Blackmon 4 MVP

By Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard | 8.14.2017

Believe it or not, sometimes it’s hard to be noticed in the rocky mountain outpost of major league baseball. The Colorado Rockies are chasing down their post season appearance since 2009 and they are doing it behind a centerfielder having one of the best seasons in baseball.

Simply put, Rockies centerfielder Charlie Blackmon is having a career year.  Yeah you can always default to the  ‘he plays at altitude’ argument but in this case that argument doesn’t hold up. Away from Coors Field he is hitting .288 with 10 HR’s, 35 RBI’s, with 12 doubles and a .330 OBP.  Those are quality numbers for any leadoff hitter at any park.

In a nutshell, these are his National League stats through August 12th:

1st in runs: 105 | 1st in hits: 159 | 1st in triples: 13 | 2nd in batting average: .338 | 3rd in slugging: .618 | 6th in homeruns: 27 | 11th in OBP: 3.94 |15th in RBI: 74

While most people point to Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for MVP and for valid reasons. Not only is Arenado one of the top 5 position players in all of baseball but he is also leading baseball in RBI’s and pretty much ranks in the top 10 across all the important offensive categories in the National League.

But let’s be honest, Arenado only has 100 + RBI’s because Blackmon is on base in front of him.

 

Blackmon has been a solid player for the Rockies for a few seasons but he was usually overshadowed by former shorstop Troy Tulowitzki and current right fielder Carlos Gonzalez not to mention Arenado. He overshadowed so much that a year ago the Washington Nationals made a run at acquiring the centerfielder. The Rockies didn’t pull the trigger and now that seems like one of the better decisions any franchise has made.

While there are several quality candidates for NL MVP none of them have gone as above and beyond as Blackmon has. From his hitting to his speed to his play in the vast outfield of Coors Field, Blackmon has proven himself to be MVP material.

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THE SUNDAY: Tributes and Exits

Compiled by Brad Hubbard | @bradhubbard


Passing

With the passing of Tennessee Women’s head coach Pat Summitt this week, former players have been telling fantastic stories and paying tribute to the late coach. Players like Candace Parker who is considered by many to be one if not the best players to ever come out of Tennessee.

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Buddy Ryan, former NFL head coach, architect of the infamous ’85 Chicago Bears defense and father to current Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan passed away on the same day as Summitt. Ryan created the ’46’ defense which was actually named after the strong safety. It was explained in Tim Layden’s book ‘Blood, Sweat and Chalk’. 

 

Upset

Serena didn’t like that racket.

Then later in the week American Sam Querrey defeated world #1 Novak Djokovic.

How Not To Celebrate

Montreal Alouttes Duron Carter (son of NFL Hall of Famer Cris Carter) celebrated his amazing touchdown catch by knocking down the Ottawa RedBlacks head coach. A may lay ensued.

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The Al’s have fined the receiver and the CFL is set to leave punishment Monday or Tuesday. It will be tough for the Al’s since they lost their other top receiver SJ Green for the season during the same game.

This Week in Baseball

Troy Tulowitzki returned to Coors Field on Monday to a standing ovation. He then struck out looking.

The next night the Blue Jays and Rockies were delayed for some three hours due to a hail storm that passed through the Denver metro area.

Chicago Cubs superstar Kris Bryant had a helluva game this week. How is 5-for-5 with three homers and two doubles sound?

 

Brexit

While the British people voted to exit from the European Union, the men’s national team did their own version of a Brexit from the EURO 2016. They were knocked out of the tournament by Iceland in a match that was never close. The most entertaining part was  ESPN announcers Ian Darke and Steve McManaman absolutely ripping the England side. Manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the match.

What To Watch: Fri. 5/13 – Sun. 5/15

All times are Pacific.

Friday May 13th

DC United vs NY Red Bulls – 4pm UNI MAS: These are separated by goal differential only. While that may not mean much in mid-May, add in the fact that this is a pretty decent rivalry and you have the makings of a solid game.

Pittsburgh Penguins at Tampa Bay Lightning – 5pm NBCSN: The conference finals are finally here and both these teams are as hot as they get.

WadeToronto Raptors at Miami Heat – 5pm ESPN: Dwayne Wade and the Heat look to force a game seven back in Toronto on Sunday and prove that he and the Heat can win clutch playoff games without LeBron.

Saturday May 14th

Montreal Impact vs Philadelphia Union – 2pm MLS.TV: These two are, surprisingly, neck-and-neck in the East.

New York Mets at Colorado Rockies – 5pm MLB.TV: The NL East leading Mets take on Nolan Arenado and the Rockies. Rockies pitching at home is terrible but they still have plenty of firepower in the lineup.

UFC 198 – 7pm PPV: Heavyweight title fight between Fabricio Werdum and Stipe Miocic in Brazil. Jacare vs Vitor Belfort and Shogun Rua vs up and comer Corey Anderson. Oh yeah, Cyborg makes her UFC debut against Leslie Smith. Demian Maia vs Matt Brown headlines the undercard.

Sunday May 15th

Miami Heat at Toronto Raptors – 12:30pm ABC: Game seven up north and the Air Canada Centre should be rocking.

Amgen Tour of California – 2pm NBCSN: Stage one of the biggest race in the USA. Peter Sagan returns to defend the race he won by a smidgen last year.

Portland Timbers vs NYCFC – 4:30pm FS1: Let’s see how Mix Diskerud and David Villa do in the toughest road environment in MLS where the forecast calls for rain. It’s the full Portland experience!

San Jose Sharks at St Louis Blues -5pm NBCSN: Game one of the Western Conference Final. Sharks might be the team to beat out of the remaining four.

St Louis Cardinals at Los Angeles Dodgers – 5pm ESPN: Sunday Night Baseball and two of the better franchises in baseball.