Third baseman first Colorado player since '11 to reach mark
By Dargan Southard
DENVER -- If you happen to see Nolan Arenado out and about, don't forget to call him by his new professional title.
After crushing a first-inning, two-run homer in Colorado's 9-4 win over the D-backs on Wednesday at Coors Field, Arenado became the first Rockies player with 100 RBIs since Troy Tulowitzki in 2011. That earned him a name-change.
"Right now, he's Mr. Arenado," a laughing Carlos Gonzalez said. "He's got 100 RBIs. When you reach that milestone, you're not 'Arenado' anymore. You get the 'Mister' part."
Arenado has certainly earned that this season. His breakout 2015 campaign has been littered with towering long balls and clutch RBIs, not to mention an endless highlight reel of defensive gems.
His two-run homer, which was projected by Statcast™ to land 423 feet away from home, touched down in the center-field trees and briefly padded his National League home run lead until Gonzalez tied him later in the game.
"It's great," Arenado said of reaching triple-digit RBIs. "I'm very thankful, very happy, very blessed. But there are a lot of games left, so it's hard to really soak it in. I don't want to get too complacent. I want more RBIs."
With Tulowitzki gone, Arenado is one of Colorado's most pivotal pieces moving forward. He's only in his third season, but his offensive development this year has been what many had hoped for when the Rockies selected him in the second round of the 2009 MLB Draft.
"He's one of the building blocks," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said before Wednesday's game. "He's a complete player. He's established himself this year as an elite guy and an elite player.
"People raved about his defense for a couple of years, but we saw the offense coming little by little. He's put himself in that conversation as one of the elite players in the league."
Arenado has the numbers to back it up, but is the 24-year-old actually old enough for such a sophisticated title as "Mr. Arenado?"
To be determined.
"I mean I'm not married or anything," he joked. "So I don't think so. But it's cool."
Dargan Southard is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.