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.

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Drew E. Creasman was born in Grand Junction, Colorado and currently resides in Boulder, CO. He is a full time Rockies beat writer managing editor of Education: Studied Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Colorado along with Music History and Composition. Career: After six years as an independent musician and doing sporadic political work, I began to write about the Colorado Rockies for PurpleRow.com in the winter of 2013. Three years later, I came to BSN Denver to run the Rockies content. In short time, I found myself interviewing GM Dan O’Dowd and forging relationships with countless individuals in and around the organization. A few highlights include hosting the only daily Rockies talk show in the world, a podcast that has welcomed Nolan Arenado and Jon Gray among others, and our wall-to-wall coverage of the 2017 Wild Card Game. I’ve also been a regular on 850 koa, 104.3 The Fan, Mile High Sports Radio and numerous podcasts. Most Memorable Sports Moment: Game 3 of the 2007 NLDS. Ubaldo Jimenez, blackout, and the Rockies win their first postseason series. The finest sports book I’ve ever read: Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. One sports movie I can’t live without: One!? Just one!? Ok … Sugar. But Field of Dreams and Friday Night Lights come incredibly close. Most memorable experience as a reporter: Either the aforementioned Arenado interview or, and this is an odd one, spending time swapping stories with other reporters at Marc Stout’s going-away party. The sport that started it all: Clearly baseball. I’ve been watching baseball since before I can actually remember watching baseball. It’s just always been a part of me. I can still recall the feeling of wanting to be old enough to play T-ball. I love other sports, but I had loved and played baseball for years before I was even aware anything else existed.