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.


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