Colorado Rockies: Talking the outfield with Nazty, Pony and Parra

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DENVER, CO - JULY 25: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his walk-off solo home run with Gerardo Parra #8 and Carlos Gonzalez #5 in the in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during interleague play at Coors Field on July 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JULY 25: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies celebrates his walk-off solo home run with Gerardo Parra #8 and Carlos Gonzalez #5 in the in the ninth inning against the Houston Astros during interleague play at Coors Field on July 25, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Astros 3-2. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Colorado Rockies fans know how great their infield is, but the outfield is pretty good too.  The Rockies have three outfielders that play hard and give it their all whether they are on defense or offense.

Let’s start with Chuck Nazty himself, Charlie Blackmon.  His defense has proved over and over again that the Colorado Rockies are so much better with him in center field. I am not sure if it is the beard or the mullet, but this guy is the real deal.  His bat has not quite been where it was last year, but he still plays his heart out.

He is a leadoff hitter and needs to stay there. Bud Black insists on switching things up, putting DJ LeMahieu at the lead off position occasionally.  It seemed to throw Charlie off.  Fans know Charlie and know that he is a great player and he will get the bat back.

Rockies right fielder Carlos Gonzalez is a guy that has frustrated me in the past, but this year, his attitude has shown improvement. It may have been the fact that the phones were not ringing off the hook at the end of the year in free agency.  He may have realized that this team is the one willing to give him a job year after year.

He has always been good defensively and this year is no exception.  He seems happier this year and willing to share the job of right field.  He still makes amazing plays and continues to have the best swing in baseball.

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Last, but definitely not least, we have Gerardo Parra.  When the Rockies first signed Parra, I did not understand the logic there.  He sure has grown on me since, though.  He is exactly what the Rockies need.  You can count on him to give his all in every game.

You can also count on him to make opponents smile or angry. His interaction with opponents is amazing to watch.

Either they love him or fight with him.  He is a team player and so much fun.  Opponents have also learned that Gonzalez is no longer the only outfielder you do not run on.

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The Rockies do not have a shortage of outfielders, that is for sure.  When it comes down to it though, Blackmon, Gonzalez, and Parra are the three that could get the team to the playoffs.

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