‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Todd Helton VS Lance Berkman
Before we get into the number-crunching, let me say that the conversation about either one of these players and their potential induction into Cooperstown as a Baseball Hall of Famer is a fun one. Both players were stars. And while never may have been tagged as ‘the best’ over the course of a season or multiple seasons, they both performed at superstar levels for many, many years.
Would I vote either of them into the Hall of Fame? That is a great question, and one worth some time to think about.
But, we can put them in a steel-cage and let their numbers battle to help determine which one had a better career.
So, that is what we will do.
And here are the numbers:
|200 Hit Seasons||2||0|
|150-199 Hit Seasons||9||7|
|30-39 HR Seasons||4||4|
|40+ HR Seasons||2||2|
And now, time to break it down and cast a vote.
Ultimately for me, the players can be judged on a few base areas of the game: hitting, run production, defense, and star status.
While Lance Berkman was a supreme hitter, Todd Helton’s overall numbers are much better and more impressive. His number of seasons above .300 is exceptional – 12 out of 17.
Power numbers are solid for both, and each offered similar home run, RBI, and run production.
Todd Helton won three Gold Glove Awards for defensive excellence at First base while Berkman was never recognized as an elite defender.
Lastly, Todd Helton is without a doubt the greatest Colorado Rockies player of all-time (to this point) and he has been the face of the franchise for 20+ years. Lance Berkman is an Astros legend, and deserves his spot as one of the team’s best offensive players, but he has company there with Biggio, Bagwell, etc.
For me this battle is strong, but one man comes out on top every time (except stolen bases) and that player is Todd Helton.
He gets my vote!!
And now, it is your turn to vote – Todd Helton VS Lance Berkman