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Todd Helton has become a top player in the National League.  He holds the highest career batting average of any active player.  In the history of major league baseball, Helton ranks in the top twenty-five in batting average.  In 2000, Helton lead the majors in seven separate hitting categories.

Todd Helton was born in the college football Mecca of Knoxville, TN in 1973.  Helton played college baseball at a football school, the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  To pass the time between baseball season, Todd ambitiously laced up his set of shoulder pads every Saturday for the Volunteer football team.  He never received much playing time on the gridiron for the Vols, but baseball was his true calling.

Drafted with the 8th pick in the first round of the 1995 amateur draft by the Colorado Rookies, Helton made his major league debut on August 7, 1997.  He has played in four consecutive All-Star Games and received a significant portion of the votes for NL MVP three times.  He was also awarded two NL Gold Gloves at first base.



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