Not possible to replace Helton, Morneau says

KUSA - It's easier to spot who isn't at Rockies spring training than who is.

The most prominent absence - that those within the organization expect to see coming walk out of that locker room any day - is, of course, Todd Helton. For 17 season he was the statute figure for Colorado and he's not coming back. Colorado signed a suitable replacement in Justin Morneau, but even he knows he won't ever be able to truly fill the void that Helton left behind.

"You can't replace someone like that. I'm just going to go out there and try to be myself," Morneau said.

Playing first base for the Rockies isn't something that comes with low expectations - especially not defensively. Helton secured three gold gloves over his iconic career that included countless spectacular picks and unbelievable stabs

"He's a solid defender," Weiss said. The manager has watched him early on in spring training and on film during the offseason. "I think Todd [Helton] is the best I've ever seen. I don't think that should be the standard. It's not realistic."

Morneau's skill set is much different than that of the one Rockies fans are used to. The longtime Minnesota Twin is a former American League most valuable player though -even Helton himself can't claim such a feat. While he prides himself on being a capable defender there are other spots in which Morneau can help the club.

"There's things that I do well and things that I can do to help this team win. I going to go out there and try to do that. I'm not going to try to be Todd or be Larry [Walker] or be anybody else," he continued. "I'm just going to try to do my part."

Replacing Helton as a player will be difficult, but Morneau is up to the task of easing that transition.


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