Weiss feels Morneau well-suited to fill in for Helton

6:49 PM, Feb 17, 2014   |    comments
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KUSA - There may be no replacing Todd Helton in the Rockies lineup - but somebody has to play first base this season.

Manager Walt Weiss thinks that the newly acquire and former American League most valuable player Justin Morneau is qualified for that position and that difficult task.

"It would be tough for anybody to have to fill those shoes but we're doing it with a guy that has been an elite player in this league," the second-year manager said. Morneau has a career batting average of .277, 221 home runs and 863 RBI in eleven years in the big leagues. 

"Maybe that ghost isn't as overwhelming for a guy like Justin Morneau," he continued.

Helton - who retired following last season - hit .316, with 369 home runs and 1,406 RBI in his iconic 17-year career with the Rockies.

Colorado signed the longtime Twins first baseman in the offseason to a two year deal worth $12.5 million.

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