Perhaps lost in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 10-1 thumping of the Rockies at Coors Field on Tuesday night was Trevor Story inching a little closer to history.
In the ninth inning of Colorado’s eventual loss, the Rockies rookie shortstop belted another home run into the shrubbery in right-center.
The round-tripper was Story’s 23rd of the season. He is only one off the National League rookie shortstop home run record set by Troy Tulowitzki in 2007.
Tulowitzki hit 24 homers nine years ago. This season, Story has smacked 23 in the 93 games he’s played so far. He’s on pace to hit 40 home runs, which would put him in some pretty elite company.
Mark McGwire hit the most-ever home runs for a rookie with 49 in 1987. Frank Robinson and Wally Berger are tied for second on the list with 38. Albert Pujols and Al Rosen are third with 37.
Story has yet to fade away after that blistering start to the year. He went through an 0-for-16 streak after the Diamondbacks’ Silvino Bracho plunked him on the hand. But in his last nine games, he’s 11-for-27 with four home runs.