Rockies' Blackmon ties franchise record for leadoff home runs

BY foxsports • June 15, 2015

Center fielder Charlie Blackmon catalyzed the Rockies’ offense on Sunday with a home run to lead off the game. It was his eighth leadoff home run -- all with the Rockies -- tying a team record set by Eric Young, who happens to be the team’s current first base coach. Per the Denver Post, Blackmon gave his thoughts on the significance of a leadoff homer:

"It's more of a momentum-shifter, I think," Blackmon said. "One run doesn't, a lot of times, mean much when you're batting in the first inning of a nine-inning game. So more than anything, I think it helps us maybe unsettle the pitcher a little bit, like it did today, and get us some momentum."

Blackmon has plenty of years ahead to set a lofty standard for Rockies leadoff home runs as he is only in his fifth year in the majors. The 28-year-old established himself as an All-Star last season with an average of .288 with 19 home runs batting mostly leadoff for the Rockies.

(h/t Denver Post)

Photo credit: Ron Chenoy/USA TODAY Sports

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