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Postby djacks » Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:15 pm

Does this hurt or help his value? Is it muscle or fat?

Will the extra weight hurt his bat speed thus lowering his batting avg?

Or will it help him stay healthy and hit more HR's?

Thoughts?
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Postby kentx12 » Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:24 pm

I haven't heard anything about this but it could only help his power numbers couldn't it?
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Postby BKeller » Mon Feb 09, 2004 5:24 pm

The report that I saw was odd. In a very Ivan Drago, Rocky IV sort of comment, Helton said, "I am strong like a bull." But he qualified the statement by adding something like, "at least I hope so." Supposedly, he added muscle rather than lard.

Since he's not a speedster, you've got to figure that the weight doesn't rob him of SBs. He'll probably hit a few more HRs but have a slightly lower AVG from being (even) less able to beat out ground balls. On balance, a slight plus, but not a meaningful factor for me. Also, I'm hesitant to ascribe much credibility to the report without knowing more details about how he gained the weight, where he worked out, etc.; you don't hear many athletes saying, "I bulked up on Doritos and Mountain Dew over the offseason," so until we see whether he's blasting 500 foot homers in spring training every day, he's not moving up or down much for me.
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Postby djacks » Mon Feb 09, 2004 8:15 pm

Found this on CBSsportsline:

Todd Helton, 1B COL

News: Helton, who finished last season at 199 pounds, now weighs 220 pounds, his heaviest weight ever. "I am strong like a bull. At the least that's what I hope," Helton told the Denver Post. "I don't think I will have any problem getting used to it. I will know more when I start hitting."

Analysis: Helton, who said his back is no longer an issue, followed a less rigid diet during the offseason. He should remain one of the best players in Fantasy Baseball.

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Postby tlef316 » Mon Feb 09, 2004 8:47 pm

badabababa He's lovin it. ;-D

if this is true, it cant be good. why would any baseball player, especially a star like helton put on 20 pounds of non-muscle. it makes no sense.
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Postby GSes » Mon Feb 09, 2004 10:20 pm

Hetlon
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1st RD pick ;-D

Should improve HR's
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Postby moose » Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:37 pm

Id still draft him. The guy can hit. Fat or not.
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Postby Grouperman941 » Mon Feb 09, 2004 11:41 pm

moose wrote:Id still draft him. The guy can hit. Fat or not.


... and I bet he'll steal just as many as last year. :-D

Seriuosly, though, if he is a lot slower, might that hurt his runs scored?
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Postby AuburnTigers » Tue Feb 10, 2004 2:32 am

Helton+20lbs+Coors Field=55 HRs

A little extra padding helps prevent injuries
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Postby ramble2 » Tue Feb 10, 2004 5:23 am

Helton turned 30 last August. Metabolism changes a bit around that age. That belly gets harder and harder to get rid of. I doubt it will affect his baseball ability much.
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