DEVNER -- Charlie Blackmon is already in form for tonight's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN.In Sunday's 10-0 win over the White Sox, Blackmon crushed a home run 477 feet for his 20th of the season. The homer was the longest by a Rockie this season,
DEVNER -- Charlie Blackmon is already in form for tonight's T-Mobile Home Run Derby at 6 p.m. MT on ESPN.
In Sunday's 10-0 win over the White Sox, Blackmon crushed a home run 477 feet for his 20th of the season. The homer was the longest by a Rockie this season, surpassing pitcher Jon Gray earlier this week, and was his longest ever tracked by Statcast™.
"I'm sure they'll talk about it, I'm just glad a pitcher isn't the longest-standing homer for the year," Blackmon said.
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Additionally, Blackmon's home run was the third-longest by the Rockies and tied for third-longest lefty vs. lefty homer since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.
"I don't know if you know the numbers, but he's good left on left," opposing pitcher Carlos Rodon said. "[He] went down and in, it was 1-0 and that's his spot right there. He hit the ball 470 feet. He just got it. He's a good hitter."
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Blackmon will participate in his first career Home Run Derby and is the No. 6 seed in the competition. He will face Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger in the first round, with the winner advancing to play either Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas or Twins third baseman Miguel Sano.
"Honestly I just wanna hit one. I just wanna hit one home run," Blackmon said. "Then I might hit a bunch of line drives to left after that. Just want one."
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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.