The Year in Pictures 2017: Faces & Places

Rockies centerfielder Charlie Blackmon and his untamed beard became a cult hero of sorts in 2017. But it wasn’t just his wacky sense of humor or distinct look that fans loved. Blackmon won a batting title, a Silver Slugger award, finished fifth in NL MVP voting and drove in 104 RBI, setting a new MLB record for a leadoff hitter.

Jun 20, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon (19) walks back to the dugout in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports