Todd Helton RUMORS & NEWS

  • Todd Helton's No. 17 to be retired by Colorado Rockies on Aug. 17

    Denver Post "Just hours before Todd Helton played his final home game last September, owner Dick Monfort promised that the first baseman's number would be retired. Thursday, a date was set. He will become the first Rockie to receive the honor for his playing career in a pregame ceremony at Coors Field on..." February 06

  • Todd Helton will be in Cooperstown.. Or at least his bat will be

    Denver Post "Todd Helton doesn’t like surprises. He saddled up to reliever Matt Belisle before Wednesday’s game and wanted answers. “I told him he could handle it. It was going to be a lot of tipping his cap” Belisle said. “Then he goes out there and hits a home run (in his first at-bat). He turned to me in..." September 26

  • Helton goes out with a bang, Rockies give him a horse

    Denver Post "Sitting in section 108 row 10 seat 2 at Coors Field on Wednesday night Dylan Casey a Boston Red Sox fan from Aurora found himself in the right place at the right time. In the second inning on a 1-1 pitch from Red Sox starter Jake Peavy Todd Helton drilled a cut fastball into the right-field seats..." September 26

  • Todd Helton, Rockies spoil Cardinals' chance for division lead

    Denver Post "With his club reduced to the roll of September spoiler for the third straight season first-year manager Walt Weiss is hoping the Rockies can still land a few punches. They did just that Monday night at Coors Field decking the Cardinals 6-2 with a four-run rally in the eighth inning. Catcher..." September 17

  • Todd Helton to retire after 17 seasons with Rockies

    Denver Post "Todd Helton paused as if stepping out of the batter's box and confidently addressed his future after months of uncertainty. The greatest player in Rockies history will retire at the end of the season he told The Denver Post on Saturday. "Yes this is it. It just seems like it's time. It's a..." September 15

  • Rockies' Todd Helton still hitting well at age 40

    Denver Post "For Todd Helton 40 is apparently the new 20-something. The veteran first baseman who turned the big four-oh Aug. 20 hit his 13th home run Friday night in the ninth inning giving the Rockies a brief 3-2 lead over the Padres. Helton has clubbed five homers since Aug. 26 making him one of just..." September 08

  • Todd Helton doubles in the seventh to record 2,500th career hit

    Hardball Talk "Long time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton sliced a double down the left field line against Reds reliever Curtis Partch in the bottom of the seventh for his 2500th career hit. Helton narrowly beat left fielder Chris Heisey‘s throw to second base for the double. There was a brief pause in the game..." September 01

  • Rockies still looking for Todd Helton's heir at first base

    Denver Post "Has the time come to ask who's going to be on first base next season for the Rockies? Todd Helton has been a fixture there so long that it seems as if he'll be there forever. For 16 years, anyway, Helton's presence at first base has caused the likes of Brad Hawpe and Garret Atkins to change..." July 13

  • Todd Helton pleads guilty to drunken driving charge

    Denver Post "Todd Helton entered a guilty plea Tuesday to "driving while ability impaired," saying he is "very regretful." The judge ordered Helton to 1year of probation and 24 hours of community service. Helton left the courtoom through the back. He was arrested in Thornton in February after a witness..." May 07

  • Troy Tulowitzki starts; Todd Helton, Jhoulys Chacin should be ready Sunday

    Denver Post "Todd Helton is driving his teammates nuts on the bench. He even took to sweeping the dugout in Arizona to pass the time. Yeah, he’s ready to return to the roster. He continued making progress Wednesday, taking batting practice on the field. Without any setbacks, he will be activated Sunday..." May 01

  • Todd Helton lands on Rockies' DL with strained forearm

    Denver Post "While a stranger to home runs, Todd Helton still exudes willpower. He's always felt he could stare down a pitcher, find a weakness and exploit it. Injuries are no different. He takes a shot, rubs some dirt on it, and rolls up his sleeves. That's who he is, and why he will be in the Hall of Fame..." April 26

  • Rockies place Helton (forearm) on 15-day DL

    Rotoworld "Rockies placed 1B Todd Helton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to April 20, with left forearm inflammation. Helton has struggled to make any progress this week, so the move became increasingly inevitable. Ryan Wheeler has been called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs and will provide..." April 25

  • Helton feeling need to play despite forearm strain

    MLB.com "Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said Tuesday morning he hoped to play the nightcap of a day-night doubleheader against the Braves, after suffering a left forearm strain Friday. But with temperatures in the 20s and no way to tell if they would rise or how much, manager Walt Weiss said Helton..." April 23

  • Todd Helton hopes to avoid time on disabled list

    Denver Post "These are the Rockies, after all. So despite their tied-for-baseball-best 13-5 record, despite their 8-1 mark at Coors Field, injuries cause consternation. First, opening-day starter Jhoulys Chacin lands on the disabled list, with Tyler Chatwood in line to take his spot Wednesday. Then, first..." April 23

  • Helton's RBIs push Rockies past Mets in snowy Game 1 of doubleheader

    Denver Post "After every employee helped shovel snow Tuesday — owner Dick Monfort included — the Rockies dug themselves out of an early hole and chilled the Mets 8-4 at frigid Coors Field. In conditions more suited for Peak 9 at Breckenridge, Todd Helton delivered a two-RBI single in the fifth inning to win..." April 16

  • Rockies' Todd Helton: What does he have left for likely final season?

    Denver Post "The question was blunt. "Can you still hit .300?" So was the answer. "I plan on it," Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton said, his eyes flashing at the challenge. Self-confidence convinced Helton — a career .320 hitter with 2,420 hits — to return for a 17th big-league season, which..." March 05

  • Todd Helton's Hall of Fame Case

    Purple Row "Todd Helton will turn 40 in August, and his contract with the Rockies will expire in November. Though he hasn't made any announcements regarding a possible retirement at season's end, it would shock no one if this was the veteran first baseman's final season. Whenever he does hang up his spikes,..." February 26

  • Speaking about DUI for first time, Helton disappointed, apologetic

    Denver Post "This is the last place Todd Helton expected to be after the Rockies' first full-squad workout Sunday at Salt River Fields. Eleven days after being charged with drunken and careless driving, Helton addressed the media in the theater room, apologizing for his "monumental mistake" and saying he has..." February 18

  • Details emerge in DUI case involving Rockies star Todd Helton

    Denver Post "Rockies first baseman Todd Helton said he had "two igloo cups of red wine" before being arrested early Wednesday on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving, according to an incident report released by the Thornton Police Department on Thursday. Helton's admission occurred..." February 08

  • Todd Helton arrested for DUI early Wednesday; Rockies "disappointed"

    Denver Post "Rockies first baseman Todd Helton apologized Wednesday after his arrest for driving under the influence and careless driving in Thornton, making no excuses for his actions and asking for forgiveness. Reached Wednesday, a distraught Helton, 39, repeatedly said he was sorry but chose not to talk on..." February 07

  • Rockies 1B Todd Helton arrested for DUI

    Purple Row "Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol early Wednesday morning in Thornton, Colo., the club announced in a statement. Per the police report, Helton was pulled over at 2:39 a.m. near 128th and Colorado Boulevard (via Troy Renck)...." February 06

  • Todd Helton arrested for DUI early Wednesday morning

    Denver Post "The Rockies announced Wednesday that Todd Helton, 39, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in Thornton earlier that morning. "We were extremely disappointed to learn that Todd was arrested this morning. This type of behavior is taken very seriously by our organization," the..." February 06

  • Todd Helton says he will return to Colorado Rockies for likely final season

    Denver Post "here was no epiphany. Rockies star Todd Helton just followed his body's lead and listened to his head. Three months of workouts and recent batting practice told him that his surgically repaired left hip was healed and his desire to play remained strong, leading to his return for what likely will..." January 11

  • Recovery from surgeries to determine if Todd Helton retires

    Hardball Talk "After undergoing season-ending hip surgery Todd Helton said back in September that he planned to play in 2013, but now he's added knee surgery to the recovery process and may not be fully locked into coming back. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post writes that "the Rockies have to be prepared..." November 12

  • Rockies' Helton, Tulowitzki like intensity of new manager Walt Weiss

    Denver Post "Todd Helton was a clean-shaven, baby-faced rookie when he got called up by the Rockies in August 1997. That's when he first got to know Walt Weiss. "He's a man of great character. You could tell that immediately," Helton said Thursday. "The player you saw on the field? He's exactly the same..." November 09

  • Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton, free of hip pain, wants to play in 2013

    Denver Post "The crutches are gone, and so is the constant pain in his right hip. That has made Rockies veteran first baseman Todd Helton increasingly hopeful of playing in 2013. "I think, physically, I will be able to come back," Helton said Tuesday. "So I plan on coming back, but there are a couple of..." September 26

  • Braves' Chipper Jones sees Rockies' Todd Helton returning in the 2013 season

    Denver Post "Face of the franchise for nearly two decades. Turned team record book into personal diary of havoc. Hall of Fame candidate. Chipper Jones and Todd Helton have a lot in common. Jones, 40, announced in spring training that this would be his last season. He was asked Wednesday what advice he'd..." September 06

  • Rockies' Helton, Giambi steadily making progress from injury, fatigue

    Denver Post "Getting old gets old, requiring patience. The Rockies' 30-somethings at first base — Todd Helton and Jason Giambi — are slowly making progress after dealing with injuries and illness. Helton, who turns 39 on Monday, underwent season-ending surgery to repair his left hip labrum. He's recovering..." August 17

  • Todd Helton has surgery on left hip

    Denver Post "The question wasn't whether Todd Helton would undergo successful surgery on his left hip, but whether doctors would find additional damage beyond the labrum. Rockies trainer Keith Dugger said there were no surprises. Helton elected to have the season-ending procedure to provide ample time to be..." August 11

  • Injured Todd Helton deserves to go out on his terms

    Denver Post "Sports don't do happily ever after. Players end their careers on disabled lists or at home on couches over the winter with their agents unable to drum up any interest. Of course, there are a few exceptions, namely John Elway going out with his arms raised and Super Bowl trophies under each arm...." August 07

  • Rockies' Todd Helton out for season, bound for surgery on hip

    Denver Post "Todd Helton's season is over. The Rockies' veteran first baseman will undergo arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. The surgery, to be performed Friday, marks the end of Helton's 15th season in the major leagues. "The recovery time is about six months, so I am doing..." August 06

  • Todd Helton reinstated from 15-day disabled list

    MLB.com "The Colorado Rockies announced today that the club has activated Todd Helton from the 15-day disabled list. The Rockies have also optioned left-handed pitcher Edwar Cabrera to Triple-A Colorado Springs. Helton will be in uniform and available for tonight's Rockies vs. Reds at Coors Field (6:40..." July 27

  • Todd Helton's legacy should be in batter's box, not on DL

    Denver Post "It's hard to imagine the Rockies without Todd Helton. Other players have moments — Matt Holliday with The Slide, Curtis Leskanic's Leap, Ubaldo Jimenez's no-hitter — but Helton owns the franchise's standard of excellence. He will turn 39 next month, his age and declining statistics reflected in..." July 24

  • Rockies' Todd Helton heading to Grand Junction for answers

    Denver Post "Rockies first baseman Todd Helton is traveling to the Western Slope to seek answers about his ailing right hip. Helton, 38, is scheduled to play Friday and Saturday night for the Grand Junction Rockies, the franchise's rookie-league team. "I'm going to test my hip and hopefully it will hold..." July 20

  • Slumping Todd Helton placed on 15-day disabled list with hip pain

    Denver Post "His right hip aching, his timing at the plate a mess, Rockies first baseman Todd Helton landed on the 15-day disabled list Friday. In a corresponding move, the Rockies promoted infielder Josh Rutledge from Double-A Tulsa to the 25-man roster. Helton will undergo an MRI to discover what's..." July 14

  • Rockies call up Double-A prospect Josh Rutledge, send Todd Helton to DL

    Denver Post "The Rockies have activated top middle infield prospect Josh Rutledge, and the team will start him at shortstop against the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. In a corresponding move, Colorado sent first baseman Todd Helton to the 15-day disabled list. Rutledge left Tulsa's game Thursday..." July 13

  • He's no longer beltin' Helton, so sit him more

    Denver Post "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..." July 03

  • Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton battles signs of declining ability

    Denver Post "Todd Helton has never been part-time anything. He has been a star since he first pulled on a pair of cleats. He's an indefatigable worker who rolled up his sleeves and carved his face into Colorado's Mount Rushmore of sports. But the respected grizzly bear has become the elephant in the room...." July 03

  • Todd Helton error sends Rockies to gut-wrenching loss to Phillies

    Denver Post "Hope is a four-letter word for the Rockies these days. It's hard to believe in the future when the present is so ugly that even the team's best pitcher can't padlock the doors. Closer Rafael Betancourt, who hadn't allowed a run on the road this season, dimmed the lights on a potential victory with..." June 21

  • Despite the losses, Todd Helton's heart remains unchanged

    Denver Post "If anybody on the Rockies deserves a World Series ring, it's Todd Helton. But baseball is not a game of fairness, and at age 38, the best player in franchise history is stuck on what could go down as the worst team in franchise history. So, after Colorado dropped to a dismal 24-38 record..." June 15

  • Rockies win at Arizona; Todd Helton ties Mickey Mantle for record

    Denver Post "The Rockies' amazing metamorphosis continued Monday night in the desert. Combining a superb start by lefty Christian Friedrich with some potent early offense, the Rockies blanked the Diamondbacks 4-0 at Chase Field. It was the Colorado's seventh victory in its last eight games." June 05

  • Todd Helton unable to hit stride in key situations

    Denver Post "It's the kind of situation Todd Helton covets. With the Rockies trailing the Mariners 6-4 on Sunday at Coors Field, Helton was at the plate with two on, two outs and facing a full count. Brandon League threw a fastball right down the middle and Helton swung and missed. Game over. "While I..." May 21

  • Helton trying to shake up early-season slump

    Denver Post "When Todd Helton took his first at-bat Friday night, the giant scoreboard beyond left field mocked him by flashing his .236 batting average. Helton's average has never been as low at this point in the season. The previous low was in 1999, his second full season in the majors, when he was..." May 19

  • N.Y. Mets overcome Helton, Gonzalez homers to beat Rockies

    Denver Post "The Rockies' gut-wrenching 6-5, 11-inning loss to the Mets on Sunday is going to leave a mark. How the Rockies rebound from a game that featured late-game heroics only to end in defeat will say a lot about them during the remainder of this nine-game homestand. Tonight, the sizzling, National..." April 30

  • Rockies beat Arizona on Helton's double in eighth

    Denver Post "In a perfect world, babyfaced Rockies starter Juan Nicasio, the 25-year-old who broke his neck and nearly lost his life on the mound at Coors Field last Aug. 5, would have pitched a gem Friday night. Alas, there was no such Hollywood ending, though the fact that Nicasio is pitching at all is..." April 14

  • Peyton Manning and Todd Helton — best buddy system ever

    Denver Post "Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and Rockies slugger Todd Helton are best friends forever. They love each other like brothers. Their friendship runs deep, but not quite as deep as a post pattern. And that might explain why Helton had to quit Manning's football team, before the quarterback cut..." March 27

  • Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton hitting his stride with .407 average, two homers

    Denver Post ""I need to save them because they are so few and far between now," the Rockies' 38-year-old first baseman deadpanned. But when Helton started talking about his swing, he turned serious. "Absolutely it feels good," said Helton, who raised his average to .407. "To take all that you have been..." March 26

  • Todd Helton happy Peyton Manning's no longer just passing through Denver

    Denver Post "Todd Helton no longer is the most famous Tennessee Volunteer in Denver. And he couldn't be happier. With Peyton Manning joining the Broncos, the two good friends are back together for the first time since they competed for the quarterback job at Tennessee nearly two decades ago. "It was well..." March 20

  • Lifetime Rockie Todd Helton isn't ready to hang up his cleats

    Denver Post "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..." March 18

  • Todd Helton, Jason Giambi managers for Colorado Rockies' scrimmage Friday

    Denver Post "It's not just a scrimmage. It's a résumé for career-builder.com. Rockies vs. Rockies in Friday's scrimmage will come with an interesting twist. Todd Helton will manage one team, with Jason Giambi pulling the strings for the other squad. Mutt and Jeff, as Jamie Moyer called them Tuesday, will..." February 29