Best Rockie (2001)

Todd Helton

Sure, the Rockies brought in two massive, mountainlike hurlers. But they already had a bedrock to build on. So what more can you say about a 27-year-old who flirted with .400 for most of 2000 and wound up with All-Star numbers -- .372 batting average, 42 homers and 147 RBIs? Well, let's note that Todd Helton has also become one of the slickest-fielding first basemen in the National League, and he always keeps his head screwed on straight. At $4.95 million this year and $5 million in 2002, he's one of the game's great bargains and the offensive cornerstone of the Rockies' future. Andres who?


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