DENVER — Nolan Arenado did it again.
In the seventh inning of Monday night’s Colorado Rockies-Washington Nationals game, Nolan Arenado, Colorado’s superstar third baseman, hit a game-winning solo shot that meant more than just a 7-5 win.
Playing in his 898th game, he tallied a three-hit performance to notch his 1,000th hit, which came on the go-ahead home run. Only 1,315 players out of the over 19,000 to play Major League Baseball have recored 1,000 hits and Arenado became just the ninth in Rockies history to do so.
- Todd Helton 2519
- Larry Walker 1361
- Carlos Gonzalez 1330
- Dante Bichette 1278
- Vinny Castilla 1206
- Troy Tulowitzki 1165
- Charlie Blackmon 1089
- DJ LeMahieu 1011
- Nolan Arenado 1,000
- Matt Holliday 863
Arenado just turned 28 earlier in the week — of course, he hit a home run on his big day — and, by age, he became the youngest in club history to 1,000 hits.
"“If I was one hit away I might not have gotten it,” said Arenado. “I don’t know any of those things.”"
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Arenado also passed Tulowitzki for fifth all-time on the franchise’s list for doubles with 226. His 189th career blast also gets him one closer to Bichette on the bombs list. The member of the Blake Street Bombers is in fifth place with exactly 200.
"“Great players do great things, “Bud Black said. “That’s what Nolan is so that’s what he does. You see moments like tonight, they’re big and he’s had a number of them based on his skill. 1,000th hit is a homer. How good is that?”"
There have been just over 19,000 players in the history of MLB. Just 1,315 have 1,000 hits. Only 32 players have 3,000 hits.
"“I think about my first hit now and now 1,000,” he said. “It’s crazy to think about Adrian Beltre and everyone else with 3,000 hits and how far away I am from it.”"