Former Rocky Mountain base player and current Baseball Hall of Fame candidate Todd Helton was sentenced to two days in prison for a 2019 DUI arrest in Knoxville, Tennessee, following an accident in a car. A deputy prosecutor confirmed his conviction to USA Today on Monday.
Scott Gleeson of USA Today writes:
According to a police report obtained by USA TODAY Sports, Helton’s vehicle crashed into a pole. He claimed that he had taken an Ambien in the afternoon, however, the duty officer wrote in the report that Helton had a cup in his car that smelled of alcohol.
Helton, 46, is a Knoxville native who played baseball and football at the University of Tennessee. He spent 17 seasons with the Rockies, and in that time he had 369 homers and 2,519 career hitsfrom 133. Helton was also a five-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner at first. He retired after the 2013 season.
Helton first appeared in the Writers’ Hall of Fame in 2019. In his first year, he was named to 16.5% of the ballot, and in 2020 that number increased to 29 , 2%. Candidates are 10 years old on the ballot, provided they remain above 5.0 percent, and must be named on at least 75.0 percent of the ballots in order to win the election.
Helton was, just before its last season in the majors. In accordance with these accusations, and was sentenced to one year of probation and 24 hours of community service. He was also fined.