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Rockies icon Helton to retire after the season

By: News Services
September 14, 2013 Updated: September 14, 2013 at 10:36 pm
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photo - Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (17) in the fifth inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton (17) in the fifth inning during a baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri) 

DENVER – Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton announced Saturday that he will retire from Major League Baseball following the end of the Rockies 2013 season on September 29. Helton will retire having played all 17 Major League seasons with the Rockies.

“For seventeen years number “17” has been the icon of Colorado Rockies baseball,” said Rockies Owner/Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Dick Monfort. “Todd will be missed and our hope is he will be a part of our Colorado baseball family for many more years to come. Thanks Todd!”

Helton, 40, is a career .317 (2505-for-7913) hitter with 586 doubles, 37 triples, 367 home runs, 1,397 RBI, 1,394 runs, 1,333 walks, a .415 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage in 2,235 career Major League games, all with Colorado. A five-time MLB All-Star (2000-2004), Helton was selected in the first round (eighth overall) of the 1995 June Draft by the Rockies out of the University of Tennessee. Helton played his entire professional career with the Rockies organization, and will retire as the organization’s all-time statistical leader in an abundance of categories, including games, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, runs and walks.

The Knoxville, TN native joined Hall-of-Famer Stan Musial as the only two players in MLB history to have at least 2,500 hits, 550 doubles, 350 home runs and at least a .310 career batting average when he collected his 2,500th career hit on September 1, 2013 vs. Cincinnati. Helton is the only player in Major League history to have at least 2,270 hits, 1,280 runs, 530 doubles, 330 home runs, 1,250 RBI and 1,200 walks all before playing in his 2,000th MLB game.

The 2000 Associated Press and Baseball Digest Major League Player of the Year will retire ranking in the top-100 in Major League history in several statistical categories, including: hits (2,505, 96th), doubles (586, 16th), home runs (367, 75th), RBI (1,397, 63rd), runs (1,394, 91st), walks (1,333, T-35th), extra-base hits (990, 38th), total bases (4,266, 58th), batting average (.317, 50th), on-base percentage (.415, 20th), slugging percentage (.539, 32nd) and OPS (.954, 19th). Additionally, the three-time Gold Glover will retire in the top-5 all–time in games played at first base (2,164, 5th) and fielding percentage at first base (.996, 3rd).

Helton’s final home game of his career will be Wednesday, September 25th vs. Boston at 6:40 p.m. MDT.

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