2016 Stats: .305 average, 12 HR, 43 RBI
Chuck Nazty is loved by Colorado Rockies fans, because of the way he plays and the way he rocks his walkup song. Even when the score isn’t favoring the Rockies, fans can be sure to belt out “TONIIIIIIIGHT” before Blackmon steps into the box.
How loved is Blackmon by not only the fans but his teammates as well? On Tuesday, he was named as the winner of the Rockies 2016 Heart and Hustle Award. One player from each team receives the honor, presented by the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA).
“This esteemed award honors active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. The Heart and Hustle Award is also the only award in Major League Baseball that is voted on by former players,” the MLBPAA said in a press release.
Since June 20, he has at least one hit in 21 of 24 games and has reached base in 23 of those 24 contests. He has become one of MLB’s best leadoff hitters. That’s one of the reasons why he’s so loved … and also wanted by other teams as the trade deadline approaches.
“He hustles in the outfield, he gets on base, and then he steals bases. What more can the guy do? He’s incredible,” one voter said. “He’s made some run-saving plays in the outfield and helped the Rockies get some additional runs because of the way he steals bases. I love the guy.”
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