Nolan Arenado had one heck of a week, and all of baseball took notice. On Monday, the Rockies’ all-star third baseman and five-time Gold Glove winner was named the National League player of the week for the period of June 18 through Sunday. Arenado batted .379, with a .419 on-base percentage and a .966 slugging percentage. He mashed five home runs, scored seven times and added two doubles. He also drove in 13 runs over seven games. For the season, he’s batting .318, which ranks sixth in the NL. It marked the fifth time in his career that Arenado was named player of the week, and the first time since July 23, 2017. It was the Rockies’ first player-of-the-week award this season. In Colorado’s 11-3 victory over the Marlins at Coors Field on Saturday, Arenado was 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs — the fourth consecutive game in which he had at least two hits and a home run. The Denver Post needs your support.Subscribe now for just 99 cents for … [Read more...] about Nolan Arenado, Rockies third baseman, named National League player of week
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I vividly remember Sept. 29, 2013. I was working the cramped and antiquated visitors clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, hunting for stories and tidbits on the final day of Todd Helton’s brilliant career. Helton, age 40, was a bit irascible. I couldn’t blame him. It was an emotional day and everyone wanted a piece of him, including a 22-year-old, rookie third baseman named Nolan Arenado. Arenado hung out near Helton’s locker, wanting to get a bat signed, wanting to be part of the moment. Eventually, Helton used a few choice words to banish the kid from his presence. Arenado is no longer a kid. He’s 27, a five-time Gold Glove winner and a three-time all-star. He has become the face of the Rockies, at least for now, and has a chance — a chance, mind you — of being the greatest Rockies player of all time. Only when more time has passed and when perspective becomes more measured will we know which man holds the title. There is no right answer, of course, … [Read more...] about Saunders: Will Nolan Arenado ever replace Todd Helton as Rockies’ greatest player?
Rockies nation held its breath Sunday at Coors Field. There was five-time Gold Glove third baseman Nolan Arenado — the face of the franchise and one of the best baseball players on the planet — stretching his right leg, a grimace on his face in the third inning. It appeared Arenado might be injured. It turned out to be a minor groin pull, and Arenado extinguished fears in the sixth inning by launching a 449-foot homer to center in Colorado’s 8-2 victory over Cincinnati. “It was no big deal. I just shook it off,” Arenado said the next day. “I’ve played through a lot worse.” Such as? “A couple of years ago, I sprained my wrist lifting weights,” Arenado said. “I had to deal with that for a while, and now I still wear tape on my wrist every game because of that. I took me a while to get over that, but none of you guys knew about it.” Catcher Chris Iannetta has even more extreme examples of playing … [Read more...] about For Nolan Arenado and his Rockies teammates, playing through pain is part of the job
WASHINGTON — Rockies all-star third baseman Nolan Arenado is out of the lineup Saturday against the Nationals as he begins serving his five-game suspension for throwing punches in Wednesday’s brawl between the Rockies and Padres. Arenado initially appealed, so he was able to play in Friday night’s 2-1 victory over the Nationals, but he then dropped his appeal and will serve the full five games of his suspension. He’ll miss the final two games of the series in Washington, as well as the three-game series at Pittsburgh which begins Monday. The good news for the Rockies is that center fielder Charlie Blackmon was back in the starting lineup Saturday after missing four games because of a tight right quadriceps. Arenado, batting .288 with one home run in the early going, will not face the Nationals’ two best pitchers — Max Scherzer on Saturday, and Stephen Strasburg on Sunday. Rookie Ryan McMahon, who has been the club’s main backup at first base, … [Read more...] about Rockies’ Nolan Arenado begins serving five-game suspension on Saturday vs. Nationals
After batters were plunked, punches were thrown, players were tossed and the dust had finally cleared, the Colorado Rockies emerged with a much-needed 6-4 victory over San Diego on Wednesday afternoon at Coors Field.The All-Star third baseman charged Luis Perdomo after almost being hit by a pitch perceived to be in retaliation for a series of hit batters on both sides early this season between the two clubs.But now Arenado, Perdomo, German Marquez, Gerardo Parra, and A.J. Ellis were thrown out as the Rockies hope to take down the Padres in Denver. He charged the mound, triggering a basebrawl that led to five ejections and enough bad blood to inspire another Taylor Swift hit.Prior to the brawl, the Padres hit Trevor Story in the first inning and the Rockies returned the favor by hitting Hunter Renfroe on the hand in the second.For now, all Nolan Arenado can do is play baseball and await his fate. Perdomo tried to ward off Arenado by tossing his glove, but it sailed over the Gold Glove … [Read more...] about Rockies, Padres Brawl After Nolan Arenado Charges The Mound