MLB: Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton To Retire After 17th Season

Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton, who reached 2,500 earlier this month, will retire at the end of the 2013 MLB season -- his 17th.

Sep 15 2013, 8:43pm CDT | by

MLB: Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton To Retire After 17th Season
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Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is set to retire at the end of the 2013 MLB season.

This was confirmed by the Denver Post, whom Helton spoke with on Saturday. 

"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.

"During the season I defintely wavered. It usually wasn't from having a great game. I just enjoyed the competition, and I felt like I had bat speed. That's what I will miss. The competition. I don't know how I will replace that yet. There were days, I thought,'Maybe I can do this one year. Then ultimately, it's the travel, being away from the family. It is just time."  

Colorado represented the National League in the 2007 World Series but got swept in the Fall Classic by the eventual champions Boston Red Sox. Does Helton have any regrets not winning a title?

"Obviously, yeah, I wish we did win a World Series. But when I look at it, I think I was very blessed, fortunate to be in the World Series. I look at the lot of things we did accomplish and not the ones we didn't." 

For his part, Rockies owner Dick Monfort said Helton is the icon of Colorado baseball and that he's hoping will still be a part of the organization. 

"For 17 years, No.17 has been the icon of Colorado Rockies baseball. Todd will be missed and our hope is he will be a part of our Colorado baseball family for many more years to come." 

As of Sunay, Helton has a career batting average of .317, 367 home runs, 1,397 RBIs, a .415 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. A five-time MLB All-Star and a three-time Gold Gloves winner, he is the Rockies' all-time leader in games, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, runs and walks. 

He also belted his 2,500th career hit in a home game against the Cincinnati Reds on September 1.

Helton's last home game will be on September 25 against the Red Sox while his final MLB game figures to be on September 29 on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 

According to the Denver Post's Troy E. Renck, "Helton plans on hunting and will resume golfing after taking several years off from the sport to let his back heal. He's not sure if he will keep involved in baseball." 

 

 

 

 
 
 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

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