Todd Helton to become first Rockies' player to have number retired

No. 17 will never again be worn by a Colorado Rockie.
No. 17 will never again be worn by a Colorado Rockie. (USATSI)

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The Rockies are planning to retire the No. 17 in honor of Todd Helton this summer, the team announced. A three-day weekend celebration is scheduled for Aug. 15-17. The jersey will be retired on the 17th, before the Colorado's game against the Reds.

Helton, who retired following the end of the 2013 season, will be the first player in franchise history to have his number retired. The team's only retired number right now is No. 42, which has been retired league-wide in honor of Jackie Robinson.

The Rockies originally selected Helton with the eighth overall pick in the 1995 amateur draft. He went on to hit .316/.414/.539 (133 OPS+) with 592 doubles, 369 home runs and 1,406 RBI in 2,247 games for the team from 1997-2013.

Helton is, unquestionably, the best player in Rockies history. He is the franchise's all-time leader in games, doubles, homers, runs driven in, hits (2,519), walks (1,335) and WAR (61.3), among other things.

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