Keeler: Rockies icon Todd Helton was robbed. But Hall of Fame history says justice is coming.

Todd Helton got robbed.

At least the offenses are down to misdemeanors now, but still. Eleven votes short.

You kidding me? Eleven? Eight reportedly came from Baseball Hall of Fame electors who turned in blank ballots as a middle finger to the hopefuls — as well as, presumably, to rainbows, daisies, and puppy dogs everywhere.

Nobody curmudgeons like a baseball curmudgeon.

Fun fact, Mr. Grinch: Helton’s lifetime road batting average (.287) was higher than Scott Rolen’s career average (.281) anywhere. Bonus fun: Helton’s lifetime road OPS (.855) was exactly the same as Rolen’s career mark in the same category.

One guy got let in past the velvet rope to Cooperstown Tuesday. The other guy’s still waiting.

The good news?

He won’t be waiting long.

Helton got absolutely, unequivocally robbed. Yet for The Toddfather, history tells us, a lot of the heavy lifting was in zipping to the front of the line. The Rockies icon jumped from appearing on 52.0% of the Hall’s ballots in January 2022 to 72.2% of them this year, a leap of 20.2 percentage points. The magic number for induction is 75%.

Yet 72.2%, while cruel, also turns out to be a pretty good benchmark when it comes to knocking on the door. Since 1946, eight different MLB players appeared on 72.0-72.9% of the ballots for the Hall of Fame. All eight received enough votes for induction the very next year.

To paraphrase my new best friend Deion Sanders, he’s coming.

The Curse of Coors? Kaput. The Blot of Blake Street? Toast. The Plague of Purple Pinstripes? Washed. The Mile High Mark? Cooked.

Holding Coors FIeld against Helton is like holding the blue against a Rocky Mountain Columbine. The man raked. He raked everywhere. In 2000 and ’01, he became the only man in MLB history to produce at least 100 extra-base hits in consecutive seasons.

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Source:: The Denver Post

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