If you’re reading this, you probably don’t need much convincing on Helton. He has a 60+ career WAR, .316/.414/.539 career slash-line, 139 OPS+, ranked in MVP voting six times, he was a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger Award winner, a three-time Gold Glove winner, came second in Rookie of the Year voting, and won a batting title.
Even with the park-adjusted stats, Helton is one of the best first basemen ever. The problem will be that not enough of the BBWAA writers can get over the “Coors” factor. But with the gains he has received recently, I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets is inducted in the next few years.
In my opinion, this is one of the biggest cases of someone being hurt by the PED people getting votes on the ballot.
He won an MVP in 2000, ranked in MVP voting six other times, was a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger winner, and he hit .290/.356/.500 in his career with a 123 OPS+ and a WAR of 55+.
Yet, in seven times on the ballot, he has never gotten more than the 27.5 percent of the vote that he got last year. If it’s not the PED users siphoning off some of his votes, I honestly don’t know what is.
I’d get it if he doesn’t get in but, before 2020, he never got more than 18 percent of the vote. He should be way higher than that.