Rockies mow '17' into outfield to start off 'Retire 17' weekend in honor of Todd Helton

DENVER - The Colorado Rockies have a weekend of tributes planned in honor of the retirement of Todd Helton's number 17.

Helton, who spent all 17-years of his career with the Rockies, retired after last season. The first baseman retired with statistics in the top 100 for hits, doubles, home runs, RBIs, walks, extra-base hits, total bases, batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage, according to MLB.com.

For most of Helton's career he was the Rockies representative on the national landscape. Helton was a five-time All-Star from 2000-2004, starting in three games from 2001-2003.

Helton's number will officially be retired on Sunday, August 17. In his honor, the team will use bases and baseballs with the number 17 on them and the grounds crew mowed the number into the outfield's grass.

Colorado will play the Cincinnati Reds at 6:40 p.m. on Friday, 6:10 p.m. on Saturday and 2:10 p.m. Friday. Fans will receive:

Friday: Helton Bobblehead

Saturday Helton Collectible Jersey

Sunday: Helton Bobblehead Gnome

At 1:30 p.m., prior to Sunday's game, the team will hold the official ceremony for the retirement of Helton's number.

 

 

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