SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. —The most prolific leadoff hitter in the country, History is back at top of the batting order for this season.
Blackmon stated, “I'll feel comfortable there. No problem.”
From his first season in 2014 to 2019, Blackmon was the Rockies' primary base hitter. He saw immediate results.
During his six year tenure as the leadoff position, he set numerous records. He set major league records in 2017 with 103 RBI, 383 total bases and 86 extra base hits from the top spot. These were both National League records and the third most in major league history.
Blackmon said, “It is exciting when you're on base to begin the game.” “You feel like your team has done a great deal and you are in a position to score runs very early on, which is always wonderful.”
Blackmon, age 35, was placed in the middle order of the Rockies' last two seasons. It was considered a compliment.– Increase production following the departure In 2021.
Story is over, but the arrival ofThis spring and the power that it represents Bud Black, Rockies manager, decided to return to Blackmon as leadoff one year ago.
Black stated, “You want to get your best players at the top,” “Charlie has been a great major league hitter. I see the role as a combination of two things. A man who can hit the ground running. You want to get up as often as possible during a game. Good base runner. Although not a base stealer, he is a skilled player.
“Understands and enjoys the game. He understands the steps required to start a game. It could be any of these things: first pitch hack, homer, or anything else. It was a great at-bat to get to see more pitches than the guys behind him. It's many. Charlie can do all of those things.”
, Bryant, Cron, Blackmon is expected to be followed by Grichuk in varying order in a lineup which is still fluid thanks to the addition the designated hitter.
Blackmon stated that it was a problem to have so many middle of the-order bats. “That's what we have.”
The universal DH may make it easier for a leadoff guy to get runners on base.
Blackmon won't be asked to steal as many bases in 2016 but he will take advantage of any opportunity.
Blackmon said, “It'll be trying to run at a really high percent.” “I don’t believe I’ll push the envelope. I will make sure that I am safe if I do go.