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Trevor Story is a great baseball story in Denver

Posted by Betonline team on 5/6/2016 5:22:00 AM
Trevor Story is a great baseball story in Denver

The story of Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story is a good one.

He hits home runs at a torrid pace and they are storybook homeruns that are as long as anybody else in baseball. He was named National League Rookie of the Month because he’s already being compared to people like Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols.

He slammed 10 home runs during the first month of his Major League career. And they were not just dingers; they were massive rockets. Six of the home runs were 425 feet or longer. He also hit 17 extra base hits and led all rookies in home runs (10), total bases (64), runs (19) and RBI’s (20).

Story became the first player to hit two home runs in his first MLB game and blasted seven in his first six games. And there could have been more. The Rockies added a new right field wall that story has hit three times. He could have 13 by now.

“Although the home runs were crazy, I will say I surprised myself through those first stretch of games,” Story told the MLB Network. “I didn’t expect to hit a lot of home runs, just come in and hit the ball hard.”

Only DiMaggio, who was 23 years old and Pujols (21 at the time) hit more at this point of their rookie seasons during the modern baseball era. DiMaggio did it in 1936 and Pujols in 2001.

“It’s an honor to be recognized with guys like that, but I don’t try to look back on it too much, Story told the Denver Post. “A little bit, but I don’t pay too much attention to it.”

The goal for Story is to improve. He has a flaw he wants to get rid of. The other story on Story is he strikes out a lot. He’s fanned 37 times and walked just nine times. It is not of major concern right now but it is something he wants to correct even though sluggers traditionally strike out.

“I struck out a fair amount of times in the minor leagues and I have come a long way in my two strike approach,” Story said on MLB Tonight. “Obviously it is not perfect, yeah a lot of adaptations and a lot of that has to do with not missing my pitch when I get it.”

Manager Walt Weiss does not mind. He knows it takes time for players to develop their entire game.

“After April ended I kind of took a deep breath and said, “Now it is time to start a new month,” Story said.

Story has helped spark a Rockies offense although he is hitting just .260 with a .322 on-base percentage. The Rockies rank fourth in batting average (.271) and first in home runs (40) and fourth in runs (136).

Now he wants to improve at the plate with better discipline and is hoping for a storybook career in Denver.

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