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Todd Helton returns to baseball in volunteer position at the University of Tennesee

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VFL Todd Helton joins Vol Baseball staff | UT Sports

Todd Helton is returning to baseball. This time as the Director of Player Development for the University of Tennesee baseball program, a volunteer position that will involve “maintaining alumni relations, assisting with on-campus recruiting, collaborating with UT’s coaching staff and helping Tennessee’s current players make informed decisions about pursuing professional baseball careers,” as stated in the UT announcement. Helton, who played for the Vols from 1993 to 1995, is excited to give back to the program that preceded his remarkable 17-year major league career.

Rockies' McGee will pitch for US in World Baseball Classic |

Add Rockies reliever Jake McGee to the impressive roster the US will sport at this year’s World Baseball Classic in March. McGee joins teammate Nolan Arenado as the Rox donning stars and stripes in the 13-day tournament. The team boasts several of the game’s elite, including Giancarlo Stanton, Paul Goldschmidt, and Max Scherzer among others.

Who's No. 1? MLB Pipeline to unveil Top 100 Prospects |

MLB Pipeline will name its Top 100 Prospects for the 2017 season Saturday night. Last year’s 1-2 punch, Corey Seager and Byron Buxton both exceeded their rookie limits in 2016, but look for Yoan Moncada (No. 7) and Dansby Swanson (No. 8) to be named yet again this year. Follow along live on Twitter with a number of prospects—including Rockies prospect Brendan Rodgers (@broddddd3)—as they live-tweet the festivities.

Hall of Fame five-year outlook: Bonds, Clemens, Jeter, Ortiz among players to watch | Sports Illustrated’s Jay Jaffe names his predictions for the next five years of Hall of Fame inductees, and he’s not seeing Cooperstown in any former Rockies’ future. Todd Helton will land on the ballot in 2019. Jaffe sites position, Coors Field and a mid-career “falloff” as what he believes will keep Helton out of the Hall. Jaffe has Larry Walker exiting the ballot unelected in 2020.