DENVER — Former Rockies first baseman Todd Helton took a major step toward the Baseball Hall of Fame on Tuesday.
Hall of Fame voters from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America did not grant any player the necessary 75 percent for election, meaning there will be no BBWAA-elected honoree for the first time since 2013. But Helton made significant progress in the third of his 10 eligible years on the ballot.
Helton, who spent his entire 17-year career with Colorado from 1997-2013, was listed on 44.9 percent of ballots, after showing up on 29.2 percent last year. His 15.7-percent increase was the second highest among players on this year’s ballot, behind only former third baseman Scott Rolen, who jumped 17.6 percent up to 52.9.