I think many people that are around MLB know that Todd Helton has been our era's most underrated hitter. He has had great years in a era when hitters were juicing.
What hurts Todd is that he played in Coors, and in that altitude it isn't very hard to hit bombs and put up awesome numbers. What helps support this statement is that since 2006, when they started using the speacialized balls to even the game out, Helton only has had 50 HRs and 266 RBI.
But the voters can't punish a player for that, right? After all before the new balls he did have 271 HR, 915 RBI, a .337 BA, and 373 doubles. So obviously he has to have some ability.
From ages 24-31 Todd did average 33 HR, 113 RBI, .338 BA, and 46 doubles.
Helton will forever be remembered as a extra base hitter, each season from 1998 to 2007, he had at least 30 doubles.
What has hurt Bert Blyleven's support for the HOF is that he never really achieved a high level of fame, and never played in a big market.
If this is the case Todd faces the same problems, playing his entire career with the Rockies, a small market team.
I believe if Todd wants to make the Hall Of Fame he has to get over 350 HR, 1600 RBI, maintain his BA, and get over 2500 hits. He probably won't get in on first ballot even with these numbers but he should make it.
His numbers right now are 321 HR, 1181 RBI, .328 and 2028 Hits. So those numbers are achievable.
This should make for good debate, so comment and I will get back to you.
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