After continuing to drive in more runs than any leadoff hitter could be reasonably expected to, Charlie Blackmon was named the National League Player of the Week for the final week of May on Tuesday.Blackmon hit .400 (12-for-30) with three homers and 12 RBIs over the course of the week,
After continuing to drive in more runs than any leadoff hitter could be reasonably expected to, Charlie Blackmon was named the National League Player of the Week for the final week of May on Tuesday.
Blackmon hit .400 (12-for-30) with three homers and 12 RBIs over the course of the week, leading the Rockies to a 5-2 record in series against the Phillies and Cardinals.
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That torrid pace pushed Blackmon to second among outfielders in the first round of results for the 2017 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, which was released on Tuesday. His 520,479 votes put him behind only the top vote-getter, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, on the outfield leaderboard.
"Well-deserved to get this award this week," Rockies manager Bud Black said of Blackmon. "The way he's playing, he's being talked about nationally, as he deserves. Again, where Charlie is in his game, both at the plate and in the field, it's showing up each and every day."
Blackmon currently leads the Majors in RBIs with 46, an astonishing feat considering he has worked out of the leadoff spot in all but one game so far this season. No other hitter in MLB has more than 30 RBIs out of the leadoff spot. Blackmon also leads the Majors in hits (71) and triples (seven).
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This is Blackmon's fifth time winning the award and first in the 2017 season. He is the fourth straight NL West player to take home the award, after the D-backs' Jake Lamb last week and the Dodgers' Alex Wood and Cody Bellinger in the two weeks before.
Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com.