Todd Helton sat down on the sofa, not a rocking chair, and talked about his future. At 38, the Rockies' first baseman isn't at the end of his career, but he can see it from here. He has two years remaining on his contract and insists that he has not thought about retirement.

"To me, 35-36 is different from 38. It's pretty close to 40," said Helton in equal parts truth and wit. "It's a young man's game. And I am just trying to get by today. I am not a planner. My wife can attest to that. I don't like making plans. I don't like following plans. Trust me, I will know when I am done, and when I am done, I am done."

Helton, regarded as one of the game's premier hitters since he debuted in 1997, plans on being a Rockie beyond when his deal expires after the 2013 season. For the first time, the first baseman admitted that he wants to work for the only franchise he has ever known after he's done playing. Watching his children grow up would likely preclude coaching, but Helton is open to other avenues.

"I would be honored to be part of the Rockies in whatever way I could help. I don't know if I would be able to put in the time commitment to be a coach. And I am not good at the meeting thing. They meet more than a corporation," Helton said. "I would like to learn other aspects of it. I don't know what that would be. That's up to them."