Full Name: Todd Lynn Helton
Nickname: The Toddfather
Date of birth: August 20, 1973
Place of birth: Knoxville, Tennessee
MLB debut: August 2, 1997, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance: September 29, 2013, for the Colorado Rockies
Batting average: .316
Home runs: 369
Runs batted in: 1,406
Teams: Colorado Rockies (1997–2013)
Todd Lynn Helton is a former American professional baseballfirst baseman.
He attended Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee and was a letterman in football and baseball. He was drafted in the 2nd round by the San Diego Padres during the 1992 MLB Draft but he did not sign and chose to attend college. Helton attended the University of Tennessee where he he received an athletic scholarship to play both football and baseball.
Then in 1995 Helton was drafted by the Colorado Rockies. He made his major-league debut on August 1, 1997, in a 6–5 road loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1998 the Rockies named him their club representative, the first time the team ever gave a rookie that role. He played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), runs batted in (RBI, with 1,406), games played (2,247), and total bases (4,292), among others.
Each season from 1999–2004, Helton met or exceeded all of the following totals: .320 batting average, 39 doubles, 30 home runs, 107 runs scored, 96 RBI, .577 slugging percentage and .981 on-base plus slugging. In 2000, he won the batting title with a .372 average, and also led MLB with a .698 slugging percentage, 59 doubles, 147 RBI and the National Leaguewith 216 hits. Helton amassed his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009, and his 2,500th against the Cincinnati Reds on September 1, 2013.
On September 14, 2013, Helton announced that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2013 season. On September 25, 2013, before his last game at Coors Field, Helton was honored by the Rockies Organization in a pre-game ceremony. In the game, Helton hit a home run and three RBI versus the Boston Red Sox.
On Sunday, August 17, 2014, the Rockies retired Helton's number 17 before a 2:05 pmday game at Coors Field. Helton is the first Rockies player to have his number retired in the team's twenty-one year history.