It didn’t seem too long ago when Todd Helton was tearing up pitching in the National League for the Colorado Rockies. As Helton reaches age 40 this season during his 17th year with the Rockies, it may be time for the Rockies to find another option at first base, especially with Helton’s injuries and recent legal issues. It was fun while it lasted with Helton in Colorado but the window is now closing on his career.
While Helton has hit fewer than eight home runs in three of the last five seasons and hasn’t played in more than 150 games since 2009, Helton was a hitting machine earlier in his career and still has a career average of .320. But after batting just .238 last year in 69 games, Helton probably should have just hung up the spikes.
Helton is in the final year of a three-year contract this season so it will likely be the last season this time around anyway but for a Colorado team that needs as much offensive help that they can get, Helton would be better-served now as a coach or consultant.
Helton will go down as the greatest player in Rockies history at least for the time being with his 2,420 hits coming into this season but the Rockies deserve much more at this point. Hopefully Helton has one more big season left in his bat as his career nears the end of the line. The Rockies as a whole are likely going to find themselves in last place in the National League West but the team can at least give Helton one final ride around the league with a better 2013 season.