How do you tell the greatest hitter in Rockies history his time is up as an everyday player?

When Todd Helton's name is written on the starting lineup card, there are now days when you wonder if Jim Tracy is managing more with his heart than his head.

It's emotionally difficult to phase out Helton, the team's first legitimate Hall of Fame candidate.

If at-bats are based on merit, however, Tracy must find a way to play Helton less. As his brilliant career winds down, Helton should take a place on the bench four games out of 10.