Colorado Rockies: Can Charlie Blackmon become the next Todd Helton?

DENVER, CO - APRIL 1: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies runs towards first base during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - APRIL 1: Charlie Blackmon #19 of the Colorado Rockies runs towards first base during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 1, 2021 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) /
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Former Colorado Rockies outfielder Larry Walker
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 22: Larry Walker speak to the media after being elected into the National Baseball Hall of Fame class of 2020 on January 22, 2020 at the St. Regis Hotel in New York City. The National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held on Sunday, July 26, 2020 in Cooperstown, NY. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images) /

Hit by Pitch

Current (6/3/21): 80 (2nd)

Leaders Ahead: Larry Walker (98)

HBP needed for 1st Place: 18

Remaining Options High: 114

Remaining Options Likely: 105

Odds of #1: Extremely Likely

Likely Standing: 1st

Todd Helton Time High: 166

Todd Helton Time Likely: 145

Odds of #1: 100%

Likely Standing: 1st

All right this might be a bit of an out-there statistic, but this is what Baseball Reference has instead of walks, so here we are. Blackmon only needs to be hit 18 more times to reach Larry Walker’s mark, and over the next few years, I find that to be at least somewhat likely.

Charlie can tank a few hits if need be and does so several times a year. He will most likely pass Walker in his remaining contract years, and be able to stretch the record during the remaining four years of a Helton-style career. It may not be the flashiest record, but it will be a record nonetheless.

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