Former Vol Tod Helton Just Misses HOF
For former Vol Todd Helton, it’s wait until next year. The former Tennessee Vol baseball and football star fell just shy of the needed votes to be inducted into the national Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. When the results from ballots cast by the Baseball Writers of America were revealed shortly after 6pm last night, Todd Helton’s name showed up on 72.2% of the ballots…75% is needed for induction. Todd Helton preceded Peyton Manning as UT’s quarterback, then spent 17 years in major league baseball playing his entire career for the Colorado Rockies. Helton retired with a .316 batting average…with 369 home runs and 1,406 RBI’s, plus was considered one of the best first basemen of his generation….winning three gold gloves. Helton has a good chance of getting elected to the hall of fame next year in what will be his 6th year of eligibility. A player whose name appears on at least 5% of the ballots stays on the ballot for 10 years. If a player is not elected in their 10 years of eligibility, then their only hope is to be voted in by the veteran’s committee.