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Todd Helton 17 Year Career Coming To An End

Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettite are getting all the headlines as both Yankee greats are retiring at the end of the season, but they are not the only big names retiring. The best player so far in Colorado Rockies history Todd Helton is also retiring. You wouldn’t know that this was his final season if you aren’t a Rockies fan as no one has been talking about the possible future Hall of Famer.

Some people may say that Todd Helton was one of the most underrated players over the last 20 years. One of the main reason why is because he plays in Denver and the Rockies have only made the playoffs twice (2007 & 2009) and reached the World Series once (2007) in his 17 year career. As great as Helton’s career was he only finished in the top 5 in MVP voting once in 2000.

The year 2000 was by far his best season in the Major Leagues as he batted a league high .372, led the league with 147 RBI’s and 216 hits which also led the league. In the year 1998 Helton’s first full Major League he batted over .300, 97 RBI’s and won the NL Rookie of the Year. Helton was a 5 time NL All Star.

Now the question is Todd Helton a Hall of Famer? With a career line of 2514 hits, 368 home runs 591 doubles and a career average of .316, he very well could be but probably not a 1st ballot Hall of Famer. It may be a long wait though for Helton to get his call in to the Hall. He doesn’t have over 400 home runs or 3000 hits so this is going to be an interesting case as to whether he will get into the Hall.

In the end Helton will go down as one of the best players to ever wear a Rockies uniform.

(AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

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