Todd Helton has had enough.
Having decided earlier this year that this will be his final season, the Colorado Rockies decided to go public.
“I didn’t want to say I was going to return and then come back in,” Helton said before Sunday’s game against Arizona. “I talked to my wife and thought about my body and mentally how I felt going out there for every game. I’m 40. It’s time to go. It’s a young man’s game.”
Helton has spent his entire 17-year major-league career with the Rockies and set franchise records in nearly every offensive category. He announced his decision after Saturday night’s 9-2 loss, when he hit his 586th double.
Helton began Sunday as a career .317 hitter with 367 homers, 1,397 RBI, 1,394 runs, a .415 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage. He was an All-Star from 2000-04 and is the Rockies’ leader in games, hits, doubles, home runs, RBI, runs and walks. He also won three Gold Gloves at first base.
Helton won the NL batting title with a .372 average in 2000, when he led the league with 59 doubles and 147 RBI and also hit 42 home runs.
Hip soreness sidelines rookie Puig
Yasiel Puig pinch hit in the ninth inning after being left out of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ lineup against San Francisco because of left hip soreness.
The rookie grounded out with the bases loaded, ending a 4-3 loss on Sunday.
Manager Don Mattingly joked before the game that Puig could miss anywhere from “a day or two weeks” before saying that the outfielder didn’t need an MRI.
“It doesn’t seem that serious,” Mattingly said. “Just trying to give myself a big window.”
Afterward, Mattingly was sticking to the same timetable, although Puig didn’t rule out playing at Arizona. He had told the team that he could pinch hit but not play the outfield.
Puig is hitting .338 with 16 homers and 37 RBI in 91 games.
Strained groin knocks out Gonzalez
Baltimore Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez left Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays in the sixth inning with a strained right groin. Manager Buck Showalter and trainer Richie Bancells came to the mound after Gonzalez struck out Adam Lind looking to begin the sixth. After a brief conversation, Gonzalez walked off. Gonzalez allowed one run in 5⅓ innings.