Rockies’ C.J. Cron make all-star time for first time


When C.J. Cron arrived at Rockies spring training in 2021 on a minor-league deal, the veteran first baseman was pretty certain that he’d make the big-league team.

Manager Bud Black told him as much.

“A lot of teams didn’t want me, but the Rockies did,” Cron said recently. “But I had faith in myself and I knew what I could do if given a chance.”

Just look what he’s done with that chance.

On Sunday, at age 32 and in his ninth season in the majors, Cron was named to the National League all-star team. Cron, a first-time all-star who was voted in as a reserve, is the only Rockies player to make the team.

“Buddy got up there and kind of had a little team meeting and said that I was an all-star,” Cron told prior to Colorado’s game against the Diamondbacks at Phoenix. “It’s a pretty cool feeling. I’m not gonna lie, it’s pretty special.

“I’ve been in the league for nine years and I’m finally getting my first one. So it’s really cool, and I’m super excited and humbled.”

Power propelled Cron to the All-Star Game on July 19 at Dodger Stadium. Entering Sunday, Cron had launched 20 home runs and hit .295. His 486-foot homer vs. San Diego on June 17 at Coors Field was the longest of his career and the second-longest in the majors this season.

Cron ranked among National League leaders in RBIs (66, second), total bases (179, third), slugging percentage (.551, fourth), extra-base hits (41, fourth), OPS (.901, fifth) and home runs (20, tied for fifth).


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