Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

Arenado joins 'elite' 3B club with 40th homer

LOS ANGELES -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado became the third third baseman in history to have multiple 40-homer seasons before turning 26 when he went deep against the Dodgers' Josh Fields in the sixth inning of Friday night's 5-2 loss at Dodger Stadium.

Arenado's homer, which cut the Dodgers' lead to 4-1, also made him the fourth Rockies player to have multiple 40-homer seasons. He joined Andres Galarraga, Todd Helton and Vinny Castilla, who is with the club as a special assistant to the general manager. Castilla did it three straight years, 1996-98.

"It's elite," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "He's doing big-time stuff his first few years in the league. He's special."

Arenado, who turned 25 on April 16, tied the Nationals' Bryce Harper last season for the National League home run title with 42 homers.

Third baseman Eddie Mathews had three seasons of 40 or more homers before age 26 (1953-55), while Troy Glaus had two (2000-01). Arenado now has two (2015-16).

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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