Todd Helton paused as if stepping out of the batter's box and confidently addressed his future after months of uncertainty. The greatest player in Rockies history will retire at the end of the season he told The Denver Post on Saturday.

"Yes this is it. It just seems like it's time. It's a young man's game. I am 40 years old. I am looking forward to doing something else besides baseball. Whatever that may be. I am not sure yet" said Helton sitting next to his wife Christy. "I am going to start a new chapter not only in my life but our lives. It will be different. It will be difficult but it will be exciting."

Helton has been bracing for the day when he revealed his intentions to retire publicly for the first time.
Entering spring training he was convinced 17 seasons would be enough but his body sent him mixed signals. He felt better than he had for years after back hip and knee surgeries.

"During the season I definitely wavered. It usually wasn't from having a great game. I just enjoyed the competition and I felt like I had bat speed. That's what I will miss. The competition. I don't know how I will replace that yet. There were days I thought 'Maybe I can do this one year' " Helton said. "Then ultimately it's the travel being away from the family. It is just time."

Helton intentionally waited this long to make sure he was at peace with his decision as well as to prevent any fuss or a farewell tour. However the Rockies return to Coors Field on Monday and given his gratitude to the millions of fans who have cheered him for nearly two decades he wanted a chance to say goodbye during the season's final nine-game homestand. He will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. Monday.