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DENVER -- Todd Helton of the Colorado Rockies hit a ball down the left field line in the 7th inning Sunday and as he slid into second base and the umpire yelled "Safe!" Helton knew he had accomplished something special.

The 17-year veteran just recorded hit number 2,500.

"Every at-bat felt like it was getting longer and longer," Helton said in an article on the Colorado Rockies website. "I was getting a little concerned because I definitely wanted to get 2,500 here at home in front of the home crowd. I was already in my mind thinking of who was pitching tomorrow. Fans were great, teammates were great. It was mostly relief, but I was excited."

It was fitting that the milestone came on a double for the player who leads all active players with 584 career doubles. This one pushed him past Hall of Famer Robin Yount for 17th in Major League history.

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