Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado has been on a tear this year, which is nothing surprising. The 26-year-old is having his best season yet, and deserves more recognition.
The Colorado Rockies have had a solid lineup for the past few years. Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, and DJ LeMahieu have been the cornerstones for the past few seasons, with Trevor Story and Mark Reynolds recently coming on board. Rockies pitching has held them back, but have defied expectations in 2017, as they are in great position to have a spot in the playoff for the first time since 2009.
There is no denying that Coors Field is a hitters park, which is why the Rockies sluggers are voted so harshly against in the MVP voting. The lighter air allows the ball to travel further, thus leading to a spike in home runs and runs in general. Larry Walker is the lone member of the Rockies to win the award in 1997, when he hit a staggering .366/.452/.720. Nolan Arenado should be the next to take home the honor, after being neglected the past two seasons.
Arenado is having a fantastic 2017 so far, hitting .309/.356/.584 with 21 home runs and an MLB leading 80 runs batted in, and a MLB leading 30 doubles. Not to mention he is a defensive wizard in the field. Since becoming an everyday starter in 2014, Arenado has been on a tear. He has lead the National League in home runs each of the last two seasons, with 42 and 41, and topped the Major leagues in RBI with 130 and 133. Despite his two amazing seasons, Arenado has paced eight in 2014 and fifth in 2016 in the MVP voting’s.
But 2017 is looking like Arenado’s best, and with the Rockies current success, he should have a higher chance are taking home the hardware. The two time silver slugger award winner is on pace to drive in well over 100 runs again, as well as topping the 40 home run plateau for the third consecutive season.
Nolan Arenado is not only the best player in the National League, he is arguable the best player in baseball. He deserves to be recognized on a national level, and rewarded for his hard work. The Colorado Rockies are legit. Nolan Arenado is legit. Give the man the props he deserves already.