Colorado Rockies: A look at All-Star snubs throughout their history

DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)
DENVER, CO - JUNE 19: Adam Ottavino #0 of the Colorado Rockies pitches against the New York Mets in the seventh inning of a game at Coors Field on June 19, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images) /
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28 Jun 1998: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during an interleague game against the Oakland Athletics at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Athletics 11-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport
28 Jun 1998: Todd Helton #17 of the Colorado Rockies looks on during an interleague game against the Oakland Athletics at Coors Field in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Athletics 11-10. Mandatory Credit: Brian Bahr /Allsport /

1998 was the year that the Rockies hosted the All-Star game at Coors Field. At the time, Coors was in it’s 4th season of play. For comparison now, it is the third oldest stadium in the National League, behind only Wrigley Field (1914) and Dodger Stadium (1962).

The Rockies had three players who were All-Stars in 1998, which included Larry Walker (who started in center field for Marlins manager Jim Leyland (who became the Rockies manager in 1999) and the NL), as well as Dante Bichette, and Vinny Castilla.

They still did have some a snub, though, in first baseman Todd Helton, who was in his rookie season.

Here’s a look at Helton’s first half of the 1998 season.

First or Second Half
Split G GS PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
1st Half 82 68 302 271 39 74 16 13 45 27 32 .273 .342 .483 .826 .269 81 117

Helton put up a good first half of the season but really picked it up in the second half, as you can see by his tOPS+. Look at his monster numbers from the second half.

First or Second Half
Split G GS PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS BAbip tOPS+ sOPS+
2nd Half 70 66 293 259 39 93 21 12 52 26 22 .359 .420 .579 .999 .354 120 163

He came in second in NL Rookie of the Year voting, only to Kerry Wood, the young pitching phenom who set the NL record for strikeouts in a game with 20 against the Houston Astros that May in a one-hit shutout.

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