No leader in the Rockies’ clubhouse

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Normally, the people at the top of the food chain get the blame when things go wrong. That’s the way it works; and it’s why words like those mentioned above ring so true. When someone is entrusted with the authority to make decisions or is compensated in a staggering manner because of their talent in a specific field, they are...
Via Mile High Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies Stars Appear Unhappy With Direction of the Team

At 36-51, the Colorado Rockies are bottom feeders over halfway through the 2014 season. They are right there with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Houston Astros with the worst record in baseball. For a couple stars in Colorado, this losing seems to be growing thin on them.  According to Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post, Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez have spoken candidly about...
Via Sportsnaut
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Morneau takes over for icon Helton in Colorado

If you're going to replace Todd Helton at first base in Colorado while wearing Larry Walker's old number, you better have a solid resume. The Rockies are convinced four-time All-Star and former American League MVP Justin Morneau is the answer as they begin the post-Helton era. ''It'd be tough for anybody to have to fill those shoes,'' manager Walt Weiss...
Via AP on Fox
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

5 things to know about the Colorado Rockies

Five things to know about the Colorado Rockies as they start their first spring training camp in two decades without first baseman Todd Helton: ICONIC FIGURE: Helton received a horse as a retirement gift last season and rode off into the sunset. Well, to his farm just north of Denver, anyway. Helton was the face of the franchise, the voice everyone listened to in the locker room...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies to Retire Todd Helton's No. 17; First Jersey in Team History to be Retired

Todd Helton has had a lot to do with the success that the Colorado Rockies have had over the years. Over the span of his career he set all kinds of team records including most hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), RBIs (1,406), games played (2,247), and total bases (4,292).When you have numbers like that it is only fitting that the team...
Via FatManWriting
February 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Rockies to retire Helton's No. 17 jersey

The Colorado Rockies will retire former first baseman Todd Helton's No. 17 on Aug. 17. The club announced its promotional schedule Thursday and it includes a three-day weekend honoring Helton, who retired at the end of last season. Helton will be honored in a ceremony on Aug. 17 before the Rockies play the Cincinnati Reds. Also, Root Sports announced former Rockies outfielder...
Via AP on Fox
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Helton's No. 17 to be retired by Colorado Rockies on Aug. 17

Just hours before Todd Helton played his final home game last September, owner Dick Monfort promised that the first baseman's number would be retired. Thursday, a date was set. He will become the first Rockie to receive the honor for his playing career in a pregame ceremony at Coors Field on Aug. 17, fitting for No. 17. It will conclude "Retire 17" weekend. The three...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Todd Helton’s personal take on retirement from MLB

Tweet Recently retired Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton wrote a column for Sports Illustrated Wednesday, giving his personal take on what he plans to do after 17 seasons of playing professional baseball. We’ll let  Helton take it from here: As I ride off into the sunset on my retirement gift from the Colorado Rockies – a horse named...
Via Los That Sports Blog
November 21, 2013  |  Discuss

GUEST POST: Small Market Sports weighs in on Todd Helton's career with the Colorado Rockies

Todd Helton during the National Western Stock Show in 2010.BY: TAYLOR BEATTYSmall Market SportsColorado is home to some of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the world. They represent stability and strength. No one represented these traits more for the Colorado Rockies than Todd Helton. Some will say it was the thin air and playing his whole career in a “hitter’s park”...
Via Rockies Review
October 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton stays classy with farewell ad in Denver Post

Some trends get old quickly. I can’t say the athlete “thank you” ads to the fans is one of those. It’s a classy move by a player and, despite how it may feel because of the media coverage of such outward displays of gratitude, is still relatively infrequent. Here’s the latest example from longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton. Helton, a five-time All-Star...
Via Legend of Cecilio Guante
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton thanks Colorado fans with full page ad in Denver Post

Todd Helton played his last game on Sunday ending a 17-year career with 2,519 hits and five All-Star selections. Helton took out a full page ad in the Denver Post to thank the fans of the Colorado Rockies. Dear Fans, I want to thank you. For every ticket you bought, for every cheer you led, every rain delay you weathered, every sign you held, every rally cap you sported. Thank you...
October 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton thanks Rockies fans with full page ad in Denver Post

While Mariano Rivera’s retirement has certainly been the most media-focused story of the week, Colorado Rockies Todd Helton quietly bowed out of his playing days in Colorado.  The 5-time All-Star, who spent his entire career in Colorado, finished with 2519 hits, 369 RBI, .316 AVG, and a .414 OBP (higher than a certain Miguel Cabrera to date, if you’re keeping score at home)...
Via Reading Between The Seams
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton Thanks Rockies Fans With Full-Page Ad in Denver Post (Photo)

Todd Helton went out on top on Sunday, closing out his 17-year MLB career with a 2-1 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Helton has spent all 17 of those seasons in Colorado, leading the Rockies to their lone National League pennant in 2007 and retiring as the franchise leader in more than a dozen offensive categories. The Rockies thanked him with an emotional pregame ceremony ...
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Vin Scully Narrates Moving Video Tribute to Todd Helton, Wishes First Baseman ‘Wonderful Life After Baseball’ (Video)

Todd Helton‘s 17-year major league is short in comparison to Vin Scully‘s 64 years behind the microphone. But it was still a memorable ride for Helton and those who got to know the Rockies first baseman. Helton played the final game of his big league career Sunday in Los Angeles. The 40-year-old will now ride off into the sunset after a very successful journey that included five...
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies say so long to Todd Helton

(Eds: Adds details, quotes. With AP Photos.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer All the tributes and tips of the cap to the adoring crowd are now just memories for Todd Helton. On deck, a leisurely life of riding his new horse - a retirement gift from the Colorado Rockies - around his ranch located just a few miles away from the ball park. For the first time in nearly two decades,...
Via AP on Fox
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Photo: Todd Helton takes out full page ad to thank Rockies fans for support

The outstanding career of Todd Helton came to a close on Sunday. On Monday, the most recognizable face in Colorado Rockies franchise history wasted no time in offering his thanks to the fans who supported him through 17 years. The image above is the full page advertisement Helton published in the Denver Post. Thus, officially closing the book on one of the most undervalued...
Via Bush League Chronicle
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Dodgers give Todd Helton a classy send off as Colorado Rockies win finale

Goodbye, Todd Helton. Thank you.Who better to send a legend into retirement than Vin Scully?The Dodgers long-time broadcaster started Sunday off with a rousing tribute to Todd Helton, the Colorado Rockies first legend. The broadcaster, who has a voice of silk and a baseball encyclopedia in his mind, filmed a tribute to Helton that was played before the first pitch. It wished him...
Via Rockies Review
September 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton just two extra base hits shy of 1,000

Todd Helton's final days in a Rockies uniform is the only reason to watch.Some people might be tired of hearing about Todd Helton at his point.However, when the Colorado Rockies lose 15-5 and 11-0 in consecutive baseball games, late in September in a season on the brink of being a 90-loss campaign, there really isn't too much more to talk about.Helton homered and doubled...
Via Rockies Review
September 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Five best moments from Todd Helton's final five seasons

When I worked for the Rockies, we spent a lot of time talking about Todd Helton’s hall of fame candidacy. When Helton recovered from a hairy intestinal issue in 2006 to post the seventh four-win (or better) campaign of his career in 2007, the going thought was that if he was able to just to do that a few more times, he would be a shoo-in for the Hall. He stood at 51.1 WAR through...
Via Fangraphs
September 27, 2013  |  Discuss

Colorado Rockies: Todd Helton’s finale at Coors Field

  Many sports writers in the Colorado area will take to their keyboards today and write about Todd Helton’s final game at Coors Field. They’ll search for the perfect words to describe Helton’s home run in the bottom of the second last night. The home run Helton was destined to hit when he started playing for the Colorado Rockies 17 seasons ago. No matter how talented and...
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton Honored In Last Home Game At Coors Field, Homers In First At-Bat

After an illustrious career spanning seventeen seasons with the Colorado Rockies, the only team he has ever called his own, Todd Helton played his final game at Coors Field last night. Helton, who announced his retirement last week, was honored with a touching ceremony before Wednesday night’s game against the Red Sox in Colorado. When the game began, Helton contributed a touching...
Via Next Impulse Sports
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton Homered In His Final Game At Coors Field

[Video] Todd Helton Homered In His Final Game At Coors Field: In the 1,140 previous home games the 17-year veteran played for the Rockies, his only Major League club, Todd Helton batted .345 and hit 226 home runs. This shouldn’t come as a shock. And yet — the first baseman just turned 40, he’d hit just 14 homers this season and the Rockies don’t exactly command an air of destiny.
Via Hugging Harold Reynolds
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton gets a horse as retirement gift from Rockies

The Colorado Rockies have given retiring first baseman Todd Helton a horse. While Mariano Rivera has gone around collecting gifts at each stop this season, other retiring players have not received such fanfare. Todd Helton, the best of the rest, may have gotten a gift that tops all of the ones received by Rivera. A Tru Bustamove The Rockies presented Helton with the horse prior to...
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Todd Helton's last home game proves there is crying in baseball

Sitting in section 108 row 10 seat 2 at Coors Field on Wednesday night Dylan Casey a Boston Red Sox fan from Aurora found himself in the right place at the right time. In the second inning on a 1-1 pitch from Red Sox starter Jake Peavy Todd Helton drilled a cut fastball into the right-field seats for the 369th home run of his career. The ball took some fortuitous hops before Casey...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Rockies give Todd Helton a horse as retirement gift (Video)

On Wednesday night, the Colorado Rockies honored Todd Helton, who was playing his final game at Coors Field before retiring at the end of the season. Helton has played for the Rockies for his entire 17-year MLB career. The Rockies honored Helton before the game by giving him the opportunity to catch the ceremonial first pitch, which was thrown by his daughter Tierney. As a retirement...
Via Holdout Sports
September 26, 2013  |  Discuss
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