- TODD HELTON
Helton is a former MLB first baseman who spent his entire 17-year career with one team, the Colorado Rockies. He is the only person to have his number retired with the club.
The Knoxville, Tennessee native excelled in both baseball and football at Central High School. After his senior year, he was drafted to the San Diego Padres in the 1992 MLB draft but decided to go the college route instead, taking up the University of Tennessee on their scholarship offer. After three solid seasons there, Helton was again selected in the 1995 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies, 8th overall. He spent two years bouncing around the minor leagues with the Colorado Rockies’ affiliates before making his debut in 1997. After 17 strong seasons, Helton announced his retirement in 2013. He had earned approximately 40 different awards for his success within the sport, including three Gold Gloves, four Silver Sluggers, and five All-Star nods.
Similar to Beckett, Helton has kept quiet since his retirement. His only notable publicity was when was honoured by the Rockies in 2014 as they retired his number 17 jersey. He currently resides in Brighton, Colorado with his wife and their two daughters.
- LANCE BERKMAN
Berkman, also known as “Big Puma”, is one of the most charitable men to ever play the game of baseball. Not to take away from his tremendous on-field abilities, he is also one of the best switch-hitters to ever play the game.
Berkman began his road to the big leagues at Rice University, where was named the 1997 National College Player of the Year after hitting the third-most long-bombs in NCAA history with 41. The Houston Astros took the big Texan, a native of Waco, in the first round of the 1997 draft and, after playing two and a half years in the minors, he was called up to the big league squad. Despite being on a number of powerhouse Astros clubs, Berkman had to wait until his 2011 signing with the St. Louis Cardinals for his first and only World Series ring. The Big Puma retired after the 2013 season, signing a one-day contract with the team that drafted him so that he could retire as an Astro. Berkman finished his career with the record for the most home runs and RBIs in a single season by a switch-hitter. The outfielderfirst-baseman was known for his charitable efforts, running a group called the “Berkman Bunch” which allowed underprivileged kids to meet him before games and donating just over $2.4 million to the “To The Lord’s Fund” charity. He was named to Forbes’ 30 Most Generous Celebrities for his actions.
Since Berkman hung up his cleats, he has lent his expertise to a Houston-area high school, Second Baptist, where he has been the head baseball coach since 2015. He also continues his charitable efforts with the two foundations he runs.