Todd Helton Returns to the Colorado Rockies
It's been nine years since the Colorado Rockies' former first baseman Todd Helton retired from the team after an outstanding 17-year career. Recently it was announced, however, that Helton is entering back into the MLB...sort of.
Over the weekend, the club shared a post on their social media pages announcing that Helton has scored a new position with the Rockies. The 48-year-old has been hired as special assistant to General Manager Bill Schmidt.
Helton worked with the team during spring training in Arizona but for the most part, his new role will mostly focus on assisting at the minor-league level. According to ESPN, he will also help out with some draft preparation and scouting for the Rockies. Furthermore, Schmidt hopes that Helton can just be there for the other players as a soundboard and offer some wisdom that he learned throughout his lengthy career in the MLB.
Helton is the franchise leader for the Rockies in runs (1,401), hits (2,519), doubles (592), homers (369), and RBIs (1,406). His former No.17 was retired by the team on August 17, 2014.
Helton's presence back with the club has been greatly received. Before Saturday's game, Bud Black even noted how special it is that Helton is back.
Additionally, the Rockies hired another former player, Clint Hurdle, as a special assistant back in December. The two former players were on the same team that took the Rockies to their only World Series.