Manager Bud Black said Blackmon will start in right field for the Rockies, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. It was originally thought that Blackmon would shift to left field in 2019 with Ian Desmond set to take over primary center field duties, but the Rockies prefer Dahl and his range in left field, leaving Blackmon to man the right side of the outfield. Regardless of where he plays, the veteran outfielder figures to be a staple in Colorado's lineup after hitting .291/.358/.502 with 29 homers and 12 stolen bases in 156 games last season.
Blackmon is expected to move to left field for the 2019 season, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports. The 32-year-old has been a staple in center field for Colorado, playing exclusively at that position the last three years. However, the Rockies want to reduce some wear and tear on his body, so they plan to move him to a less taxing outfield position. Ideally, less strenuous fielding will help Blackmon produce more at the plate, though anything near the .860 OPS with 29 home runs and 119 runs atop the Rockies batting order is still welcome. To accommodate the change, Ian Desmond is expected to handle primary center field duties in 2019.
Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a walk in a loss to the Dodgers on Monday. Blackmon collected a pair of singles and a walk but was stranded in scoring position twice. The center fielder had a spectacular finish to the regular season, carrying a .349/.410/.624 slash line in the month of September. The 32-year-old also had a solid campaign overall, hitting .289 with 29 home runs, 12 stolen bases and a .212 ISO.
Blackmon went 4-for-5, drove in three runs and scored three runs while hitting for the cycle in the Rockies' 12-0 win over the Nationals on Sunday. Blackmon closed out his regular season in style, becoming the first MLB player ever to hit for the cycle in a season finale. The 32-year-old wasn't as dominant this season as he was in last year's MVP-caliber campaign, but he still posted terrific fantasy numbers, with a .289/.356/.501 slash line to go along with 29 homers, 12 stolen bases and a National League-leading 119 runs scored.
Blackmon went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, an RBI and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Phillies. Blackmon hit an RBI double -- his 29th two-bagger of the year -- off starter Vince Velasquez in the fourth inning, and has now recorded a hit in all but two games in the month of September. Blackmon is hitting .364 with four homers, 10 RBI and 18 runs in 23 games over that span. The 32-year-old leads the NL with 114 runs scored this season, and he's once again put up a hearty slash line of .289/.358/.492 with 27 homers and 66 RBI.