Charlie Blackmon's Baseball Detour Turned Him Into An All-Star
Three years into his college career, Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon was a left-handed relief specialist. His junior year at Georgia Tech, he only threw 12 innings.
But then, Blackmon’s baseball journey took a strange turn.
He was given a chance to play in a College Summer League with a team in Grand Prarie, Texas, but that left arm was bothering him.
So, when he showed up, he told manager Rusty Greer, a former Rangers outfielder, that he was an outfielder. The first chapter in a strange tale of Charlie Blackmon’s emergence as a big-league All-Star was being written.