Helton ready to leave game after 17 seasons

DENVER (AP) -- The usually stoic Todd Helton became a little emotional at his official retirement ceremony before the game Monday night against St. Louis.

His days of grabbing his glove and sauntering out to first base for the Colorado Rockies are quickly dwindling after deciding to call it a career following this season.

Helton has more homers than Hank Greenberg, more RBIs than Johnny Mize and a higher career batting average than Eddie Murray.

All those first basemen are in the Hall of Fame.

Helton will find out in five years if he's done enough over his 17-year career to merit consideration.

The 40-year-old Helton remains on the bubble for the Hall of Fame, mainly because he spent his career playing half his games in the friendly confines of Coors Field.


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