January 21, 2021

Hitting .400 in 2020 might draw an asterisk, but Colorado Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon could earn it (ESPN)


Yes, there would be an asterisk. Charlie Blackmon acknowledges it. Everyone in Major League Baseball acknowledges it. If Ted Williams were alive, you can be damn sure he would say hitting .400 over 60 games is a terrific feat but not the same accomplishment as doing it over a full season.

In Blackmon’s mind, the whole discussion is a little ridiculous anyway, and not just because his Colorado Rockies are only 17 games into this shortened season.

“I don’t think .400 is a realistic mark for today’s game,” he said on a call with reporters before Tuesday’s game in Denver. “The pitching is too good. The stuff is too good. There’s more specialization. I don’t think it’s something that will happen. It’s just too far away from the average.”

Still, if anybody is going to chase .400, you have to do it from ahead. Blackmon has started the season sizzling hot at the plate and is hitting .500 after going 3-for-4 and extending his hitting streak to 15 games in Tuesday’s 8-7 win over the Diamondbacks. (You can see both teams in action Wednesday on ESPN at 3 p.m. ET.)

He is right, though; never before has .400 been further from the average. Even without pitchers hitting this season, the…

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