Todd Helton

Todd Lynn Helton (born August 20, 1973) is an American former professional baseball first baseman who played his entire 17-year career for the Colorado Rockies of Major League Baseball (MLB). A five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, and three-time Gold Glove Award winner, Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,519), home runs (369), doubles (592), walks (1,335), runs scored (1,401), runs batted in (RBI, with 1,406), games played (2,247), and total bases (4,292), among others.[1]

Each season from 1999–2004, Helton met or exceeded all of the following totals: .320 batting average, 39 doubles, 30 home runs, 107 runs scored, 96 RBI, .577 slugging percentage and .981 on-base plus slugging. In 2000, he won the batting title with a .372 average, and also led MLB with a .698 slugging percentage, 59 doubles, 147 RBI and the National League with 216 hits. Helton amassed his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009, and his 2,500th against the Cincinnati Reds on September 1, 2013.

Todd Helton
Todd Helton on August 18, 2013
Helton with the Colorado Rockies
First baseman
Born: August 20, 1973 (age 45)
Knoxville, Tennessee
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
August 2, 1997, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
September 29, 2013, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
Batting average.316
Hits2,519
Home runs369
Runs batted in1,406
Teams
Career highlights and awards

High school

Helton attended Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee and was a letterman in football and baseball.[2] In football, he posted 2,772 total yards as quarterback. In baseball, as a senior, Helton posted a .655 batting average and 12 home runs and was named the Regional Player of the Year. Baseball America also bestowed him with All-American honors for his senior season.[2] Helton was drafted in the 2nd round (55th overall) by the San Diego Padres during the 1992 MLB draft.[3] He did not sign and chose to attend college.

University of Tennessee

Helton received an athletic scholarship from the University of Tennessee to play both football and baseball. He was named a Gatorade Player of the Year for football and baseball in Tennessee.[2] As a freshman and sophomore, he backed up Heath Shuler at quarterback. Entering his junior season in 1994, he was the back-up to senior Jerry Colquitt and ahead of Peyton Manning (then a true freshman).[4][5] After Colquitt tore knee ligaments in the season opener at UCLA, Helton took over as the starter. Three weeks later against Mississippi State, he suffered a knee injury and was replaced by Manning, who went on to break several records.[6] Helton appeared in 12 games during his career with the Vols football team, completing 41 of 75 passes for 484 yards, four touchdowns and three interceptions.[7]

In baseball, Helton was awarded the Dick Howser Trophy as National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year, following his junior baseball season in 1995.[8] During his career at Tennessee (1993–1995), he recorded a .370 batting average, with 38 home runs and 238 RBI (both school records). In 1995, he set the Tennessee saves record with 11, while posting a 0.89 ERA. During his career, he pitched 193 innings, registering an ERA of 2.24, with 172 strikeouts and 23 saves.[9][10] Helton also has the NCAA Division I record for most consecutive scoreless innings, at 47.[11][12]

Helton spent the summer of 1994 playing for the Orleans Cardinals of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[13]

MLB career

Draft and debut

Helton was drafted in the first round, eighth overall, in the 1995 Major League Baseball draft by the Colorado Rockies.[14] He was signed on August 1, 1995.[14] Helton spent the next couple of years playing for the class-A Asheville Tourists, AA New Haven Ravens, and AAA Colorado Springs Sky Sox before moving on to the major leagues. He made his major-league debut on August 2, 1997, in a 6-5 road loss against the Pittsburgh Pirates.[15][16] Helton started in left field and flied out in his first at-bat.[15] He recorded his first hit, a single, in his second at-bat off Francisco Córdova.[15] Helton also hit his first home run, a solo shot, that day off Marc Wilkins.[15]

1997–1999: Early career

During the 1997 season, Helton hit .280/.337/.484 (batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage), with five home runs, in 35 games played. When Rockies first baseman Andrés Galarraga went to the Atlanta Braves in 1998, Helton became the full-time starter at first base for Colorado during the 1998 season. The Rockies named Helton their club representative in 1998, the first time the team ever gave a rookie that role.[2] He hit .315/.380/.530, with 25 home runs and 97 RBI, in 152 games played. Helton led all major-league rookies in average (.315), home runs (25), RBI (97), multi-hit games (49), total bases (281), slugging percentage (.530) and extra base hits (63).[17] He also led all National League rookies in runs (78), hits (167) and on-base percentage (.380). At the time, only Mike Piazza (35), David Justice (28) and Darryl Strawberry (26) had hit more home runs as an NL rookie since 1972, and only Piazza had more RBI (112).[17] Helton finished second to Kerry Wood of the Chicago Cubs in the voting for National League Rookie of the Year.[17] The Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame named Helton its 1998 Professional Athlete of the Year.[2]

In 1999, Helton had a .320 batting average, .395 on-base percentage and .587 slugging percentage.[18] He also hit 35 home runs and 113 RBI, while drawing 68 walks. On June 19, 1999, in a 10–2 Rockies home win over the Florida Marlins, Helton hit for the cycle.[19][20] He fell short of hitting a second cycle on four different occasions during the 1999 season, which would have made him only the second player since 1900 (Babe Herman was the first to do so in 1931) to hit two cycles in one season.[19]

2000–2006: Mid-career

Helton enjoyed arguably his best season in 2000, leading the major leagues in batting average (.372), RBI (147), doubles (59), total bases (405), extra base hits (103), slugging percentage (.698) and OPS (1.162).[21][22] He led the National League in hits (216) and on-base percentage (.463). Helton hit a league-leading home batting average of .391 and placed third in the National League in road batting average (.353).[21] Helton's MLB-leading 103 extra base hits tied for the fourth most in MLB history and the second most in NL history.[21] His National League-leading numbers in on-base percentage, slugging percentage and batting average gave him the "percentage triple crown."[21] Helton became the second Rockies player (Larry Walker in 1999) to accomplish that feat.[21] Helton and Walker made the Rockies the first team in MLB history to record percentage triple crowns in consecutive seasons with different players.[21] Helton became only the fourth player in National League history to lead the NL in both batting average and RBI.[21] He became the first player in National League history and the fifth player in MLB history (Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg are the others) to have at least 200 hits, 40 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs, 100 extra base hits and 100 walks in one season.[21]

Helton was invited to his first career Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2000.[21] He also received National League Player of the Month honors for May and August. He finished fifth in voting for the MVP award.[23] However, the Associated Press, The Sporting News, USA Baseball Alumni and Baseball Digest all named Helton the MLB Player of the Year.[21] Buck O'Neil and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum presented Helton with the Walter Fenner "Buck" Leonard Legacy Award.[21] Helton was also given the team-honored version of the Roberto Clemente Man of Year Award, for his community contributions to Eastern Tennessee.[21] Furthermore, he was the National League winner of the second annual Hank Aaron Award.[21] Each season from 2000 to 2003, he was named the Rockies Player of the Year.[24] For all of his success, the Colorado Rockies rewarded Helton with a nine-year, $141.5 million contract in April 2001 that took effect in 2003.[25]

The following season, Helton posted a career-high 49 home runs (22 of them occurred away from Coors Field).[26] The 49 home runs tied teammate Larry Walker for the most home runs ever by a Colorado Rockies player in a single season.[26] Additionally, Helton had a .336 batting average, .432 on-base percentage and .685 slugging percentage.[26] He also had 105 extra base hits, making him the first player in MLB history to have at least 100 total extra base hits in back-to-back seasons.[26] Furthermore, Helton attained 402 total bases, making him only the fourth player in MLB history to do so in consecutive seasons (Chuck Klein, Gehrig and Foxx are the others).[26]

Helton appeared in his second consecutive All-Star game in 2001 – his first as a starter.[26] He won his first Gold Glove at first base and was once again a top candidate for MVP, but was overshadowed by Sammy Sosa and Barry Bonds.[27]

In 2002, Helton had a .329 batting average, 30 home runs, 109 RBI, 98 walks, 107 runs, .577 slg % and 319 total bases.[28] He became the first player in Rockies history to score at least 100 runs in four consecutive seasons.[28] He was named Player of the Month for May, as he hit .347 with six doubles, one triple, 10 home runs and 28 RBI during the month.[28] Helton was named to his third consecutive All-Star game – second straight as a starter.[28] He also received his second consecutive Gold Glove.[28]

2003 saw Helton involved in the closest NL batting race in history, as he hit .35849, while St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols finished first with a .35871 batting average.[29] During the season, Helton also had 33 home runs, 117 RBI, 135 runs, 49 doubles and five triples. He won his fourth Player of the Month honor during the month of April, as he hit .337 with six home runs, 27 RBI, 28 runs, 11 doubles and 24 walks.[29] He also appeared in his fourth consecutive All-Star game.[30]

During the 2004 season, Helton again finished second in the NL batting race, as he hit .347, while San Francisco Giants left fielder Barry Bonds hit .362. Helton also had 32 home runs and 96 RBI on the season. He became the first player in MLB history to hit at least .315 with 25 HR and 95 RBI in each of his first seven full seasons in the majors.[31] He became only the third player in MLB history to accomplish that feat during any seven-year stretch in a career (Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth are the others).[31] He set a franchise record by hitting at least 30 home runs in six consecutive seasons.[31] Helton was named to his team-record fifth consecutive All-Star game and won his third Gold Glove during the season.[31]

In 2005, Helton spent time on the disabled list (July 26 – August 9) for the first time in his career with a strained left calf muscle.[32] He hit .320 with 20 home runs, 79 RBI, 92 runs and 45 doubles for the season. He was under 1.000 in OPS (finished with .979 OPS) for the first time since 1999.[18] Helton also wasn't named to the National League All-Star team for the first time since 1999. However, he did end up joining Gehrig and Bill Terry as the only first basemen in MLB history to have at least a .315 batting average in eight consecutive seasons.[32]

Helton at bat 2
Helton swinging at a pitch during a game against the Seattle Mariners.

The following season, Helton had to spend time on the disabled list again, this time from April 20 – May 4, as he was diagnosed with acute terminal ileitis.[33] He hit .302 with 15 home runs, 81 RBI, 40 doubles, 91 walks and a .404 on-base percentage for the season.[33] He ended the season below .900 in OPS (he had .880 OPS) for the first time since entering the league in 1997 when he only played 35 games that year.[18] Helton finished third on the Rockies roster in 2006 in runs (94), hits (165), doubles (40), total bases (260) and multi-hit games (42).[33]

Also in 2005, St. Louis Cardinals radio broadcaster Wayne Hagin claimed manager Don Baylor said that Helton had "tried the juice" in the 1990s, implying steroid use. Helton vehemently denied the allegation and considered legal action against Hagin. Hagin later apologized clarifying his comments saying he was "referring to supplements, creatine, not steroids" when he said "juiced". Baylor said of his conversation with Hagin "We discussed creatine and that was the end of the conversation. Steroid use was never even a question with me in regards to Todd Helton. [Hagin] has his facts wrong."[34]

2007–2013

Helton's power and RBI production stayed relatively level to his previous year's stats during the 2007 season, as he managed 17 home runs and 91 RBI. Despite these numbers being below his career averages, Helton kept up his string of seven consecutive seasons with an on-base percentage higher than .400, nine consecutive seasons with a batting average above .300, and had also been walked more times than he had struck out (a feat he had accomplished in seven of his first ten full seasons).[18]

Helton recorded his 1,000th career hit at Coors Field on June 20, 2007, in a 6–1 home win over the New York Yankees, becoming only the fifth active player to have 1,000 career hits in one ballpark.[35]

On September 9, 2007, in 4–2 home victory over the San Diego Padres, Helton hit his 35th double of the season. This made him the only player in MLB history to have hit 35 or more doubles in at least 10 consecutive seasons (1998–2007).[36][37]

Helton hit his 300th career home run on September 16, 2007, in a 13–0 home win over the Florida Marlins.[38][39] He became the first player to hit 300 home runs for the Colorado Rockies.[40]

Helton made what was arguably the most pivotal play of the Rockies' 2007 season in the second game of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers on September 18, 2007. In the bottom of the ninth inning, with two outs and two strikes, Helton hit an emotional two-run walk-off home run off Dodgers closer Takashi Saito.[41] The home run kept the Rockies alive in the bid to win the wild card or National League West title. The Rockies eventually clinched the National League wild card, in a 9–8 extra innings victory over the San Diego Padres in a wild card tiebreaker game, allowing Helton to appear in the playoffs for the first time in his career.[42] Colorado went on to sweep the Philadelphia Phillies in three games of the National League Division Series.[43] Helton hit a triple in the first pitch of his first career playoff at-bat in the opening game against the Phillies at Philadelphia.[44] The Rockies also swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in four games of the National League Championship Series, sending the Rockies on their first trip to the World Series in franchise history.[45][46] The Rockies went on to lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox in a four-game sweep.[47]

In August 2008, Helton was diagnosed with a degenerative back condition, putting his health and ability to continue play in question. On May 19, 2009, Helton got his 2,000th hit, a single, as part of an 8–1 road loss to the Atlanta Braves.[48] On July 22, 2009, Helton hit his 500th career double in a 4–3 home victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks.[49] He became the 50th player in MLB history to hit 500 career doubles and the fastest to do since 1954.[50] Helton also joined Babe Ruth, Stan Musial, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams as the only players in MLB history to have at least 500 doubles, 320 home runs and a .325 batting average for a career.[49] On March 11, 2010, Helton signed a two-year contract extension through the 2013 season. The extension for 2012 and 2013 was worth a total of $9.9 million.[51]

Helton's degenerative back condition sent him back to the disabled list in July 2010.[52] Helton returned from the DL in August and hit .256 with 8 home runs and 37 RBI for the season. After the 2010 season, Helton said he would return to the Rockies in 2011, following rumors of a possible retirement.[53] On February 15, 2011, Helton announced his intention to play baseball for three more years, preferably for the Rockies. On June 30 he played his 2,000th career game. On April 14, 2012, Helton hit a 2-run walk-off home run, his 7th of his career.[54] On July 13, Helton was placed on the 15-day disabled list due to inflammation in his right hip. In 63 games, he was batting .235.[55] After returning from the DL, Helton played only 6 games before announcing that he would have season ending hip surgery in order to prepare for the 2013 season.[56] Helton was healthier in 2013, playing in 124 games while hitting 15 home runs with 61 RBIs.[57]

On September 14, 2013, Helton announced that he would be retiring at the conclusion of the 2013 season.[58] On September 25, 2013, before his last game at Coors Field, Helton was honored by the Rockies Organization in a pre-game ceremony. In the game, Helton hit a home run and three RBI versus the Boston Red Sox.[59]

On Sunday, August 17, 2014, the Rockies retired Helton's number 17 before a 2:05 pm day game at Coors Field. Helton is the first Rockies player to have his number retired in the team's twenty-six year history.[60]

Rockies Retired 17
Todd Helton's number 17 was retired by the Colorado Rockies in 2014.

Accomplishments

Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
Associated Press Major League Baseball Player of the Year 1 2000
Baseball America All-Rookie team 1 1998
Colorado Rockies Player of the Year 4 200003 [24]
Colorado Rockies' Roberto Clemente Man of the Year 2 2000, 2002 [24]
Dick Howser Trophy 1 1995
Hank Aaron Award 1 2000
Major League Baseball All-Star 5 200004
National League Player of the Month 4 May 2000, August 2000, May 2002, August 2003
National League Player of the Week 6 June 20, 1999; May 14, 2000; July 23, 2000;
August 20, 2000; July 10, 2005; September 25, 2005
Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Player 1 2000
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base 3 2001, 2002, 2004
Silver Slugger Award at first base 4 2000−03
The Sporting News National League Player of the Year 1 2000
The Sporting News Rookie of the Year 1 1998
Topps All-Star Rookie team 1 1998
Walter Fenner "Buck" Leonard Legacy Award 1 2000
  • Baseball Digest All-Star Rookie Team (1998)
  • Associated Press Major League Baseball All-Star Team (2000)
  • Baseball Digest Major League Baseball Player of the Year (2000)
  • USA Baseball Alumni Player of the Year (2000)
Achievements
  • National League Batting Champion (2000)
  • National League slugging percentage leader (2000)
  • National League RBI leader (2000)
  • National League Doubles leader (2000, Helton hit 59 doubles during the season, which tied Chuck Klein for the third-highest single-season doubles total in NL history.)
  • Hit for the cycle (June 19, 1999)
  • Percentage triple crown (2000)
  • National League Hits leader (2000)
  • National League On-Base Percentage leader (2000, 2005, 2007)
  • National League Total Bases leader (2000)
  • National League Extra Base Hits leader (2000)
  • Helton is the only player in MLB history to have 100-plus extra base hits in consecutive seasons: 103 in 2000, and 105 in 2001.[26] The only others to do it twice in their careers, but not consecutively, were Lou Gehrig [1927 (117), 1930 (100)] and Chuck Klein [1930 (107), 1932 (103)].
  • Helton is one of only four players in MLB history (Klein in 1929 and 1930, Jimmie Foxx in 1932 and 1933, along with Gehrig in 1930 and 1931) to have reached 400 total bases in consecutive seasons (405 in 2000, 402 in 2001).[26] Gehrig reached 400 total bases in four seasons (1927, 1930, 1931, 1934), and Klein did so once more (1932). The other players to reach 400 total bases twice in a career, but not consecutively, were Babe Ruth (1921, 1927), Rogers Hornsby (1922, 1929) and Sammy Sosa (1998, 2001).
  • Helton is one of only five players in MLB history (the first ever in the National League) to have at least 200 hits, 40 home runs, 100 RBI, 100 runs, 100 extra-base hits and 100 walks in one season (2000).[21] The others to do so were Babe Ruth (1921), Lou Gehrig (1927, 1930), Jimmie Foxx (1932) and Hank Greenberg (1937).
  • Helton is one of only three first baseman in MLB history (Gehrig and Bill Terry are the others) to have at least a .315 batting average in eight consecutive seasons (1998–2005).[32]
  • Helton ranks No. 8 all-time among first baseman in MLB history in fielding percentage (.9962).
  • Hit 3 home runs against the Montreal Expos on May 1, 2000 and against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 29, 2003.
  • Only player in MLB history to hit 35 or more doubles in at least 10 consecutive seasons (1998–2007).
  • Colorado Rockies career leader in games played (2,247), at bats (7,962), runs (1,401), hits (2,519), total bases (4,292), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBI (1,406), walks (1,335), and intentional walks (185).
  • Colorado Rockies number 17 was retired August 17, 2014.[61]

Personal life

Helton's jersey number, 17, is a tribute to former Chicago Cubs first baseman Mark Grace.[62]

Helton and his family – wife Christy and daughters Gentry Grace and Tierney Faith – reside in Knoxville, Tennessee. Helton and his family are good friends with Helton's former Tennessee Volunteers football teammate and former National Football League (NFL) quarterback Peyton Manning.[63]

In 2013, Helton was arrested in Colorado for driving under the influence of alcohol.[64] He was sentenced to probation and community service.[65] In 2019, Helton was cited for another DUI after crashing his car. He subsequently entered a treatment program.[66]

See also

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External links

1993 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

The 1993 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament was the first year the SEC held separate tournaments for the Eastern Division and the Western Division. The Eastern Division tournament was held at Sarge Frye Field in Columbia, SC from May 20 through May 23. The Western Division tournament was held at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, LA also from May 20 through May 23. Tennessee won the Eastern Division tournament and LSU won the Western Division tournament. All games played in the tournament were added to the teams' records from the 24-game conference regular season.

As the tournament champion with the highest conference winning percentage, LSU was named SEC champion and awarded the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.

1994 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

The 1994 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament was again held as separate tournaments for the Eastern Division and the Western Division. The Eastern Division tournament was held at Cliff Hagan Stadium in Lexington, KY. The Western Division tournament was held at Swayze Field in Oxford, MS. Both tournaments were held from May 18 through May 21. Tennessee won the Eastern Division tournament and LSU won the Western Division tournament.

1994 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1994 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1994 NCAA Division I-A football season. Phillip Fulmer was the head coach. Freshman Peyton Manning began the season as Tennessee's third-string quarterback, but injuries to Todd Helton and Jerry Colquitt forced him into the lineup in a game against Mississippi State, which the Volunteers lost 24–21. In his first start the following week against Washington State, the Vols won, 10–9. They lost only one more game the rest of the season, finishing 8–4 with a 45–23 victory over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl.

1995 College Baseball All-America Team

An All-American team is an honorary sports team composed of the best amateur players of a specific season for each team position—who in turn are given the honorific "All-America" and typically referred to as "All-American athletes", or simply "All-Americans". Although the honorees generally do not compete together as a unit, the term is used in U.S. team sports to refer to players who are selected by members of the national media. Walter Camp selected the first All-America team in the early days of American football in 1889.The NCAA recognizes three different All-America selectors for the 1995 college baseball season: the American Baseball Coaches Association (since 1947), Baseball America (since 1981), and Collegiate Baseball (since 1991).

2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 2003 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 74th midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues constituting Major League Baseball, and celebrated the 70th anniversary of the inaugural All-Star Game played in Chicago, Illinois in 1933.

The game was held on July 15, 2003 at U.S. Cellular Field, the home of the Chicago White Sox of the American League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 7–6, thus awarding an AL team (which was eventually the New York Yankees) home-field advantage in the 2003 World Series. This game was the first All-Star Game to award home-field advantage in the World Series to the winning league, a rule that stemmed from a controversial 7–7 tie in the previous year's edition. In the days leading up to the game, Fox advertised it with the tagline: "This time it counts." Subsequent editions altered the slogan to "This one counts" to reflect the new method of determining the World Series' home-field advantage; that arrangement ended with the 2016 edition, where the AL team (which became the Cleveland Indians) also won home-field advantage; the AL would win the next six years, as well as the last four. The winning league had a 9-5 record in the corresponding year's World Series, with the AL winning in six years, and the NL in eight.

This All-Star Game marked the seventh All-Star appearance for the Naval Station Great Lakes color guard from Waukegan, Illinois, who this year was joined by police officers from the Kane County Sheriff's Department who presented the Canadian and American flags in the outfield. Both the five-man color guard and the sheriff's department officers accompanied Michael Bublé, who sang O Canada, and Vanessa Carlton, who sang The Star-Spangled Banner. Bublé's performance of "O Canada" was not televised until after the game in the Chicago area, while Carlton's performance was followed by fireworks that shot off the U.S. Cellular Field scoreboard.

2007 National League Wild Card tie-breaker game

The 2007 National League wild-card tie-breaker game was a one-game extension to Major League Baseball's (MLB) 2007 regular season, played between the San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies of the National League's (NL) West Division to determine the NL wild card. It was played at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado, on October 1, 2007. The Rockies won the game 9–8 in thirteen innings on a controversial play at home plate.

The game was necessary after both teams finished the season with identical win–loss records of 89–73. The Rockies won a coin flip late in the season, which awarded them home field for the game. Upon winning, the Rockies advanced to the NL Division Series where they swept the Philadelphia Phillies. After advancing, they swept the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NL Championship Series, winning their first pennant in franchise history. However, the Rockies were, in turn, swept in the 2007 World Series by the Boston Red Sox, ending their season. In baseball statistics the tie-breaker counted as the 163rd regular season game for both teams, with all events in the game added to regular season statistics.

Colorado Rockies

The Colorado Rockies are an American professional baseball team based in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) West division. The team's home venue is Coors Field, located in the Lower Downtown area of Denver. The Rockies won their first National League championship in 2007, after having won 14 of their final 15 games in order to secure a Wild Card position. In the World Series they were swept by the American League (AL) champion Boston Red Sox in four games.

Dan O'Dowd

Dan O'Dowd (born September 6, 1959) was the General Manager of the Colorado Rockies from September 20, 1999 to October 8, 2014. Before being hired by the Rockies, he spent 15 years working for the Baltimore Orioles and Cleveland Indians, working his way from Accounts Manager to Director of Baseball Operations / Assistant General Manager.O'Dowd was raised in Montville, New Jersey and graduated from Montville Township High School in 1976.The results of O'Dowd's GM career have been mixed. Upon taking over the team, he traded fading stars Dante Bichette, Vinny Castilla, and Darryl Kile, opting to build a team around pitching, speed and defense. The following season, after a surprising 82-80 run, O'Dowd signed pitchers Denny Neagle and Mike Hampton to long-term contracts. The acquisitions turned out to be disastrous for the club and were two of the worst free-agency signings in baseball history. Afterwards, O'Dowd attempted to shed salary and build a foundation of young talent around franchise cornerstone Todd Helton. Under his watch, the team developed players such as Matt Holliday, Troy Tulowitzki, Jeff Francis, and Ubaldo Jiménez.

The 2007 season was arguably the most surprising run by any Rockies team, as the team won 21 of their last 22 games to force a tiebreaker against the San Diego Padres. The Rockies, who were making their first playoff appearance in 12 years, swept both the Philadelphia Phillies and Arizona Diamondbacks en route to the 2007 World Series, before losing to the Boston Red Sox. O'Dowd was rewarded with a contract extension following the team's successful playoff run. As the Rockies struggled in 2012, the Rockies restructured their front office, making Bill Geivett their director of major league operations, though O'Dowd retained the title of general manager. Following the 2014 season O'Dowd was offered a contract extension but declined the deal when he was not allowed to replace Geivett. The Rockies promoted Jeff Bridich to the role of general manager, and Geivett resigned, upset he did not get promoted to the role of GM.O'Dowd currently serves as an analyst for MLB Network.

Eldredge Park

Eldredge Park is a baseball venue in Orleans, Massachusetts, home to the Orleans Firebirds of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Nauset Regional Middle School is located to the north of the field. The park is 104 years-old, just a year younger than Fenway Park. Former Cape Leaguers and Major Leaguers who have called it their summer home include Frank Thomas, Mark Teixeira, Nomar Garciaparra, Todd Helton, Aaron Boone, Brandon Crawford, Marcus Stroman, and Jeff Conine to name a few. It is the deepest center-field in the Cape Cod Baseball League (434 feet). The hill on the first base side allows for a fan friendly atmosphere, where families can bring beach chairs and blankets to watch the stars of tomorrow shine tonight. Most of the games for the Firebirds start at 7 PM.

Extra-base hit

In baseball, an extra-base hit (EB, EBH or XBH), also known as a long hit, is any base hit on which the batter is able to advance past first base without the benefit of a fielder either committing an error or opting to make a throw to retire another base runner (see fielder's choice). Extra-base hits are often not listed separately in tables of baseball statistics, but are easily determined by calculating the sum total of a batter's doubles, triples, and home runs.Another related statistic of interest that can be calculated is "extra bases on long hits". A batter gets three of these for each home run, two for each triple, and one for each double. Thus, leading the league in "Most extra bases in long hits" is a significant accomplishment in power hitting.

The statistic Extra-Base Hits Allowed (for example by a pitcher or by the fielding team in general) is denoted by the abbreviation XBA.

Hank Aaron Award

The Hank Aaron Award is given annually to the Major League Baseball (MLB) players selected as the top hitter in each league, as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media. It was introduced in 1999 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Hank Aaron's surpassing of Babe Ruth's career home run mark of 714 home runs. The award was the first major award to be introduced by Major League Baseball in 19 years.

For the 1999 season, a winner was selected using an objective points system. Hits, home runs, and runs batted in (RBI) were given certain point values and the winner was the player who had the highest tabulated points total.In 2000, the system was changed to a ballot in which each MLB team's radio and television play-by-play broadcasters and color analysts voted for three players in each league. Their first place vote receives five points, the second place vote receives three points, and the third place vote receives one point. Beginning in 2003, fans were given the opportunity to vote via MLB's official website, MLB.com. Fans' votes account for 30% of the points, while broadcasters' and analysts' votes account for the other 70%.The award is handed out to the winners of both leagues before Game 4 of the World Series each year, with Aaron himself presenting the awards.

The first winners of the award were Manny Ramirez and Sammy Sosa in 1999, while the most recent winners are J. D. Martinez and Christian Yelich. Alex Rodriguez won the award four times, the most of any player. The winner with the most hits was Todd Helton in 2000, Barry Bonds in 2001 had the most home runs, and Manny Ramírez in 1999 had the most RBIs. Players from the Boston Red Sox have won the award five times, the most of any team.

Jeff Motuzas

Jeffrey R. Motuzas (born October 1, 1971 in Nashua, New Hampshire) is a baseball bullpen catcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks but now throws batting practice for the Washington Nationals after being out of the game for years.

Motuzas attended Nashua High School where he was a Rawlings First Team All American his senior year. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 13th round (343rd overall) of the 1990 Major League Baseball Draft. Motuzas played for the Yankees minor league system until he retired from playing in 1996 at AAA.

Motuzas has served as the bullpen catcher for the Diamondbacks since 1998 and retired in 2012. Also of note has been Motuzas participating in the Home Run Derby as a Derby pitcher for Luis Gonzalez, Barry Bonds, Todd Helton, Lance Berkman and Sammy Sosa, a role that is almost always filled by players other than actual pitchers.

Jeff also coached travel ball during the time he wasn't working for an MLB Team. He was a catching coach for AZ T-Rex Baseball. He always brought peanuts instead of seeds. Jeff was the best BP thrower in the organization even better than Rex Gonzalez the team owner. Tuzes would end up leaving because his favorite/best catcher (Donovan McMullen) was too advanced for him.

List of Colorado Rockies first-round draft picks

The Colorado Rockies are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Denver, Colorado. They play in the National League West division. The Rockies have participated in MLB's annual June draft since 1992. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks. Since the franchise was established as an expansion team in 1992, the Rockies have selected 30 players in the first round. The First-Year Player Draft is unrelated to the 1992 expansion draft through which the Rockies filled their roster.

Of the 30 players selected in the first round by the Rockies, 18 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 12 of these have been right handed, and 6 have been left-handed. The Rockies have also selected five outfielders, four shortstops, and one player each at catcher, first base, and third base. The Rockies have never selected a second baseman in the first round. The Rockies have drafted 16 players out of high school, and 14 out of college. Colorado has drafted seven players from high schools or colleges in the state of California, with five coming from Texas and three from Tennessee. The Rockies' 2002 selection—Jeff Francis—is the only selection from outside the United States.

None of the Rockies' first-round picks have won a World Series championship with the team, and no pick has been elected to the Hall of Fame. The Rockies' first-round selection in 1999—Jason Jennings—won the MLB Rookie of the Year award with the franchise in 2002, his first full season in the Major Leagues. Todd Helton—the Rockies' 1995 selection—has won four Silver Slugger Awards and three Gold Gloves, as well as being named to five All-Star teams. Casey Weathers, the Rockies' 2007 selection, won a bronze medal in baseball with the United States team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Rockies have never held the first overall pick in the draft, but held the second overall pick once, which they used in 2006 to select Greg Reynolds.The Rockies have received nine compensatory picks, including seven selections made in the supplemental round of the draft since the franchise's first draft in 1992. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year. The Rockies have failed to sign their first round pick only once—2000 selection Matt Harrington—for which they received the 44th overall pick in the 2001 draft.

List of Colorado Rockies team records

These are lists of Colorado Rockies records from their inception all the way through the 2018 season.

List of Major League Baseball doubles records

Major League Baseball has various records related to doubles.

Players denoted in boldface are still actively contributing to the record noted.

(r) denotes a player's rookie season.

List of Silver Slugger Award winners at first base

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League (AL) and the National League (NL), as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball (MLB). These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.Among first basemen, Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies and Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals have won the most Silver Sluggers, with four each. Goldschmidt won the award in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018, Helton won four consecutive awards from 2000 to 2003, while Pujols won the award in 2004 and three consecutive times from 2008 to 2010. Pujols has also won the award at third base and outfield before converting to first base. In the American League, five players have won the award three times: Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers; 2010, 2015, 2016) Cecil Cooper (Milwaukee Brewers; 1980–1982); Carlos Delgado (Toronto Blue Jays; 1999–2000, 2003), Don Mattingly (New York Yankees; 1985–1987); and Mark Teixeira (Texas Rangers, 2004–2005; New York Yankees, 2009). Jeff Bagwell, formerly of the National League's Houston Astros, has also won the award three times (1994, 1997, 1999). One player has won the award while playing for two different teams during his winning season. Fred McGriff was traded by the San Diego Padres to the Atlanta Braves during the 1993 season; he won the Silver Slugger Award with a .291 batting average and 37 home runs between the two teams. One father-son combination has won the award: Cecil Fielder won the American League Silver Slugger with the Detroit Tigers in 1990 and 1991, and his son Prince Fielder won the National League award with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2007 and 2011, and the American League award with the Tigers in 2012. José Abreu and Paul Goldschmidt are the most recent winners.

Helton holds the record for the highest batting average in a first baseman's Silver Slugger-winning season with the .372 mark he set in 2000. In the American League, Frank Thomas' .353 batting average in 1994 ranks first, and is the third-best in the history of the award. Mark McGwire holds the records in both leagues for highest slugging percentage, and the National League record for most home runs. McGwire slugged .730 for the Oakland Athletics in 1996, the year before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1998, McGwire hit 70 home runs on his way to the Major League home run record, slugging .752 while battling the entire season with Sammy Sosa. Chris Davis holds the American League record for most home runs in a Silver Slugger season when he hit 53 in 2013. Andrés Galarraga had 150 runs batted in (RBI) in 1996 when he won the award, followed closely by Ryan Howard's 2006 total of 149. The American League record for a Silver Slugger winner is 145 RBI, achieved by Mattingly (1985) and Delgado (2003).

Ryan Shealy

Ryan Nelson Shealy (born August 29, 1979) is an American former professional baseball player who played six seasons in Major League Baseball as a first baseman. Shealy played college baseball for the University of Florida, and thereafter, he played professionally for the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals and Boston Red Sox.

Shealy was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He attended Cardinal Gibbons High School in Fort Lauderdale, where he played high school baseball for the Cardinal Gibbons Chiefs.

Shealy received an athletic scholarship to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, and played for coach Andy Lopez and coach Pat McMahon's Florida Gators baseball teams from 1998 to 2002. He graduated from Florida with a bachelor's degree in advertising in 2002.

The Colorado Rockies selected Shealy in the eleventh round of the 2002 Major League Baseball Draft. Shealy began his career playing for the Casper Rockies (now the Grand Junction Rockies), an advanced rookie team that is part of the Pioneer Baseball League. He won the USA Baseball Richard W. "Dick" Case Player of the Year Award in 2005.Shealy made his major league debut on June 14, 2005. In his rookie year, he compiled an impressive .330 batting average (30–for–91) with two home runs, 16 RBI, and no errors in 36 games played. Shealy was the Rockies' primary backup to starting first baseman and five-time All-Star Todd Helton, and was also the designated hitter during interleague games in 2005. Shealy also played in 2005 for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox.

Shealy played all of 2006 in Triple-A prior to the All-Star Game, batting .284 with 15 home runs and 55 RBI in 58 games. On July 31, 2006, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals for Jeremy Affeldt and Denny Bautista. He made a big impact, hitting .280 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 51 games, before being stopped by illness.

On December 17, 2009, Shealy signed a minor league contract with the Tampa Bay Rays with an invitation to spring training.

On June 17, 2010, he signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox. He was called up on July 7, due to an injury to Kevin Youkilis. He was outrighted to the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox two weeks later, after going hitless in seven at-bats. On August 14, 2010, the Boston Red Sox released Shealy.

He played in 2011 in the Toronto Blue Jays organization with the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s. In 62 games, he hit .272 with 11 home runs and 56 RBI.

Silver Slugger Award

The Silver Slugger Award is awarded annually to the best offensive player at each position in both the American League and the National League, as determined by the coaches and managers of Major League Baseball. These voters consider several offensive categories in selecting the winners, including batting average, slugging percentage, and on-base percentage, in addition to "coaches' and managers' general impressions of a player's overall offensive value". Managers and coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their own team. The Silver Slugger was first awarded in 1980 and is given by Hillerich & Bradsby, the manufacturer of Louisville Slugger bats. The award is a bat-shaped trophy, 3 feet (91 cm) tall, engraved with the names of each of the winners from the league and plated with sterling silver.The prize is presented to outfielders irrespective of their specific position. This means that it is possible for three left fielders, or any other combination of outfielders, to win the award in the same year, rather than one left fielder, one center fielder, and one right fielder. In addition, only National League pitchers receive a Silver Slugger Award; lineups in the American League include a designated hitter in place of the pitcher in the batting order, so the designated hitter receives the award instead.Home run record-holder Barry Bonds won twelve Silver Slugger Awards in his career as an outfielder, the most of any player. He also won the award in five consecutive seasons twice in his career: from 1990 to 1994, and again from 2000 to 2004. Retired former New York Mets catcher Mike Piazza and former New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez are tied for second, with ten wins each. Rodriguez' awards are split between two positions; he won seven Silver Sluggers as a shortstop for the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers, and three with the Yankees as a third baseman. Wade Boggs leads third basemen with eight Silver Slugger Awards; Barry Larkin leads shortstops with nine. Other leaders include Ryne Sandberg (seven wins as a second baseman) and Mike Hampton (five wins as a pitcher). Todd Helton and Albert Pujols are tied for the most wins among first baseman with four, although Pujols has won two awards at other positions. David Ortiz has won seven awards at designated hitter position, the most at that position.

Tennessee Volunteers baseball

The Tennessee Volunteers baseball team represents the University of Tennessee in NCAA Division I college baseball. Along with most other Tennessee athletic teams, the baseball team participates in the Eastern division of the Southeastern Conference. The Volunteers play all on-campus home games at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Jerry Colquitt
Tennessee Volunteers Starting Quarterbacks
1994
Succeeded by
Peyton Manning
Preceded by
Scott Rolen
Sporting News NL Rookie of the Year
1998
Succeeded by
Preston Wilson
Preceded by
Dmitri Young
Topps All-Star Rookie First Baseman
1998
Succeeded by
Brian Daubach
Preceded by
Vladimir Guerrero
Sammy Sosa
Vladimir Guerrero
Brian Jordan
National League Player of the Month
May 2000
August 2000
May 2002
April 2003
Succeeded by
Jeff Kent
Richard Hidalgo
Jeff Kent
Albert Pujols
Preceded by
Larry Walker
National League slugging percentage leader
2000
Succeeded by
Barry Bonds
Preceded by
Jeff Kent
Hitting for the cycle
June 19, 1999
Succeeded by
Chris Singleton
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