Sunday, October 17, 2021

Saunders: Trevor Story, soon to be a free agent, is the ultimate teammate

Phoenix – You already know the basics.

As a Rockies rookie in 2016, shortstop Trevor Storey became the only player in big-league history to score six home runs in his team’s first four games.

He is a two-time All-Star and was a Silver Slugger winner in 2018 and ’19. In 2018, he became the first shortstop to hit at least 30 home runs and 40 doubles and steal 25 stolen bases in a season.

On Friday night, in a 9-7 win over the Diamondbacks in the Rockies Wild, Storey stole his 20th base of the season and 100th of his career, becoming the seventh player to score 150 home runs and 100 bases in his first six seasons . . Others in the club: Willie Mays, Bobby Bonds, Darryl Strawberry, Andrew Jones, Ryan Braun and Mike Trout.

You also know that Story, who turns 29 next month, will soon become a free agent and Sunday’s game at Chase Field will almost certainly be his last as a member of the Rockies.

You also know that he is well liked and respected by his peers. But you might not know how much their partners like and respect them.

“Trevor is a pro,” said third baseman Ryan McMahon. “He shows up every day and handles all his work in the most professional way possible throughout the day. He has been fantastic to play with and has helped so many of us get better. He is by far my favorite partner to have. I’ve played with it.”

Nolan Arenado, who now has what the story wants — he’s playing for a Cardinals team headed to the playoffs for the third year in a row — considers the story one of his best friends and cherishes their time together. .

“Trevor is one of my all-time favorite teammates,” Arenado said. “The care, the work ethic, the intensity – he was someone I was fed up with. He appeared every day, the same guy, ready to work.

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“Shortstop is the captain of the infield and has controlled the infield so well.”

Arenado is happy in St. Louis, but he still misses his teammate on the left side of the field.

“I always knew that when I showed up at spring training, the story would unfold at the same time as it did with me,” Arenado continued. “That was just the best feeling.”

And right fielder Charlie Blackman, who is Colorado’s oldest player at age 35, marvels at teammate Story for the past six seasons.

“With his steady production, Trevor has become a rock in the clubhouse,” Blackman said. “He has helped everyone around him. I see him working and adjusting. It’s good to watch for our young players. And reminds the elders that there is no substitute for hard work and preparation.” “

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