DENVER – After putting together one of the single most impressive seasons in recent MLB memory, Charlie Blackmon came into 2018 with high hopes and, soon thereafter, a shiny new contract worth 106 million over six years.
Dealing with some back and knee issues early in the year, his production dropped a bit as his slumps seemed to linger longer than they have in his past.
In an early attempt to jump-start the offense, manager Bud Black swapped Blackmon and good friend DJ LeMahieu in the batting order, something a contingency of fans and media members had been calling for going back to 2017.
In the short term, the move appeared to work, sparking a road trip that saw the Rockies take two out of three against the Cubs in Chicago before sweeping the Mets in New York.
But as the season drug on and LeMahieu was forced to miss time with injuries, Blackmon found himself back in the leadoff spot, a spot he had to grow accustomed to in 2014 but had been calling home ever since.