MLB notebook: Longtime Rockies star Todd Helton announces retirement
Todd Helton has had enough.
Having decided earlier this year that this will be his final season, the Rockies' first baseman decided to go public.
“I didn't want to say I was going to return and then come back in,” Helton said before Sunday's game against Arizona. “I talked to my wife, and thought about my body and mentally how I felt going out there for every game. I'm 40. It's time to go. It's a young man's game.”
Helton has spent his entire 17-year career with the Rockies and set franchise records in nearly every offensive category. He announced his decision after Saturday night's 9-2 loss, when he hit his 586th double.
Helton won the NL batting title with a .372 average in 2000, when he led the league with 59 doubles and 147 RBIs and also hit 42 home runs.
Helton joins Yankees closer Mariano Rivera among players retiring this year.
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