Jan 23, 2024 - Sports

Rockies great Todd Helton now in Baseball's Hall of Fame

Todd Helton during a retirement ceremony for his number 17 in 2014. Photo: AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images

Welcome to Cooperstown, Todd Helton.

Driving the news: The former Colorado Rockies first baseman on Tuesday was selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, becoming the second player in franchise history to be enshrined in Cooperstown, New York.

  • He joins former teammate Larry Walker, who was inducted in 2020.

State of play: A five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner, Helton ended his 17-season career in Denver in 2013, finishing his career with 2,519 hits and 369 home runs.

Of note: A year after his retirement, Helton, who wore No. 17, became the first Rockies player to have his jersey retired.

  • It's an honor he shares with Walker, who had his No. 33 retired in 2021, and Jackie Robinson, after the Rockies joined every other club in the league in retiring his No. 42 in 1997.
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