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08:11 AM ET 08.07 | In sports, where there are few walk-off careers, players are more likely not to go out in style. Which brings us to Todd Helton [who on Friday will undergo surgery on the labrum in his right hip]. He's the greatest Rockies player ever, and given his longevity, rolled-up-sleeves leadership and breathtaking statistics, there's no close second. ... For Helton to return, he would have to agree to a different role. He wouldn't be Jason Giambi, but it would be close. Helton would likely start a few days a week, pinch hit and be a defensive replacement. ... If Helton wants to get back into the batter's box. That's his prerogative. I would love to see it. But he doesn't owe us that.

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August 7, 2012  09:06 AM ET

I'd take Larry Walker over Todd Helton as all time best Rockies player.

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August 7, 2012  09:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'd take Larry Walker over Todd Helton as all time best Rockies player.

Well ... Walker played for other teams. Helton's been the Rocks his whole career.

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August 7, 2012  09:38 AM ET

The Rockies are in a bad spot because it looks like there all time best player is not going to retire on his own. He is hitting .237, bat speed is slower, and it is the same old story these guys think they still can but father time has call to let them know it is time to quit.

August 7, 2012  10:20 AM ET

time to Call it a Day!!!

August 7, 2012  10:53 AM ET
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Well ... Walker played for other teams. Helton's been the Rocks his whole career.

Good point. Guess I forgot to consider that. Either way, I mean Helton has had a great career too.

August 7, 2012  12:01 PM ET

Helton probably has the better numbers but a bit of a stretch to say there is no close second. Walker about 10 great years for Colo.

August 7, 2012  12:35 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'd take Larry Walker over Todd Helton as all time best Rockies player.

agreed

August 7, 2012  01:45 PM ET

Larry Walker probably ranks slightly ahead of Helton. Now for a VERY short list: Greatest All-Time Rockies Pitchers...

August 7, 2012  01:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

I'd take Larry Walker over Todd Helton as all time best Rockies player.

Walker's hey day came before they installed the humidor in Coors. Most of Helton's career has taken place post humidor.

Playing in Coors pre humidor was a bigger performance enhancer than any PED.

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August 7, 2012  05:38 PM ET

helton walker/walker helton/ those times had gone to the past,,,

August 7, 2012  08:24 PM ET

theere its a new sherif in twon,,,,

 
August 8, 2012  05:24 AM ET

I love this discussion, Helton v Walker.
Look at the Walker's ten years with the club, put them up against Helton's best ten-year-stretch (Cherry picking?... So?) . it's great how close they actually are. Still Helton wins it I think. Add the "career-with-one-team" aspect and it is obvious which Rockies player is the greatest.

Btw: Check out Helton's 2000 season - he was FIFTH in MVP voting!

(Gotta say, Helton's beard always irritated me, buut that's just me...)

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