Late Saturday night, Mr. Colorado Rockie Todd Helton announced that he plans to call it a career at the end of this current season. Helton is currently 40 years old and will have finished up 17 phenomenal seasons with the Colorado Rockies at the end of September.
Helton would speak a little after the loss to the Arizona Diamonds backs on Saturday. Here is what he had to say:
“Yes, this is it. It just seems like it’s time. It’s a young man’s game. I am 40 years old. I am looking forward to doing something else besides baseball. Whatever that may be. I am not sure yet.I am going to start a new chapter not only in my life but our lives. It will be different. It will be difficult, but it will be exciting.”
Helton has been truly phenomenal. He is a five-time All-Star and four-time Silver Slugger. Helton holds nearly every Colorado Rockies record offensively. He holds records for most games, at bats, runs, hits, doubles, home runs, on base percentage and RBIs. Helton is a lifetime average .317 hitter with 367 home runs, 1,397 RBIs, 1,394 runs, a .415 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage in 2,235 career games. Helton holds nearly 8 percent of the franchise’s total runs, which is just astonishing think about for one player.
Helton is/wasn’t just an offensive phenom either. One could argue that Helton was a better defensive player than offensive and actually have an argument. There were very few players at first base that played the position as well as Helton did. He is a three-time gold glove winner, though he ultimately deserved to win a few more. Helton saved countless runs and errors with his glove every single season.
Helton’s career has been uniquely great. Though he will ultimately be punished and scrutinized by a portion of lame brain baseball media for playing in the “altitude”, Helton’s career is surely worthy of the Hall of Fame. It may take some time for Helton to get all the votes he needs, but his career number offensively and defensively are just too good to leave him out.
Todd Helton’s last game playing for the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field will be September 25th. If you would like to give him one last farewell, you better do it soon.