Is it really a surprise that Todd Helton is the Rockies’ all-time franchise leader in hits and home runs?
Playing 17 seasons, all for Colorado, definitely helped the five-time All-Star and 2000 NL batting champ.
Helton, who will turn 40 in August, leads the franchise with 2,453 hits and 360 homers (through June 12). Larry Walker ranks second in both categories at 1,361 and 258.
Helton also leads the team in RBI (1,370), runs (1,373) career total bases (4,179), doubles (574), walks (1,308) and games played (2,168). He is second in batting average (.319) and on-base percentage (.417) and sixth in slugging percentage (.543).
Among active players, Helton ranks first in doubles, second in on-base percentage, fourth in hits, total bases and runs, fifth in RBI and batting average and eighth in slugging percentage.
In 2000, he won the NL batting crown with a .372 average and led the league with 147 RBI. Helton finished fifth in NL MVP voting that season even though he had a higher average and more RBI than the four players ahead of him — winner Jeff Kent, Barry Bonds, Mike Piazza and Jim Edmonds.
The former University of Tennessee two-sport star also won three Gold Gloves at first base in 2001, ’02 and ’04.
An interesting fact: Helton was the Vols’ backup QB as a freshman and sophomore, took over the starting role early in his junior year, but was injured and replaced by a guy by the name of Peyton Manning.
The Rockies are probably happy the way things turned out for Helton in Knoxville.
But will he end up in Cooperstown? Watch the above video to hear his case.