Colorado Rockies: Charlie Blackmon named NL Player of the Week

May 22, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) celebrates with teammates inside the dugout after scoring a run during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
May 22, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) celebrates with teammates inside the dugout after scoring a run during the third inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports /
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Charlie Blackmon is having an All-Star type of season for the Colorado Rockies. Apparently the rest of Major League Baseball is taking note.

Blackmon was named as the National League Player of the Week on Tuesday. It’s the third time Blackmon has earned the honor in the last calendar year. In his last 10 games, Chuck Nazty has posted a .372 average with four homers and 15 RBI.

The 30-year-old center fielder entered Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners leading the National League with 46 RBI. He is also tied for sixth in the National League (with teammate Mark Reynolds and others) with 13 homers. Those numbers go along with a .329 average and four stolen bases.

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All are impressive statistics, but RBI could be the most eye-popping of the bunch, especially considering that Blackmon serves as the leadoff man for the Rockies. However, this season, he has not only served as the catalyst to get on base for teammates like Nolan Arenado and DJ LeMahieu. He has also brought home runners from the bottom of the order who are getting on more and being advanced into scoring position by the pitcher.

Blackmon’s hottest game during his recent 10-game streak came in Philadelphia on May 23 when he belted a pair of homers and drove in four during Colorado’s 8-2 win over the Phillies.

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While he is having an All-Star-caliber season, Blackmon has received the second-highest number of votes for a National League outfielder in the first All-Star Game voting result release. Blackmon earned more than 520,000 votes while Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper leads the category with just over 900,000 votes.

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