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Rockies to honor Helton all weekend

DENVER -- Friday marks the beginning of the Rockies' three-day celebration of first baseman Todd Helton's career, with it all culminating in his jersey retirement ceremony on Sunday.

The first 15,000 fans in attendance for Friday's game against the Reds received a commemorative Todd Helton "Farewell" bobblehead.

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On Saturday, there will be another Helton-themed giveaway with the first 15,000 fans through the gates receiving a Todd Helton Player Collectible Jersey, presented by King Soopers.

And on Sunday, the first 15,000 fans in Coors Field for Helton's retirement ceremony will be treated to Todd Helton "Retire 17" Bobblehead Gnomes.

All weekend long, the Rockies will be using baseballs featuring a No. 17 logo for the three-game series. Likewise, all bases will feature the same logo.

Helton played his entire career for the Rockies from 1997-2013. In those 17 seasons, he earned three Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers and five All-Star Game berths.

Helton's finest season came in 2000, when he tied Nomar Garciaparra with a Major League-best average of .372. He also led all of baseball in doubles (59), RBIs (147) and slugging (.698) that year.

Helton is the Rockies' all-time leader in games played (2,519), homers (369), RBIs (1,406), hits (2,519), runs (1,401), singles (1,521), doubles (592) and walks (1,335).

Cody Ulm is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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