Over the years, several players have been a thorn in the Dodgers side, but Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has arguably given Dodger fans the most pain.
Helton has played in 248 games against the Dodgers and in his career he has 48 home runs and 153 RBIs as he’s been the Rockies everyday first baseman until this season.
However, according to the Associated Press via ESPN.com, Helton has announced that he will retire at seasons end:
I am sure come next February, probably even in December when it’s usually time to start getting ready, it will be tough. I don’t know how I am going to react. It will be weird. But I have other things in my life besides baseball.
Fittingly enough, Helton will play in his final game at Dodger Stadium on September 29 and his final game at Coors Field will be the week before on the 25th.
While he’s been the face of the franchise for almost his entire career, Helton has been seemingly fazed out as the Rockies have undergone a youth movement across the board. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki is likely to take over the “face of the franchise” title as Helton’s 17-year career is coming to an end.
It’ll be interesting to see if Helton makes his way into the Hall of Fame as voters are likely to look down on him playing his entire career at Coors Field. All in all, it’ll be nice to send Helton out at Dodger Stadium as the 17-year pro definitely had a great career as one of the biggest Dodger killers.
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