Helton a first time nominee for MLB HOF

Knoxville, Tenn. (WVLT)-- Will Knoxville's own Todd Helton make it to Cooperstown? I'd like to think he will some day, but his first chance is coming up this year.

The former Central High School and University of Tennessee standout as well as Major League All-Star with the Colorado Rockies has been placed on the ballot for the MLB Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility.

The BBWAA will announce the results of its 2019 Hall of Fame balloting. Any electees will be inducted on Sunday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the Clark Sports Center in Cooperstown. The BBWAA has elected at least two Hall of Fame candidates in five straight years and a total of 16 candidates during that time.

As far as Todd making it his first time out, that's easier said than done especially having played out in the Mile High City. Some critics feel the high elevation in Colorado gives those guys who play out there an unfair advantage. We'll see!

Helton was one of the game's most prolific hitters batting .316 and hitting 369 home runs over 17 seasons. All 17 played with the Rockies in Denver.