Todd Helton announces retirement following 2013 season
Mark Townsend at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
When the Colorado Rockies arrive to their spring training facility in Arizona next Februrary, they will do so without the greatest player in franchise history. After 17 major league seasons, Todd Helton confirmed to the Denver Post’s Troy Renck on Saturday night that he’s set to retire following the 2013 season.
“Yes, this is it. It just seems like it’s time. It’s a young man’s game. I am 40 years old. I am looking forward to doing something else besides baseball. Whatever that may be. I am not sure yet,” said Helton, sitting next to his wife, Christy. “I am going to start a new chapter not only in my life but our lives. It will be different. It will be difficult, but it will be exciting.”
Helton, 40, hasn’t been the same sbobet player since 2008. That’s when his chronic back issues really began to take hold. It’s those back issues that have sapped the majority of Helton’s strength and productivity, but it has been through sheer will and determination that the five-time All-Star has been able to extend his career even to this point.