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Encyclopedia > Todd Helton
Todd Helton

Colorado Rockies — No. 17
First Baseman
Born: August 20, 1973 (1973-08-20) (age 34)
Bats: Left Throws: Left 
Major League Baseball debut
August 21997 for the Colorado Rockies
Selected MLB statistics
(through October 1, 2007)
AVG     .332
Hits     1,878
Doubles     455
HR     303
RBI     1,087
OBP     .430
Teams

Todd Lynn Helton[1] (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee)[2] is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 338 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File historyClick on a date/time to view the file as it appeared at that time. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the band, see 1997 (band). ... Batting average is a statistic in both cricket and baseball measuring the performance of cricket batsmen and baseball hitters, respectively. ... In Major League Baseball history, Ty Cobb had a record 4,191 hits (later revised to 4,189) by 1928; Pete Rose would surpass it 57 years later, and finish with 4,256 career hits. ... In baseball, a double is the act of a batter safely reaching second base by striking the ball and getting to second before being made out, without the benefit of a fielders misplay (see error) or another runner being put out on a fielders choice. ... Homerun redirects here. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... The following are the events of the year 1997 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... is the 232nd day of the year (233rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ... Major Leagues redirects here. ... The position of the first baseman First base redirects here. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Ivan Ivankov, Belarus Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: Romania June 8 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: Dmitriy Kapitonov (RUS) 2:12:09 Womens Winner: Carla...

Contents

Before turning pro

High school years

Helton attended Knox Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee and was a letterman in football and baseball. In football, he posted 2772 total yards as quarterback. Nickname: Location within the U.S. State of Tennessee. ...


In baseball, as a senior, he posted a .690 batting average and 12 home runs and was named the Regional Player of the Year. Helton graduated from Central High School in 1992 with a 3.97 grade point average. Central High School is located in Fountain City, Tennessee on Jacksboro Pike. ...


Today a framed photo of Helton in his Colorado Rockies uniform hangs in Central High's commons area.


Football career

Helton received a scholarship from the University of Tennessee to play both football and baseball, after turning down a deal from the San Diego Padres. During his freshman and sophomore years at Tennessee he backed up Heath Shuler at quarterback. Starting his junior season he was the back-up behind Jerry Colquitt and ahead of Peyton Manning. After an injury to Colquitt, Helton got the starting spot only to face injury himself and be replaced by Manning. After first seeing Manning tossing the football in practice, Helton immediately acknowledged his abilities and switched to a full-time baseball player. Following his junior baseball season Helton was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... Joseph Heath Shuler (born December 31, 1971) is an American politician and former professional football player. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ...


Draft and debut

Helton was drafted in the 1st round, 5th overall, in 1995 by the Colorado Rockies. Todd spent the next few years playing for the high A Asheville Tourists, AA New Haven Ravens, and AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox. He made his major-league debut on July 21, 1997. Colorado Rockies National League AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox AA Tulsa Drillers A Modesto Nuts Asheville Tourists Tri-City Dust Devils R Casper Rockies The Asheville Tourists are a minor league baseball team in Asheville, North Carolina, USA. They are a Class A team in the South Atlantic League, and... Categories: Baseball stubs | Minor league baseball teams | New Hampshire sports ... Colorado Rockies National League AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox AA Tulsa Drillers A Modesto Nuts Asheville Tourists Tri-City Dust Devils R Casper Rockies The Colorado Springs Sky Sox are a minor league baseball team in Colorado Springs, Colorado. ...


Major-league career

Helton is a solid first baseman, the winner of three Gold Glove Awards (2001, 2002, 2004). As of the end of the 2007 season, he has the highest batting average among all active players at .3316, placing him second behind Tony Gwynn (.338) among all players whose careers began after World War II.[3] Although Ichiro Suzuki has a .333 average for his MLB career, higher than that of Helton, he will not have enough at-bats to qualify for career leadership until the 2008 season. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Anthony Keith Gwynn (born May 9, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is a former right fielder in Major League Baseball, statistically one of the best and most consistent hitters in baseball history. ... Ichiro Suzuki ), often known simply as Ichiro ), is a Japanese outfielder for the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. ...


Through the 2007 season, he had the highest career batting average of any active player with enough at-bats to qualify for career leadership (.3316), and was 2nd in on base percentage (.430), 4th in slugging percentage (.583), 7th in intentional walks (162), and 10th in doubles (455). Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


In addition, Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (1,878), home runs (303), doubles (455), walks (980), runs scored (1,104), RBI (1,087), on-base percentage (.430), games played (1,578), total bases (3,304), and other categories.


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1997-1999: Early Career

After the end of the 1997 season he hit .280/.337/.484 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage), with 5 home runs. When Andrés Galarraga went to the Atlanta Braves in 1998, Helton proved to be a worthy replacement, hitting .315/.380/.530, with 25 home runs and 97 RBI while finishing second in the NL Rookie of the Year race. In 1999 Helton carried the Rockies on his back by hitting .320/.395/.587, with 35 home runs and 113 RBI, and drawing 68 walks. They finished an unimpressive 72-90. Since then, he has consistently remained Colorado's best hitter. Andrés José Padovani Galarraga [gal-lar-RAH-ga] (born June 18, 1961 in Caracas, Venezuela) was a Major League Baseball first baseman who played for the Montreal Expos, St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) East Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 3, 21, 35, 41, 42, 44 Name Atlanta Braves (1966–present) Milwaukee Braves (1953-1965) Boston Braves (1941-1952) Boston Bees (1936-1940) Boston Braves (1912-1935) Boston Rustlers (1911) Boston Doves (1907-1910) Boston... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... In Major League Baseball, the Rookie of the Year Award is given to the best first-year players in the American and National Leagues. ...


On June 19, 1999, Todd Helton hit for the cycle against the Florida Marlins. Helton fell short of hitting a second cycle on four different occasions during the 1999 season, which would have made him only the second player since 1900 to hit two cycles in one season. [1] is the 170th day of the year (171st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Eric Davis hit for the cycle in 1989 Hitting for the cycle is a baseball accomplishment characterized by a player hitting a single, a double, a triple and a home run in the same game, though not necessarily in that order. ...


2000-2004: Mid-career

In 2000, Helton enjoyed his best season, leading the National League hitters in batting average (.372) and also winning the overall major league batting title over the American League-leading Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra. In 2000, Helton led the major leagues in RBI's (147), hits (216), doubles (59), total bases (405), on base percentage (.463), slugging average (.698) and OPS (1.162). Helton became only the 4th player in National League history to lead the NL in both batting average and RBI's. He also received National League Player of the Month awards for May and August. Helton finished 5th in voting for the MVP award. Baseball Digest named Helton the Player of the Year. The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... Anthony Nomar Garciaparra (born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California) is a Mexican-American baseball player who currently plays third base for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... The Player of the Month award is a Major League Baseball award named by each league every month of the regular season. ... Baseball Digest is a baseball magazine resource that was first published in August of 1942, and is the oldest baseball magazine in the country. ...


The next season, 2001, was another impressive one for Helton, who had a career high 49 home runs and 146 RBI. Additionally, he averaged .336/.432/.685 and drew 98 walks. The 49 home runs tied his teammate Larry Walker for the most home runs ever by a Colorado Rockies player in a single season. Helton was a top candidate for MVP, but was overshadowed by Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.. Helton had a good season in 2002, hitting .329 and leading the Rockies with 30 homers and 109 RBI. In 2003, he was in the closest NL batting race in history. He hit .358, but Albert Pujols, who hit .359, won the batting title. Helton added 35 home runs and 117 RBI. In 2004, Helton hit .347, but was beaten by Barry Bonds' .362. Helton hit 32 homers and finished with 96 RBI. “Pujols” redirects here. ...


In the midst of this success, the Rockies chose to reward Helton a nine-year, $141.5 million dollar contract before the start of the 2003 season.


2005-2006: Recent Years

During the 2005 season, Helton had the biggest offensive slump in his career. Helton would bounce back to hit .383 (92-for-240) over the final 69 games. Beginning July 1, he had the highest average in the majors, 24 points higher than the next closest batter (Cleveland's Víctor Martínez, .359). In 2005, he injured his left calf muscle forcing him out of play from July 26 to August 9th. It was the first time Helton was on the disabled list. In 144 games, Helton hit .320 with 20 homers and 81 RBI's. The 2006 season was also a tough year for him, as he would be on the disabled list once again, this time due to a stomach virus. He played 145 games during the 2006 season, batting .302 with 15 homers and 81 RBI's. That offseason, the Rockies attempted to trade him to the Boston Red Sox. The deal fell through when the Red Sox refused to give up top prospects Craig Hansen and Manny Delcarmen. For other persons of the same name, see Víctor Martínez. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 4, 8, 9, 27, 42 Name Boston Red Sox (1908–present) Boston Americans (1901-1907) Other nicknames The BoSox, The Olde Towne Team, The Sox Ballpark Fenway Park (1912–present) Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds... Craig Hansen (born November 15, 1983 in Glen Cove, New York) is a relief pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. ... Manuel (Manny) Delcarmen (born February 16, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States) is a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who plays for the Boston Red Sox. ...


2007-present

Helton's power and RBI production stayed relatively level to his previous year's stats during the 2007 season, as he managed 17 home runs and 91 RBI. Despite these numbers being below his career averages, Helton has so far kept up his string of seven consecutive seasons with an On-Base Percentage higher than .400, nine consecutive seasons with a batting average above .300, and has also been walked more times than he has struck out (a feat he has accomplished in seven of his first ten full seasons).


Helton got his 1,000th career hit in Coors Field on June 20, 2007, against the New York Yankees, becoming only the fourth active player to have 1,000 hits in his own ballpark. Coors Field, located in Denver, Colorado is the home field of the National Leagues Colorado Rockies. ... is the 171st day of the year (172nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations American League (1901–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 32, 37, 44, 49 Name New York Yankees (1913–present) New York Highlanders (1903-1912) Baltimore Orioles (1901-1902) (Also referred to as...


On September 9, 2007, in a game against the San Diego Padres, Helton hit his 35th double of the season. This made him the first and only player in MLB history to have hit 35 or more doubles in at least 10 consecutive seasons (1998 - Present). [2] is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ...


Helton hit his 300th career home run on September 17, 2007 in a game against the Florida Marlins. He became the first player to hit 300 home runs for the Colorado Rockies. is the 260th day of the year (261st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) East Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 5, 42 Name Florida Marlins (1993–present) Other nicknames The Fish Ballpark Dolphin Stadium (1993–present) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ...


Helton made what was arguably the most pivotal play of the Rockies' 2007 season in the second game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 18th, 2007. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and two strikes, Helton hit an emotional two-run walk-off home run off of Dodgers closer Takashi Saito. The home run kept the Rockies alive in the bid for the wild card and National League West titles. The Rockies eventually clinched the National League wild card in a wild card tiebreaker game against the San Diego Padres, allowing Helton to appear in the playoffs for the first time in his career. Colorado went on to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies in three games of the National League Division Series. Helton hit a triple in the first pitch of his first career playoff at bat in the opening game against the Phillies at Philadelphia. The Rockies also swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games of the National League Championship Series, sending the Rockies on their first trip to the World Series in franchise history. Doubleheader is the term used to describe two baseball games played between the same two teams on the same day. ... Major league affiliations National League (1890–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 4, 19, 20, 24, 32, 39, 42, 53 Name Los Angeles Dodgers (1958–present) Brooklyn Dodgers (1932-1957) Brooklyn Robins (1914-1931) Brooklyn Dodgers (1913) Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers (1911-1912) Brooklyn Superbas (1899... September 18 is the 261st day of the year (262nd in leap years). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... In baseball, a walk-off home run is a home run which ends the game. ... Mariano Rivera is the closing pitcher for the New York Yankees. ... Takashi Saito , born February 14, 1970 in Miyagi Prefecture, Japan) is a relief pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers. ... The term wild card was originally used in card games, but the term has evolved to describe what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary calls an unknown or unpredictable factor in any number of domains. ... In Major League Baseball, the National League Western Division, or NL West, is one of three subdivisions of the National League. ... For other uses, see National League (disambiguation). ... The term wild card was originally used in card games, but the term has evolved to describe what the Merriam-Webster Dictionary calls an unknown or unpredictable factor in any number of domains. ... On October 1, 2007, after both the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies finished the regular season with records of 89-73, the Rockies hosted the National Leagues first wild card playoff since 1999. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... Major league affiliations National League (1883–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 14, 20, 32, 36, 42 Name Philadelphia Phillies (1884–present) Philadelphia Quakers (1883-1889) (Also referred to as Blue Jays 1943-1945 despite formal name remaining Phillies) Other nicknames The Phils, The Phightin Phils... The 2007 National League Division Series (NLDS) will take place at the end of the baseball season of 2007 and will pit the winners of the divisions plus the wildcard against each other. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998–present) West Division (1998–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Arizona Diamondbacks (1998–present) Other nicknames The D-backs, The Snakes Ballpark Chase Field (1998–present) a. ... The 2007 National League Championship Series (NLCS) is the second round of the 2007 National League playoffs. ... For other events named World Series, see World Series (disambiguation). ...


Helton is currently in the fifth year of a nine-year, $141.5 million dollar contract and will be a free agent following the 2011 season.


Coors Field Effect

There is some evidence Helton's impressive statistics are the results of playing his home games at hitter-friendly Coors Field. As of September 29, 2007, Helton has batted .367 in Colorado, and .295 on the road. He has averaged one home run per 15.5 at bats at Coors Field versus one home run per 23.8 at bats on the road. In a similar number of at bats (2849 at home, 2807 on the road), Helton has 225 more RBI at Coors than on the road. He also has scored more runs (685 vs 417), has a higher on base average (.465 vs .394), slugging average (.662 vs .502), and OPS (1.127 vs .897) at Coors Field. Helton also walks less, hits fewer doubles and triples, steals fewer bases, and strikes out more frequently on the road.[4] However, it should been noted that one of the reasons for any substantial differences in home and road splits for Rockies batters is that they have to make adjustments in how they see pitches away from Coors Field - particularly breaking balls, such as sliders and curve balls - since those pitches act differently at Coors Field than on the road.[5] In baseball statistics, on base percentage (OBP) (sometimes referred to as on base average (OBA)) is a measure of how often a batter gets to first base for any reason other than a fielding error or a fielders choice. ... Barry Bonds holds the MLB record for highest slugging average in a season (.863). ... In baseball statistics, on-base plus slugging (denoted by OPS) incorporates on base percentage (OBP) and slugging percentage (SLG). ...


Career Statistics

Year Team G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG TB SF SH HBP IBB GIDP
1997 COL 35 93 13 26 2 1 5 11 8 11 0 1 .280 .337 .484 45 0 0 0 0 1
1998 COL 152 530 78 167 37 1 25 97 53 54 3 3 .315 .380 .530 281 5 1 6 5 15
1999 COL 159 578 114 185 39 5 35 113 68 77 7 6 .320 .395 .587 339 4 0 6 6 14
2000 COL 160 580 138 216 59 2 42 147 103 61 5 3 .372 .463 .698 405 10 0 4 22 12
2001 COL 159 587 132 197 54 2 49 146 98 104 7 5 .336 .432 .685 402 5 1 5 15 14
2002 COL 156 553 107 182 39 4 30 109 99 91 5 1 .329 .429 .577 319 10 0 5 21 10
2003 COL 160 583 135 209 49 5 33 117 111 72 0 4 .358 .458 .630 367 7 0 2 21 19
2004 COL 154 547 115 190 49 2 32 96 127 72 3 0 .347 .469 .620 339 6 0 3 19 12
2005 COL 144 509 92 163 45 2 20 79 106 80 3 0 .320 .445 .534 272 1 1 9 22 14
2006 COL 145 546 94 165 40 5 15 81 91 64 3 2 .302 .404 .476 260 6 0 6 15 10
2007 COL 154 557 86 178 42 2 17 91 116 74 0 1 .320 .434 .494 275 7 0 2 16 15
Totals: 1,578 5,663 1,104 1,878 455 31 303 1,087 980 760 36 26 .332 .430 .583 3,304 61 3 48 162 136

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Quotes

I don't try to be a Christian to be a better baseball player. I try to be a Christian to be a better person and father. I struggle with it every day, like everyone else in the world. I want to be a better person, like everybody else. We're dirtbags, like 99 percent of the world. Maybe worse, because we are baseball players. Some guys are Christians and some guys aren't.[6]

— when discussing the 2006 controversy over Christian rules within the Rockies organization.

I have no idea; I have no idea how we just won that ballgame.[3] Major league affiliations National League (1993–present) West Division (1993–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 42 Name Colorado Rockies (1993–present) Other nicknames The Rocks, The Rox, Blake Street Bombers, Hurdles Heroes. ...

— when asked on ESPN how the Rockies managed to beat the San Diego Padres in the 2007 National League wild card tie-breaker game using 10 pitchers.

You know, if Peyton played first base, he'd be my backup.[7] ESPN, formerly an acronym for Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting and producing sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ... Major league affiliations National League (1969–present) West Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 6, 19, 31, 35, 42 Name San Diego Padres (1969–present) Other nicknames The Pads, The Friars, The Fathers, The Dads Ballpark PETCO Park (2004–present) Qualcomm Stadium (1969-2003) a. ... On October 1, 2007, after both the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies finished the regular season with records of 89-73, the Rockies hosted the National Leagues first wild card playoff since 1999. ...

— after being asked about being the backup quarterback of Peyton Manning while attending the University of Tennessee.

Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ...

Accomplishments

  • No. 10 in Major League history in On base percentage, .430
  • 5-time All-Star (2000-2004)
  • 4-time Silver Slugger (2000-2003, most out of all MLB first basemen)
  • 4-time National League Player of the Month (May 2000, August 2000, May 2002, April 2003)
  • 3-time National League Gold Glove winner (2001, 2002, 2004)
  • Dick Howser Trophy (Best National College Baseball Player, 1995)
  • The Sporting News Rookie of the Year Award (1998)
  • Hit for the cycle (June 19, 1999)
  • National League Batting Champion (2000)
  • Baseball Digest Player of the Year (2000)
  • NL Hank Aaron Award (2001)
  • The Associated Press Player of the Year award (2001)
  • Helton is the only player in MLB history to have 100-plus extra base hits in consecutive seasons: 103 in 2000, and 105 in 2001. The only others to do it twice in their careers, but not consecutively, were Lou Gehrig [1927 (117), 1930 (100)] and Chuck Klein [1930 (107), 1932 (103)].
  • Helton is also one of only three players to have reached 400 total bases in consecutive seasons (405 in 2000, 402 in 2001). Klein accomplished this feat in 1929 and 1930, and Jimmie Foxx did so in 1932 and 1933. Lou Gehrig reached 400 total bases in four seasons (1927, 1930, 1931, 1934), and Klein did so once more (1932). The other players to reach 400 total bases twice in a career were Babe Ruth (1921, 1927), Rogers Hornsby (1922, 1929), and Sammy Sosa (1998, 2001).
  • Among active players with at least 4,000 at bats, he is currently: second in batting average (.3316) to Ichiro Suzuki (.333), with Albert Pujols (.3315) nipping at Helton's heels, second in on-base percentage (.430), and fourth in slugging percentage (.583), behind Albert Pujols (.620), Barry Bonds (.607), and Manny Ramírez (.593) respectively.
  • Colorado Rockies Career Leader in On-base Percentage (.430), Games (1,578), At Bats (5,663), Plate Appearances (6,758), Runs (1,104), Hits (1,878), Total Bases (3,304), Doubles (455), Home Runs (303), RBI (1,087), Walks (980), Singles (1,089), Runs Created (1,459), Extra-Base Hits (789), Times on Base (2,906), Sacrifice Flies (61) and Intentional Walks (162).
  • Hit 3 Home Runs against the Montreal Expos on May 1, 2000 and against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 29, 2003.
  • Only player in MLB history to hit 35 or more doubles in at least 10 consecutive seasons (1998 - Present)

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Personal life

Helton wears number 17 in tribute to Mark Grace of the Cubs. Incidentally, Grace wore 17 because Keith Hernandez wore 17. Hernandez wore 17 with the Mets because he could not wear number 37, his number with the Cardinals, 37 being retired for Casey Stengel. Hernandez wore both 37 and 17 to honor Mickey Mantle, whose number was 7. Mark Eugene Grace (born June 28, 1964 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina) is a former Major League Baseball player for 16 seasons with the Chicago Cubs and Arizona Diamondbacks. ... Cubs may refer to The Chicago Cubs baseball team The Wolf Cubs; the junior age group of the Scouting movement This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Keith Hernandez (born October 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California) is a former Major League Baseball first baseman, who played for the St. ... The New York Mets are a Major League Baseball team based in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 1, 2, 6, 9, 14, 17, 20, 42, 42, 45, 85 Name St. ... Charles Dillon Casey Stengel (July 30, 1890 - September 29, 1975), nicknamed The Old Professor, was an American baseball player and manager from the early 1910s into the 1960s. ... Mickey Charles Mantle (October 20, 1931 – August 13, 1995) was an American baseball player who was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1974. ...


Helton and his family -- wife Christy and daughter Tierney Faith (9/24/02) -- reside in Brighton, Colorado. Brighton is a city located in Adams County, Colorado. ...


As stated earlier, Helton was the backup quarterback to Peyton Manning while at the University of Tennessee. Coincidentally, his current Rockies teammate Seth Smith was the backup to Manning's younger brother Eli Manning while at the University of Mississippi. Furthermore, current Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe was Helton's quarterback coach at Tennessee and Smith's head coach at Ole Miss.[8] Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American football quarterback who plays for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. ... The University of Tennessee (UT), sometimes called the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UT Knoxville or UTK), is the flagship institution of the statewide land-grant University of Tennessee public university system in the American state of Tennessee. ... Garry Seth Smith (born September 30, 1982 in Jackson, Mississippi) is an American professional baseball player. ... Elisha Nelson Eli Manning (born January 3, 1981 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a professional American football player and the starting quarterback for the New York Giants of the NFL. He is the younger brother of Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning and the son of Archie Manning. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... David Cutcliffe, former head football coach at the University of Mississippi David Cutcliffe (born September 16, 1954) is the offensive coordinator for the University of Tennessee Volunteers and the former head coach of the Ole Miss Rebels. ...


See also

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References

  1. ^ Todd Helton Statistics. Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  2. ^ ESPN - Todd Helton Stats, News, Photos - Colorado Rockies - MLB Baseball. ESPN.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.
  3. ^ All-Time Batting Average Leaders (Top 50). Major League Baseball. Retrieved on 2007-11-16. Gwynn is 15th all-time and Helton 21st. The only player above them in batting average who played after World War II was Ted Williams, whose career began in 1939, before the U.S. entered the war.
  4. ^ Todd Helton's career split stats. Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved on September 30, 2007.
  5. ^ http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/columns/story?columnist=rogers_phil&id=2046292
  6. ^ http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/mlb/article/0,2777,DRMN_23924_4741695,00.html
  7. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20071020&content_id=2273716&vkey=ps2007news&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
  8. ^ Lindsey Korsick (July 26, 2007). Player Profile - Seth Smith. Colorado Springs Sky Sox. Retrieved on 2007-10-19.

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Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season.
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Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973 in Knoxville, Tennessee) is a Major League Baseball first baseman who has played for the Colorado Rockies since the 1997 season.
Todd Helton was drafted in the 1st round 8th overall in the 1995 by the Colorado Rockies.
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