Years ago I saw Charlie Blackmon play in Cleveland…and he was amazing. The entire weekend he seemed to get hits, make big plays, and generally dominate in a way that I had rarely seen a player do live. I was an instant fan.
This season Blackmon forced himself in the NL MVP award conversation. His final numbers are compelling: .331 AVG, 37 HR with a .399 OPB. This was good for an OPS+ of 142 and 6 WAR.
Unfortunately, he is a Rockie, so people will wave off those numbers as inflated by the thin Colorado air.
And…yea…they might be kind of right:
Still, he is a very good player who the Rockies are lucky to have. And while his numbers might be a little inflated, he is still one of the best OF in the National League.
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I have been trying to get a copy of this card all season long and was finally able to score it for under $10. So I am pretty happy.