The Value of Helton

I hope to have it so you guys can post your own topics tonight, but there are 2 that have been put in comments that I’d like as actual posts.  Here is one from Bob in WV:

OK, here we go and “sounding off”:  One topic I never hear about is the value of Todd Helton defensively to Tulo.  We all have seen the amazing plays that Tulo has made over the years, but we take for granted that great ability to scoop the ball that Todd makes look so easy.  Troy can make his throws from anywhere with confidence because he has a human vacuum cleaner over at first to round-up those throws that are not quite on the mark.  When we assess Todd’s value to the team, is that aspect of his defense taken into account?

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rockymountainhigh
rockymountainhigh
8 years ago

Happy New Year’s! I got my eraser and wiped the 2011 off the Expo board edge to edge. Here’s to 2012 and the resurgent Rockies! *champagne clinking with fellow RWOers, especially to jaredean.*

egossage
egossage
8 years ago

I’ve brought this subject up with my wife. Without Todd at 1B Tulo is not a Gold Glove SS. You can add about 7-10 more errors to his stats.

JulieG
JulieG
8 years ago

Todd definately does make a difference at first for anyone getting him the ball. I think that a good dedicated first baseman would not make all the catches that Todd does, that it wouldn’t add up to a huge amount of errors, because Tulo would adjust his game. However, Todd is the most incredible receiving first baseman I think I have ever seen.

Bob in WV
Bob in WV
8 years ago
Reply to  JulieG

JulieG, I think you are right. Tulo would adjust his game…and cut down on the number of off-balance throws to first. The result would certainly be a few less of those fantastic plays and a few less outs garnered. Right now Tulo does have the luxury of throwing about anything he can get his hands on towards first as he knows that rarely will the ball get by Todd.

DrRockies
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DrRockies
8 years ago

I agree with just about everything said about Todd…regardless of his diminished power, his value defensively is what separates him from the first basemen who may hit 35 HR but are average at best defensively. But let’s be serious…Tulo is a gold glover not due to having a superior fielding first baseman. Granted Todd does a great job of digging out throws, however the hundreds of fielding chances that Tulo makes( we take some of his plays for granted when… Read more »

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DrRockies
8 years ago

almost forgot..GREAT new site! Kudos to jaredean!!!!!

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