It's been a great run for Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. He is a Rockies icon, a man who has done something rare in the modern era of professional baseball. He has played has played for one team his entire career. As the Associated Press reports on September 15, the 40-year-old Helton plans to retire at the end of the season.
Helton's last game will be at Coors Field on Sept. 25 as the Rockies wrap up their season and it will be an emotional day for both fans and teammates as the five-time All-Star walks on the field for the final time. Helton's decision to retire was released in a statement by the team. Rockies owner Dick Monfort said, "For seventeen years, number 17 has been the icon of Colorado Rockies baseball."
His leadership off the field translated into career numbers he is leaving the game quite proud of. In 2,235 career games, Todd Helton hit .317 with 367 home runs, 1,397 RBIs, 1,394 runs and a .415 on-base percentage. He is the Rockies' leader in the organization's short history in games, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, runs and walks.
It is a sure thing that number 17 will one day be retired by the team.