Blackmon's hit puts him behind only Helton

June 9th, 2021

Outfielder Charlie Blackmon continues to climb in the Rockies’ record books. During Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Marlins, Blackmon passed Larry Walker on Colorado’s all-time hit list with No. 1,362, and now ranks second behind Todd Helton (2,519).

In the fourth inning, Blackmon doubled to left-center field against Marlins right-hander Pablo Lopez for the hit that put him ahead of Walker. But Blackmon, 34, doesn’t focus on individual numbers.

“I don’t handle that mindset very well,” Blackmon said about his accomplishments. “It’s not good for me to think like that. It’s important to try your best to stay humble. Because if you don’t, you will get your butt kicked or something will be taken from you. It doesn’t pay to think like that.

“I will certainly be proud, hopefully when I get done. Most of it will be, I was proud that I played really hard and [tried] to help my teammates … and be the best that I can be. That’s what I’ll be proud of, rather than looking up [personal stats].”

Blackmon was once a pitching prospect while attending high school and college, but an elbow injury forced him to abandon his dreams of becoming the next Randy Johnson. Instead, he became quite a hitter at Georgia Tech, batting .396 with eight home runs and 45 RBIs in his only season there in 2008. Later that year, he was drafted by the Rockies in the second round of the Draft.

“I was lucky,” Blackmon said. “Maybe the big man upstairs is looking out for me a lot. It could have easily been a different story for me. For that reason, I think it’s important to try my best to be grateful that I am still here. … There was a time that I didn’t consider hitting competitively. I thought it was all going to be about pitching for me.”

Blackmon is now in his 11th season in the big leagues and is still playing at a high level. Asked if he thought a playoff team would find him valuable before the Trade Deadline, Blackmon answered, “I don’t think it’s very likely.

“I’ve been wrong before,” said Blackmon. “It’s not worth the effort to think about that. It can’t help me. It can’t help the Rockies at this point. It’s not something I should spend time doing.”