December 15, 1970 |
Devils Lake, North Dakota
|Batted: Right||Threw: Right|
|April 10, 1994 for the Texas Rangers|
|Last MLB appearance|
|September 9, 2006 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
|Earned run average||4.68|
|Career highlights and awards|
High school and college 
Helling attended Lakota High School in Lakota, North Dakota for three years, before graduating from Shanley High School in Fargo, North Dakota. He was a letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. In football, he was a three-time All-Conference honoree.
Helling played college ball at Stanford University. While there he joined Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. He was selected by the Texas Rangers in the 1st round of the 1992 Major League Baseball Draft.
Baseball career 
Helling was an early critic of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, warning the Players Union as early as 1998 that drugs were a problem in the sport; he served as a Union Executive Board Member from 1999-2007.
Helling was a member of two World Series Championship teams: the 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins and the 2003 World Series Champion Florida Marlins. Despite being traded to the Texas Rangers earlier in the 1997 season which meant he did not participate in the Marlins' World Series win that year he was still awarded a World Series ring by his former teammates because of his 1/2 season contribution.
In 1998 he won five straight games on the road; no Texas pitcher matched that accomplishment again until Scott Feldman surpassed it in 2009. Helling had his best season by far in 1998 going 20-7, tying for the American League lead in wins with David Cone and Roger Clemens. His 11 road victories in 1998 set a club record, later matched by Vincente Padilla (2008) and surpassed by Scott Feldman (2009).
On June 20, 2006, Helling struck out three batters on nine pitches — Curtis Granderson, Plácido Polanco and Iván Rodríguez — in the first inning of a 10-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers. Helling became the 38th pitcher in major league history to throw an immaculate inning.
Post-baseball life 
See also 
- List of Major League Baseball wins champions
- List of Texas Rangers Opening Day starting pitchers
- Pitchers who have struck out three batters on nine pitches
- Helling Named Assistant to Fehr NY Times, March 18, 2009
- "Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Texas," The Miami Herald, 8/23/09, accessed 8/23/09
- Palmer, Matt, "Rangers roll, trim Wild Card deficit to two: Feldman stifles Orioles for 11th road victory, 15th overall," MLB.com, 9/4/09, accessed 9/4/09
- Ginzburg, David, "Feldman, Cruz lead Rangers over Orioles 5-1," Associated Press, 9/4/09, accessed 9/4/09
- Wilson, Jeff (2009-09-09). "Texas Rangers find good vibe with sweep of Tribe, 10-0". The Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2009-09-27.
- Helling to retire after 12 seasons
- Helling, Myers added to MLBPA staff
- The Man Who Warned Baseball About Steroids - Time Magazine
- Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube
|American League Wins Champion
(with Roger Clemens & David Cone)