Old Times Sake: Blackmon, Former Teammate LeMahieu Earn NL/AL Player of Month

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For Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon it was a a double dose of good news Wednesday.

Blackmon was selected the NL Player of the Month for June. His former teammate and current Yankee DJ LeMahieu earned the honor in the AL. Blackmon also won the award in May of 2017. LeMahieu was honored for the first time.

"We haven't spoken yet," Blackmon said before Wednesday's game against the Astros, "but DJ's mom texted me already, and pointed out we are Players of the Month in the same month."

They both put up Player of the Month statistics.

"It's pretty cool," Blackmon said of the award. "It means you played really good for one-sixth of the season. That's a long time to be pretty good."

Blackmon played real good, hitting .412 with 30 runs scored, seven doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 25 RBI and an .835 slugging percentage over 22 games played. From June 10th-16th ,Blackmon joined Tim Salmon (1994), Bill Terry (1932) and Al Simmons (1932) as the only players to have at least 20 hits, five home runs.

"There are so many good players in the league," Blackmon said, "and to be recognized as one of the top guys for a 25-to-30 game span. ... That's long enough to have your ups and downs."

He recorded his 12th career multi-homer game on June 13th against the Padres, and his second of the season (also did it May 12th). Blackmon matched Johnny Damon for the fourth-most multi-homer games from the leadoff spot in Major League history. Blackmon also became the third player in franchise history to bat at least .410 with an .835 slugging percentage-or-better and 10-or-more home runs in a single calendar month, joining Todd Helton (May 2000) and Larry Walker (March/April 1997).

LeMahieu posted a slash line of .395/.434/.658 with 26 runs scored, 45 hits, eight doubles, two triples, six home runs and 29 RBI across 25 games in earning the AL Player of the Month Award. LeMahieu became the first Yankee since Carlos Beltran in 2014 to post a multi-hit streak of six-or-more games. His 35 multi-hit games were the most for a Yankees player since Alfonso Soriano had 35 in 2003.

LeMahieu became the seventh different Yankee (22nd time) to amass at least 45 hits, 16 extra-base hits and 29 RBI in a month, and the first since Don Mattingly in September/October 1985.

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