Rockies Todd Helton hits 500th career double
DENVER, Colorado – Todd Helton has become the 50th player to hit 500 doubles, driving one off the right-field scoreboard in the third inning of Colorado’s game Wednesday against Arizona.
The Rockies first baseman received an ovation and the game was halted briefly as a team employee ran out to remove the bag as a memento. Helton’s hit off Jon Garland drove in Seth Smith.
Helton is the 19th player in major league history to have 500 or more doubles with the same team and the 16th left-handed hitter overall to reach the mark.
It was the second major milestone for Helton this season. May 19 at Atlanta, he singled to become the 255th big league player with 2,000 hits.
He got his 800th extra-base hit, 1,000th walk and 1,100th RBI last season.