The news surrounding the Rockies today, as they wind down the season, has to do with breaking records and possible returns in 2013.
The Cowboy has a great article on MLB.COM in which he sits down with Todd Helton and talks 2013 in earnest. While Helton isn’t the type that would ever think about touring the country like a “Cher Farewell Tour”, he does desire to leave the game after a complete season. That would mean leaving the game before the game left him, something the hip surgery is supposed to help with.
Nobody wants to go out having a season in the fashion that I went out. Hopefully, I will get back to baseball shape and feel good next year and be able to come back and play. Going into [the surgery, there] was always a good chance [of a comeback]. All in all, I have been really pleased the pain is gone. I felt like I should have been walking a week after the surgery even though you take it easy. But you hear some horror stories about the hip surgeries, and I was very fortunate and blessed that mine went really well.
Helton goes on to say that he isn’t getting into baseball shape yet, but he is working out and rehabbing to get the strength he needs so there wont be any issues. He also recognized that he would have a limited roll, should he make it back, in 2013, but he has no desire to have a Giambi type of roll, in that he would pinch hit here and there.
I wouldn’t be away from my family to pinch-hit. I mean, obviously I am pushing 40, and you know I can’t be out there every day. That is impossible. There are days I wake up and I am wondering, like a lot of people, how I am going to tie my shoe that day. From that point, I know there are going to be days when I am not going to out there and perform, but the days that I do feel good and feel like I can go out there and hit there all over the ballpark, I want to be out there.
You can read more about Helton wanting to leave on his own terms here.
JEFF FRANCIS AND THE RECORD
Opposing Views has a good, but sad, article the points out the Rockies are on the verge of breaking a dubious record. Jeff Francis finally pitched 100 frames on September 18, making him the last pitcher in the majors to hit that mark. The sad thing is he is not only the only one on the team to reach 100 innings, but he will likely be the only one that will end the season above the century mark.
So, what is the record?
Well, the record for the least amount of innings pitched by a team’s top innings eater would be 134, thrown by Don Wengert while with the ’97 A’s. Should Francis somehow pitch 35 innings before the end of the season then the records books can put away the eraser. As it is, they are more than likely already getting the whiteout from the top drawer.
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