Richard Allen Helling (born December 15, 1970) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher.
High school and college [ edit ]
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.
Writer Chuck Klosterman describes Rick Helling as his personal archenemy.
Baseball career [ edit ]
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 to 2007. [2 ]
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 awarded a World Series ring by his former teammates because of his half-season contribution.
In 1998 he won five straight games on the road; no Texas pitcher matched that accomplishment until
Scott Feldman surpassed it in 2009. Helling had his best season in [3 ] 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 Vicente Padilla (2008) and surpassed by Feldman (2009). [4 ] [5 ] [6 ]
2000, Helling broke a 30-year-old record by giving up 66 doubles. One year later, he broke his record by allowing 68 doubles.
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, thereby becoming the 38th pitcher in major league history to throw an immaculate inning.
On February 5,
2007, he announced his retirement to spend more time with his family. [7 ]
Post-baseball life [ edit ]
On March 17, 2009, he was hired as a special assistant to the head of the
Major League Baseball Players Association, Donald Fehr. [8 ]
He currently resides in the
Twin Cities of Minnesota.
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ Klosterman, Chuck. ". "The Importance of Being Hated "" Esquire. Hearst Corporation . Retrieved 3/20/2014.
^ Helling Named Assistant to Fehr NY Times, March 18, 2009
^ , 8/23/09, accessed 8/23/09 "Recap: Tampa Bay vs. Texas," The Miami Herald
^ 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
External links [ edit ]
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1966: Tom Grieve
1967: John Jones
1968: Don Castle
1969: Jeff Burroughs
1970: Charles Maxwell
1971: Roger Quiroga
1972: Roy Howell
1973: David Clyde
1974: Tommy Boggs
1975: Jim Gideon
1976: Billy Simpson
1977: David Hibner
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1980: Tim Maki
1981: Ron Darling, Al Lachowicz
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1988: Monty Fariss
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1990: Dan Smith
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1992: Rick Helling
1993: Mike Bell
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1995: Jonathan Johnson
1996: R.A. Dickey, Sam Marsonek, Corey Lee
1997: Jason Romano
1998: Carlos Peña
1999: Colby Lewis, Mike Head
2000: Scott Heard, Tyrell Godwin
2001: Mark Teixeira
2002: Drew Meyer
2003: John Danks
2004: Thomas Diamond, Eric Hurley
2005: John Mayberry, Jr.
2006: Kasey Kiker
2007: Blake Beavan, Michael Main, Julio Borbon, Neil Ramirez, Tommy Hunter
2008: Justin Smoak
2009: Matt Purke, Tanner Scheppers
2010: Jake Skole, Kellin Deglin, Luke Jackson, Mike Olt
2011: Kevin Matthews, Zach Cone
2012: Lewis Brinson, Joey Gallo, Collin Wiles
2013: Alex Gonzalez, Travis Demeritte