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Todd Helton doubles in the seventh for 2,500th career hit

Sep 1, 2013, 7:05 PM EDT

Todd Helton AP

Long time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton sliced a double down the left field line against Reds reliever Curtis Partch in the bottom of the seventh for his 2,500th career hit. Helton narrowly beat left fielder Chris Heisey‘s throw to second base for the double. There was a brief pause in the game as Helton took off his helmet and acknowledged the standing ovation given to him by the excited crowd at Coors Field.

Helton, now 40 years old and in his 17th Major League season, had been hitless in his previous seven attempts to get #2,500. He went 2-for-5 with two three-run home runs on Friday, but struck out three times in four at-bats tonight and was 0-for-2 with an intentional walk today. Helton is also seven RBI away from 1,400 for his career. Today’s double was the 584th of his career, leaving him one shy of Rafael Palmeiro for 16th on the all-time list.

The Rockies had a 7-2 lead over the Reds at the time of Helton’s double, well on their way to an easy victory in the series finale. They had beaten up Reds starter Mike Leake for six runs in four innings. Meanwhile, Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood could only last two innings before being pulled due to a bruised thumb.

  1. straightouttavtown - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:16 PM


  2. norvturnersneck - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    HoFer if he gets to 3k? He has over 350 homes. Is it good enough? I don’t think so, but I wanted to ask others. Does he get in if he gets to 3K?

    • johnnysoda - Sep 1, 2013 at 7:52 PM

      Kind of a moot point, because he’s “only” got 2,500, and he’s 40. No way he’ll stick around long enough to sniff 3,000.

    • rbj1 - Sep 1, 2013 at 8:00 PM

      I would put him in. All the others who are eligible are in

    • dan1111 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:02 AM

      3,000 hits are clearly out of the question. That aside, for his Hall of Fame case, you have to factor Coors Field into the equation, because his numbers during his peak years were greatly boosted by his home park.

      Even after correcting for Coors Field, his 133 OPS+ is quite good. It would put him near the bottom of Hall of Fame first basemen, however. He is a bit better by WAR, with 61.3 placing him slightly below average for a Hall of Famer at his position. I would say he at least deserves some consideration.

      Realistically, though, I don’t think he has much of a chance. Jeff Bagwell, who was a far better player, has not been elected yet in three tries, though he will get in eventually. Larry Walker, another player who benefited from Coors field, has not gotten much support. He was a better hitter than Helton, as well.

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:46 PM

        Yes, 3,000 hits is out of the question. Currently, there are 18 first baseman in the MLB HOF.

        Helton’s BA is better than 11 of the 18 and I’m NOT counting Roger Conner who has a .317 like Helton currently does because Helton will drop to .316 or so by seasons end.

        Helton currently has more home runs than 11 of the 18 first baseman currently in the HOF.

        Helton currently has more RBI’s than 7 of the 18 and he’s close to making that 8 of the 18.

        Helton currently has more hits than 11 of the 18 HOF first baseman right now.

        Helton’s on base percentage is higher than 15 of the 18 first baseman in the HOF right now.

        Helton has scored more runs than 11 of the 18 in the hall.

        Helton’s Slugging percentage is higher than 14 of the 18 in the hall.

        As for Larry Walker being a better hitter, it’s very close, practically a tie though I am able to see why some would say he is a better hitter than Helton, but there are many stats that favor Helton over Walker.

        All my stats about HOF 1st baseman came from the Baseball Almanac. Lind below.

        Lastly, Larry Walker played very few games overall in his career at first base, a whole lot fewer than he did in the outfield. Larry Walker isn’t a first baseman, he’s an outfielder who played first base a bit so comparing his hitting stats to Helton’s and other HOF 1st baseman isn’t accurate.

        Todd Helton is a first baseman and his stats compare very favorably against the current 18 HOF first baseman. He’s easily as good or better than a full half of the current 1st baseman in the HOF right now…

      • sportsfan18 - Sep 2, 2013 at 4:53 PM

        One last point about 3,000 hits as many seem to be talking about it.

        Only ONE of the 18 first baseman in the HOF has 3,000 hits or more.

    • genericcommenter - Sep 2, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      Ichiro is over 200 hits ahead at the same age, and I don’t even know if HE can get 3000 MLB hits at this point (would require 2 more seasons as a 40+ below average regular). Helton has no shot.

  3. whodeytn - Sep 1, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    He didn’t even beat the throw.

  4. irishdodger - Sep 2, 2013 at 12:06 AM

    He’s 40 yrs old. No way he sticks around to collect 3,000 hits.

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  6. elliotlc - Sep 2, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    He and Stan Musial are the only players to have 2500 hits 350 hrs 550 doubles and a BA of at least .310 for their career. I think people over think hall of fame he deserves it best player in Rockies history and he has been outstanding defensively his entire career

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