In a Denver Post Column today, Rockies writer Mark Kiszla suggested that long-time Rockies first baseman Todd Helton has become a drain on the team, and should be benched.
Helton, who has been with the Rockies since 1997, holds Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,170), home runs (326), doubles (516), walks (1,158), runs scored (1,239), RBIs (1,211), on-base percentage (.427), games played (1,849) and total bases (3,732). The 5-time all star has been the face of the young franchise for over a decade.
However, as Kiszla points out, the 36-year-old first baseman is off to the worst start of his career, posting a .269 batting average (his career average is .327) and--even more troubling for a first baseman--belting just a single home run through 38 games played.
Kiszla suggested that veteran designated hitter Jason Giambi should start at first base, where he could provide the Rockies with more consistent power.
Kiszla's column was spurred on by Giambi's 4-RBI game on Sunday, during which he hit a 415-foot homerun. But grumbling about Helton's lack of production didn't start with Giambi's big game.
What do you think? Is it time for the Rockies to admit that Helton isn't the player he once was?