The Colorado Rockies tweeted earlier that Todd Helton’s number 17 will be retired at Coors Field on August 17th. The entire weekend will be dedicated to the first baseman (social media can use the hashtag #Retire17), concluding with the ceremony on Sunday.
Helton played all 17 of his years with the Colorado Rockies, from 1997-2013, and holds the franchise record for hits, home runs, doubles, walks, runs scored, RBI, games, and total bases among others. In 2001, he signed a nine-year $141.5 million dollar contract extension that would take effect in 2003. He is a five-time All Star, four-time Silver Slugger, which is the most of all Major League players at first base, and three-time Gold Glove winner. He is also the only Major League player to hit 35 doubles in ten consecutive seasons.
In his final home game with Colorado, Helton drilled a home run to right field in his first at bat, which followed a highly-touted celebration at Coors Field. Helton had announced in mid-September that his intent was to retire at the end of the 2013 season at 40 years old.