“The Toddfather” was recently voted the favorite Rocky by fans and it’s easy to understand why. Todd Helton was very much the face of the Colorado Rockies during his tenure.
If you hear anyone speak about the Colorado Rockies’ Todd Helton, they will tell you he was special and you just knew it. His number 17 was retired in 2014 to seal the affection for the first baseman that had won fans over near and far.
2012 was his 16th season (15th full season) in the majors and with the Rockies. He started every opening day at first base holding the franchise record for doing so.
Helton’s accolades are many with a long list of awards we will hope to condense. The Hank Aaron Award was given to Helton in 2000 and he made an appearance in the home run derby in 2001.
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Helton would be an all-star for the 2000-2005 seasons earning the NL Silver Slugger 2000-2003 and the Rawlings NL Gold Glove in seasons 2001, 2002, and 2004.
While the Toddfather and family remained in Colorado after his retirement, he hails from Tennessee. A young Helton lettered in baseball and football in high school at Knox Central (Tenn.) High School.
He was later the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee for both football (where he played behind Peyton Manning) and baseball. Baseball took over from there and the rest as they say is history.
Helton has an impressive amount of awards for baseball (and sometimes football haha) but he has a few for being a great person as well. He is the fan favorite for good reason. He received the 2002 Humanitarian Award at the Sports Fans Choice Awards and was named Man of the Year in Tennessee by the Boy Scouts of America in 2004.
He participated in the Rockies “Care and Share Program” making visits to Children’s Hospital and was the recipient of the Rockies’ Roberto Clemente Award in both 2000 and 2002.
On the field and off, it’s easy to see why Todd Helton is a Rockies fan favorite.