. It was the 23rd season the Rockies played their home games at Coors Field. Bud Black became the new Rockies Manager after the resignation of Walt Weiss. Black in his first season was a finalist for the Manager-of-the -year award. The Rockies finished the season 87–75 in third place in the National League West Division, 17 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers. They did, however, receive the second wild card spot in the National League and advanced to the playoffs for the first time since 2009. In the Wild Card Game, they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 88th edition of the Major League Baseball All Star Game. The game was hosted by the Miami Marlins and was played at Marlins Park on July 11, 2017. It was televised nationally by Fox. The game was the first since 2002 whose outcome did not determine home-field advantage for the World Series; instead, the team with the better regular-season record will have home-field advantage. The Marlins were announced as the hosts on February 10, 2015, by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred; the game was the Marlins' first time hosting, leaving the Tampa Bay Rays as the only MLB franchise not to have hosted an All-Star game.

The Marlins initially were slated to host the 2000 All-Star Game, prior to having it revoked by then-National League president Len Coleman due to the concerns of both the franchise's long-term viability in the South Florida market, along with the habitually low attendance figures at Pro Player Stadium. That game was eventually moved to Turner Field in Atlanta.

The American League won, 2–1, in 10 innings. Robinson Canó, second baseman for the Seattle Mariners, hit the game winning home run for the American League and was named the 2017 All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.

2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby

The 2017 Major League Baseball Home Run Derby was a home run hitting contest between eight batters from Major League Baseball (MLB). The derby was held on July 10, 2017, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida, the site of the 2017 MLB All-Star Game. On July 5, the participants were announced. Aaron Judge won, becoming the first rookie to win the event outright.

2017 Major League Baseball season

The 2017 Major League Baseball season began on April 2, 2017 with three games, including the 2016 World Series champions Chicago Cubs facing off against the St. Louis Cardinals, and ended on October 1. The postseason began on October 3. The 2017 World Series began October 24 and Game 7 was played on November 1, in which the Houston Astros defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers in seven games, to capture their first World Series championship in franchise history.

The 88th Major League Baseball All-Star Game was held on July 11 at Marlins Park, the home of the Miami Marlins. For the first time since 2002 when the game ended in a tie, the All Star Game did not determine home field advantage for the World Series. Instead, home field advantage was awarded to the team with the better regular season record. The American League won 2–1 in 10 innings.

2018 National League Wild Card Game

The 2018 National League Wild Card Game was a play-in game during Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2018 postseason between the National League's two wild card teams, the Colorado Rockies and the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs earned home field advantage by virtue of having a better regular season record. The game occurred on October 2, 2018, with the Rockies victorious by a score of 2–1 in 13 innings—the longest winner-take-all game in MLB postseason history. The Rockies advanced to face the Milwaukee Brewers in the National League Division Series.

For sponsorship reasons with Hankook Tire the game was formally known as the National League Wild Card Game presented by Hankook Tire.

2019 Colorado Rockies season

The 2019 Colorado Rockies season is the franchise's 27th in Major League Baseball. It is their 25th season at Coors Field. Bud Black returned as Manager for his 3rd season in 2019. Before the season began Black was officially offered a 3-year contract extension deal that would see him remain Manager till the 2022 season.

2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game is the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. The game will be hosted by the Cleveland Indians and is scheduled to be played at Progressive Field on July 9, 2019.The decision to name Cleveland the host city was announced on January 27, 2017 by Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. It will be the sixth All-Star Game in Cleveland, and the first since 1997; this will establish the Indians as the team to have hosted the most All-Star Games, breaking a four-way tie with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds, who have each hosted the game five times. It is also the first time since 2014 that an American League team has hosted the event. This All-Star Game will also coincide with the 25th anniversary of Progressive Field and make it the second All-Star Game hosted by that ballpark. Alex Cora of the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox will manage the American League, and Dave Roberts of the Los Angeles Dodgers will manage the National League for the second consecutive year.

Blackmon

Blackmon is an English surname. Notable people with the surname include:

Charlie Blackmon (born 1986), American baseball outfielder

Don Blackmon (born 1958), American football coach player

Douglas A. Blackmon (born 1964), American writer and Pulitzer Prize winner

Edafe Blackmon (born 1971), African-American actor

Evelyn Blackmon (1924-2014), American politician

Fred L. Blackmon (1873-1921), American politician

James Blackmon, Sr. (born 1964), American basketball coach and player

James Blackmon, Jr. (born 1995), American basketball player

Julie Blackmon (born 1966), American photographer

Justin Blackmon (born 1990), American football wide receiver

Larry Blackmon (born 1956), American musician

Robert Blackmon (born 1967), American football safety

Roosevelt Blackmon (born 1974), American football cornerback

Tray Blackmon (born 1985), Canadian football linebacker

Will Blackmon (born 1984), American football playerFictional characters:

Mars Blackmon, character portrayed by Spike Lee in his film She's Gotta Have It and several Air Jordan commercials that he directed.

Christian Yelich

Christian Stephen Yelich (born December 5, 1991) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Miami Marlins. Yelich was drafted out of Westlake high school by the Marlins in the 1st round (23rd overall) of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed. He is one of four players in Brewers history to win the Major League Baseball Most Valuable Player Award.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

Colorado Rockies all-time roster

This list is complete and up-to-date as of December 31, 2014.The following is a list of players, both past and current, who appeared at least in one game for the Colorado Rockies franchise.

List of Major League Baseball career slugging percentage leaders

In baseball statistics, slugging percentage (SLG) is a measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats. Unlike batting average, slugging percentage gives more weight to extra-base hits with doubles, triples, and home runs, relative to singles. Walks are specifically excluded from this calculation, as a plate appearance that ends in a walk is not counted as an at bat.

Babe Ruth is the all-time leader with a career slugging percentage of .6897. Ted Williams (.6338), Lou Gehrig (.6324), Jimmie Foxx (.6093), Barry Bonds (.6069), and Hank Greenberg (.6050) are the only other players with a career slugging percentage over .600.

List of people from Dallas

The following is a list of notable people who were born, or who have lived a significant portion of their lives, in Dallas, Texas (US).

Major League Baseball Player of the Week Award

The Player of the Week award is a Major League Baseball award named by each of the American and National Leagues each week of the regular season.

Modesto Nuts

The Modesto Nuts are a minor league baseball team in Modesto, California, United States. They are a Class A – Advanced team in the California League and a farm team of the Seattle Mariners. The Modesto Nuts play home games at John Thurman Field. Opened in 1955 and renovated in 1997, the park seats over 5,000 fans (including standing room only). In March 2007, the City of Modesto installed a new video scoreboard and made improvements to the infield playing surface.

The Nuts adopted their current name in 2005, after the team's affiliation with the Oakland Athletics ended. Before then, the team was known as the Modesto Athletics (or A's). The new name was chosen to reflect the several types of nuts that are grown in the region.

North Gwinnett High School

North Gwinnett High School is a public high school outside the city limits of Suwanee, Georgia, United States. It is part of the district Gwinnett County Public Schools. The superintendent of the district is J. Alvin Wilbanks and the school's principal is Nathan Ballantine.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Tulsa Drillers

The Tulsa Drillers are a minor league baseball team based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers major-league club.

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