Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton will retire at the end of the season.
It had been assumed for some time that the 40-year-old was headed for retirement at seasonsend.
“Yes, this is it. It just seems like it’s time. It’s a young man’s game. I am 40 years old. I am looking forward to doing something else besides baseball. Whatever that may be. I am not sure yet,” said Helton, via the Denver Post. “I am going to start a new chapter not only in my life but our lives. It will be different. It will be difficult, but it will be exciting.”
Helton also conceded that it will be tough not playing baseball but says he plans to use his extra time to go hunting and golfing.
While bothered by back problems for the last handful of seasons, Helton is a career /317/.415/.539 hitter with 367 home runs and 1397 RBI.