Helton to retire after 17 years with Rockies

Helton to retire after 17 years with Rockies

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PHOENIX (AP) - Longtime Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton plans to retire at the end of the season.
    
The 40-year-old Knoxville native will have completed 17 seasons in the major leagues, all with Colorado. The five-time All-Star's last game at Coors Field will be Sept. 25.
    
The Rockies announced the former Vol's decision in a statement they released after their game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.
    
Rockies owner Dick Monfort said, "For seventeen years, number 17 has been the icon of Colorado Rockies baseball."
    
Helton is a career .317 hitter with 367 home runs, 1,397 RBIs, 1,394 runs, a .415 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage in 2,235 career games.
    
He was an All-Star from 2000 to 2004 and will end his career as the Rockies' leader in games, hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, runs and walks.

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