Todd Helton paused as if stepping out of the batter's box and confidently addressed his future after months of uncertainty. The greatest player in Rockies history will retire at the end of the season he told The Denver Post 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" said Helton sitting next to his wife Christy. "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."
Helton has been bracing for the day when he revealed his intentions to retire publicly for the first time.
Entering spring training he was convinced 17 seasons would be enough but his body sent him mixed signals. He felt better than he had for years after back hip and knee surgeries.
"During the season I definitely wavered. It usually wasn't from having a great game. I just ...