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What to Expect from Colorado Rockies 1B Todd Helton

January 12th, 2013 at 3:41 PM
By Milton Herman

As it became official that Rockies 1B Todd Helton would be returning for the 2013 season, thoughts arose on what he can contribute to the team. 

Offense – Offensive production is a question mark for the former Tennessee quarterback. Helton will turn 40 in August and is far removed from his 30 plus home run days. He has hit over .300 in all but two seasons as a starter. An ideal fit for the six hole, Helton needs to have more walks than strikeouts, a feat he hasn't achieved since 2009.

Defense – The closest thing to a guarantee for the 2013 Rockies is that Helton will be rock solid at first base. The three time gold glove winner continues to be impressive as he enters his 17th season. In 2011, Helton had the second best fielding percentage (.997) in the majors in 2011. 

Leadership – The no-nonsense, lead by example attitude will be a blessing for the young Rockies. Helton has played with Colorado his entire career and has Hall of Fame potential numbers. New Rockies manager Walt Weiss was one of the factors that led to Helton returning for likely his last year. Weiss said Helton is one of those unique guys, adding,

“He is one of those unique guys, he’s a great, great pro,” said Weiss.

'Todd Helton' photo (c) 2009, SD Dirk - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/Health – Before 2007, Helton was the model for durability. Playing in at least 144 games since becoming an everyday starter in 1998. Last year and 2008 were injury hampered, causing him to play fewer than 100 games.

He would not have played if he knew he couldn’t contribute on a regular basis so I expect more than 100 games and a .280 average from Helton.  

Tags: Baseball, Colorado, Colorado Rockies, MLB, Todd Helton, Walt Weiss

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