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08:16 AM ET 11.21 | Todd Helton would have played sparingly down the stretch even if the Rockies were playing more meaningful baseball. That's the bad news. The good news is that he hasn't had any back issues this offseason, increasing optimism that he will be able to duplicate his bounce-back performance. "I have been working out. There have been no problems," said Helton. ... General manager Dan O'Dowd was concerned in late September. Helton, after all, is 38 years old. But after seeing the first baseman's recovery he believes he will get similar production. Helton hit .302 with a .385 on-base percentage, 14 home runs and 69 RBIs a year ago. "There's no reason to think otherwise," [O'Dowd] said.

The Denver Post

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November 21, 2011  08:34 AM ET

Well, someone has to.

November 21, 2011  08:53 AM ET

Wait till his contact comes up. lol.

November 21, 2011  09:06 AM ET

He still has all of his own teeth!

November 21, 2011  09:32 AM ET

same story the past 5 years since he stopped juicing

November 21, 2011  10:06 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

same story the past 5 years since he stopped juicing

Isn't it a shame that all the good guys of late 90's early 2000's now suck all of a sudden?!! All after the Mitchell report.

November 21, 2011  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Isn't it a shame that all the good guys of late 90's early 2000's now suck all of a sudden?!! All after the Mitchell report.

I never really cared one way or another about juicing. If someone wants to mortgage their life-span to potentially increase their ability to play a sport, that's their prerogative. So they die before 50... maybe it was worth it for all the money and fame they accumulated during their short lives. That's their choice to make, and no one is ever forced to play sports professionally.

And don't give me the BS about being "role models" for the youth -- athletes, as Charles Barkley once put it, are not role models.

"Juice" made for some exciting baseball and rejuvenated the sport after the strike year. Like it or not. But, I don't miss those years. It's nice to have more pitcher's duels these days.

November 21, 2011  11:40 AM ET

Add in some thin air, a hitters park, and that warning track power becomes more. What hitter does not want that going for him 81 games a year?

November 21, 2011  12:39 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I never really cared one way or another about juicing. If someone wants to mortgage their life-span to potentially increase their ability to play a sport, that's their prerogative. So they die before 50... maybe it was worth it for all the money and fame they accumulated during their short lives. That's their choice to make, and no one is ever forced to play sports professionally.And don't give me the BS about being "role models" for the youth -- athletes, as Charles Barkley once put it, are not role models. "Juice" made for some exciting baseball and rejuvenated the sport after the strike year. Like it or not. But, I don't miss those years. It's nice to have more pitcher's duels these days.

ant they would have killed the sport had they not gotten rid of them.

November 21, 2011  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Isn't it a shame that all the good guys of late 90's early 2000's now suck all of a sudden?!! All after the Mitchell report.

Debatable that he was juicing. Mostly, he was aided my the hitter's park. Now, he "sucks", because he's 38 and Coors has the humidor. Those numbers wouldn't indicate that he sucks though.

November 21, 2011  06:23 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I never really cared one way or another about juicing. If someone wants to mortgage their life-span to potentially increase their ability to play a sport, that's their prerogative. So they die before 50... maybe it was worth it for all the money and fame they accumulated during their short lives. That's their choice to make, and no one is ever forced to play sports professionally.And don't give me the BS about being "role models" for the youth -- athletes, as Charles Barkley once put it, are not role models. "Juice" made for some exciting baseball and rejuvenated the sport after the strike year. Like it or not. But, I don't miss those years. It's nice to have more pitcher's duels these days.

To NOT care about juicing is saying you don't care about the sport...or the records of those that did it w/o juice. Go watch professional wrestling or something - no one cares about that crap either....sheesh.

November 21, 2011  07:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#12):

To NOT care about juicing is saying you don't care about the sport...or the records of those that did it w/o juice. Go watch professional wrestling or something - no one cares about that crap either....sheesh.

Are you a fan of the NFL? That league is plagued with juicing.

Also, the bye-gone eras were plagued with the use of amphetamines and other "PEDs." Those records are just as tainted as the modern ones.

November 21, 2011  09:56 PM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Isn't it a shame that all the good guys of late 90's early 2000's now suck all of a sudden?!! All after the Mitchell report.

That and the fact that they're all 10 YEARS OLDER NOW!

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November 21, 2011  11:03 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I never really cared one way or another about juicing. If someone wants to mortgage their life-span to potentially increase their ability to play a sport, that's their prerogative. So they die before 50... maybe it was worth it for all the money and fame they accumulated during their short lives. That's their choice to make, and no one is ever forced to play sports professionally.And don't give me the BS about being "role models" for the youth -- athletes, as Charles Barkley once put it, are not role models. "Juice" made for some exciting baseball and rejuvenated the sport after the strike year. Like it or not. But, I don't miss those years. It's nice to have more pitcher's duels these days.

Fine however your take misses the whole point of why juicing is wrong. The real point is the game should be fair at least to the extent that the player with the best talent moves up through the system, plays the most, etc. A juiced player like Brady Anderson hit 50 hrs one year and wasn't near the player those numbers represented. Someone who was actually better than Brady Anderson lost his opportunity at the expense of a drug cheat. That's where the real unfairness is. No one cares about the juicers themselves...the point is it cheats the fairness of the game itself.

November 21, 2011  11:07 PM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Are you a fan of the NFL? That league is plagued with juicing. Also, the bye-gone eras were plagued with the use of amphetamines and other "PEDs." Those records are just as tainted as the modern ones.

Not even close. Amphetamines aren't in the same league as steroids. Steroids make a player have 100% energy every day, every game, every at bat, etc. That's something amphetamines cannot do and that's why the #'s for steroids cheats reflect that.

November 22, 2011  07:39 AM ET

Todd Helton still plays baseball?

 
November 26, 2011  09:19 AM ET

Lets not forget, hitters werent the only ones Juicing, lol, Lol like a 42 year old how pitches 120 pitches in 8 innings of shut out baseball in a game 6, rolls in 2 days later and goea another 3 and 1/3rd of shutout ball again, throwin gas i may add too ! Clemons was better from 35 to 42 then 27 to 34, all pro sports should simply monitor it w an independant physicians and that way no one cld cheat, people will steal 100 bucks and face poss prison time, human nature says 100 mill on the table guys are gonna do whatever to take cAre of 10 generationa of their families ! Besides, who doesnt wanna watch their favorite players play until they are 43 hitting 50plus HR's a year ?

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