Colorado Rockies: Trevor Story knocking on home run history’s door

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 21: Trevor Story #27 of the Colorado Rockies reacts after hitting a home run in the second inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park on May 21, 2019 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images) /
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The Colorado Rockies shortstop who made his Major League debut with a two-homer game is now knocking on the door of the franchise’s home run history hall.

Trevor Story hit his 99th career home run on Tuesday night in the Colorado Rockies‘ 5-0 road victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. With the third-inning home run, Story continued his powerful ways at the plate that have been evident since he first launched a ball over the fence at Chase Field against Arizona’s Zack Greinke in his first MLB game in early April of 2016.

Story’s next home run will push him into elite company in the Rockies record book. Only 12 other members of the franchise have hit 100 or more home runs. Todd Helton leads the list at 369 while Ellis Burks is the next former Rockies player who Story could pass on the list, finishing his Colorado career with 115.

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The 26-year-old shortstop hit 27 in his rookie season that was shortened by a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb with two full months left in the campaign. He came back in 2017 to hit 24 then once again exploded onto the national scene with 37 last season, including one in a three-homer performance against the San Francisco Giants that traveled 505 feet. That shot was not only the longest home run in Rockies history, but also the longest ever hit at Coors Field and the longest ever logged in the Statcast era.

And yes, Story has taken full advantage of playing his home games in Denver. Sixty of his 99 home runs have come in Denver, including this walk-off home run last season against the Seattle Mariners at Coors Field.

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Story could potentially eclipse the century mark in one of Colorado’s two remaining road games against the Pirates on their current eight-game swing through Boston, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. The Rockies return home on Friday to start a three-game series against the Baltimore Orioles, a series that opens a 10-game homestand.

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