Helton, Francis and the Lineup

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.


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.



2. Charlie Blackmon (L) LF 2. Darwin Barney (R) 2B
3. Jordan Pacheco (R) 1B 3. Anthony Rizzo (L) 1B
4. Wilin Rosario (R) C 4. Alfonso Soriano (R) LF
5. Tyler Colvin (L) CF 5. Starlin Castro (R) SS
6. Chris Nelson (R) 3B 6. Welington Castillo (R) C
7. Andrew Brown (R) RF 7. Josh Vitters (R) 3B
8. DJ LeMahieu (R) 2B 8. Joe Mather (R) CF
9. Drew Pomeranz (R) P 9. Jason Berken (R) P


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8 years ago

MLB baseball lineups and roster construction are always somewhat fluid things for every team, but do you realize just how different the MFL lineup on September 26th is from the Rockies Opening Day 2012 lineup: 1. SS Rutledge s/b Tulowitski (DL injured) 2. LF Blackmon s/b Gonzalez (?) 3. 1B Pacheco s/b Helton (DL injured) 4. C Rosario s/b Hernandez (DL injured) 5. CF Colvin s/b Fowler (?) 6. 3B Nelson s/b Blake (did not quite make it to opening… Read more »

Bob K.
Bob K.
8 years ago

Since Tracy has been manager one glaring issue to me is the amount of injuries especially the leg injuries. I would love to see the Rockies hire Royce Clayton as their conditioning coach.

The last year he was with the Rockies it was pointed out that he changed his workout routine to reflect how his wife (an Olympic runner) worked out. As I recall he did not have any leg issues that year.

Bob in Indy
Bob in Indy
8 years ago
Reply to  Bob K.

They need to hire Kevin Barr, Strength and Conditioning Coach for Tampa Bay. Why him, you ask? Because I was his high school hockey coach and I could get us all free tickets!!!!

8 years ago

Tracy needs to put Pacheco in the leadoff spot so that he can have the best chance of qualifying to be among the league leaders in batting average. Last night Ruttledge had 5 ABs, while everyone else had 4.

8 years ago

Interesting stuff, Jared. Thanks for sharing it. Orange, you make a good point. Part of the reason for the all Minor League-type starting lineup is that players who are dinged up don’t play in meaningless games in September. If the Rockies were a game out of the wild card I’m pretty sure you’d be seeing CarGo and Tulo out there. Part of it is also Tracy (Geivett?) trying to get a handle on who should be back next year. And… Read more »

Cisco Kid
Cisco Kid
8 years ago
Reply to  Agbayani

Ag, In the scenario you visualize above about Helton playing his last home game at Coors this time next season were to ever play itself out, I’m sure that MFL Tracy would keep him out of the lineup. You might recall earlier this year on the last game before the ASG MFL, in his infinite wisdom “rested” Cargo on that last game and denied him and the home fans the opportunity for an ovation prior to him going to the… Read more »

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