Todd Lynn Helton (August 20, 1973 - ) had one of the greatest seasons in the modern era in 2000 leading the Major Leagues in nearly all major offensive categories, but finished a distance fifth in MVP voting due in part to the fact that his home games were played in the thinner air of Denver. The Tennessee native attended the University of Tennessee where starred at both baseball and football and he was the second string quarterback ahead of future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning. The Colorado Rockies took Todd with the eighth overall pick of the 1995 MLB Amateur Draft and he debuted two years later at first base. Helton was inserted into a potent lineup that included sluggers Larry Walker, Vinny Castilla, Ellis Burk and Dante Bichette that hit 132 home runs in his rookie year with Helton contributing 25 while batting .315 to finish second in NL Rookie of the Year voting. Todd’s breakout year in 2000 was one for the ages as he led the Major Leagues in batting average (.372), slugging percentage (.698), total bases (405), doubles (59), RBI (147) and extra base hits (103). He won his first of four Silver Sluggers, and was named an All-Star for the first time (five overall), however, despite his big numbers, Helton finished fifth in NL MVP voting. Todd finally helped lead his Rockies team to the Promised Land as they made an unlikely run at the National League pennant only to fall to the Boston Red Sox in a four-game sweep of the 2007 World Series. Todd Helton played his entire career in the Mile High City (1997-2013) and holds Colorado Rockies records for most games (2,247), runs (1,401), hits (2,519), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBI (1,406) and total bases (4,292). He is the only player in Major League history to post two consecutive 100-plus extra base hit seasons. He is also the only player in MLB history to hit 35 doubles in 10 straight years (1998-2007). In the field, Helton was an exceptional first baseman, winning three Gold Gloves while posting a .996 fielding percentage and committing only 79 errors in more than 20,000 chances.
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