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Rockies Film Room: The breeding of an All-Star shortstop

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It’s a simple, if not overplayed, Hollywood trope.

It may be a couple years overdue, but Trevor Story is an All-Star.

A story of promise, then adversity and, finally, vindication. For Story, his plotline went from rookie sensation and snubbing to sophomore bust and now he is on his way to Washington, D.C. as one of three Rockies representing the game’s best.

In 2016, Story was a notable exemption from the All-Star Game, falling in the Final Vote balloting despite his record-setting rookie campaign, OPS’ing above .900. Then a torn ligament in his thumb on July 30 ended his season altogether. When he returned the next year, he wasn’t the same player. His OBP dropped to nearly .300 and he led baseball with 191 strikeouts.

Now, his batting average is just 20 points short of that OBP mark from last season, and his hard-hit rate is more than 7 percent higher than the rest of the MLB. So, what facilitated this change and made Story a player recognizable among his peers as one of the best in the league.

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