It wasn’t very long after the Colorado Rockies came on the scene that they started making some noise. The most consistent post season noise they made came after their first baseman arrived in the person of Todd Helton. Helton is one of those great players that have done what he had to do to remain with the team he wants to be with for his entire career. This season will be his seventeenth with the Rockies, having spent no time anywhere else. Also, it could be his last.
Seeing as he is turning forty years old this season and just coming off hip trouble last season, Helton isn’t allowing himself to be deceived. His contract runs out after this season as well and his career just might end as well. What a career it has been? Before this season starts he has 354 homers, 1345 RBI, an unreal career batting average of .320 along with a great career on base percentage of .419. That leads to a stunning career OPS of .964.
We won’t stat the hall-of-fame talk right now because he is still playing but I’ll just say that I think he has done what a player needs to do to be known as one of the all time best at what he does. If that doesn’t get you into the hall-of-fame then what does? Regardless of the outcome of this season, one of the great things about how Helton is going about it is the relaxed manor in which he is behaving.
If this is to be his final season and final spring, he plans to enjoy it. And well he should in his seventeenth season with the Colorado Rockies. Great career and here is hoping for a great 2013 Helton.